May 28th, 2015
The public opinion of drug rehabilitation is that it can fix someone who is struggling with addictions and that 1-3 month stay in rehab is all that is needed to do so. However, addiction is a chronic condition, one that requires continued maintenance to keep in remission. Rehabilitation provides the treatment, guidelines and the structure for doing this. So what does one do after drug rehab to help them stay clean and sober? What follows are some suggestions to help continue the foundation laid through alcohol or drug treatment and what a person can do to help their recovery effort.
First things first, keep in mind that relapse can and does happen. It especially has a high probability in those that do not continue to focus on their recovery. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to think that you are good to go after completing treatment, or that you can start using again in moderation. It still takes time and a great personal effort and sacrifice to stay clean and drug free.
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April 1st, 2015
There is not really an easy way to determine if your drinking has escalated to a problem of alcohol abuse or even alcoholism (dependency). There is not a definite line in the sand to look at when it comes to someone’s drinking to indicate ‘hey, you have a problem.’ Instead, we have to take a look at a number of factors to determine if someone has an alcohol abuse problem or something more serious like dependency (this is also called alcoholism or an alcohol use disorder in today’s treatment terminology).
The first questions you must ask is are you concerned about your drinking, or has someone expressed concern about how much alcohol you consume? This is the first indication that maybe it has gotten out of hand. Some can take or leave being intoxicated, but others cannot get through life without. So what are some of the signs of alcoholism? This post will provide some basic indicators for individuals who may think they have a problem, and also indicators for others who may be concerned about a loved one’s drinking habits or struggles. Read More »
February 27th, 2015
Have you had enough? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Do you feel that there is no way out of the downward spiral? If you are someone that is struggling with alcohol problems or drug addiction, the answer to these questions can make all the difference in the world around you. And even though you are struggling, we want you to know that there is hope and answers for your problem. This is a condition that is treatable. More than ever before people are finding ways through alcohol or drug treatment to get sober and to stay that way. What follows are some simple tips to help you and hopefully inspire you to make that call. Asking for help can seem to be such a daunting task, but can make all the difference in a bright and hopeful future. Read More »
November 25th, 2014
In November especially, it always seems that people take a little more time for gratitude in their lives. Every year we take stock around Thanksgiving of all the things and people we are grateful for. For those in recovery, gratitude must become a central part of life to help them with sobriety, not just during the holidays. Getting to this point in recovery is not an easy process, but when we have an attitude and behavior of gratitude; it can change our entire outlook on things.
Why Gratitude in Addiction Recovery?
It really comes down to the mindset of addicts. “I’m different,” “Me vs. the world” or “Everyone is out to get me” are all common ways of selfish thinking when in the throes of addiction and using. It’s actually a defense mechanism to protect our erratic behaviors. How does gratitude help this? It’s the opposite of virtually all these behaviors. One gets to thinking less of self and more on the efforts of those trying to help. It develops humility and gratefulness. By cultivating this in addiction treatment and in recovery, we develop a better mindset overall and have a much more positive perspective on life. Gratitude is even backed by science studies. Those who practice gratitude are generally happier people. Read More »
October 20th, 2014
When you have a spouse or partner struggling with drinking or with alcoholism it can be quite an emotional roller coaster. Alcohol and drug rehab is a step in the right direction, but addiction recovery can have its ups and downs as well. Even in sobriety, a rocky road is ahead. A common question that a spouse may have is “How do I support my husband/wife in addiction recovery?” Today we provide you with 5 helps on how to offer this support.
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