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What’s the Difference Between the Different Types of Interventions?

When you hear the word intervention, you most likely think of a group of people surprising an individual and trying to convince the individual to go to rehab. However, that is only one specific kind of intervention. There are other kinds of interventions. Before breaking down the different types of interventions, it is important to state the reasons why an intervention might be needed. In most cases, an intervention...

Can Becoming Involved Early in Someone’s Addiction Stop It?

Let’s say you have just found out someone is addicted to a substance such as alcohol. Can your involvement stop the addiction altogether? Can you change the individual’s life so he sees the errors in his ways and now can live a healthy life? In some cases, it may not be addiction but rather a case of binge drinking. Let’s say you discover that a friend or family member is drinking heavily during the weekend...

A Snapshot of Rehab

You have probably heard the term “rehab,” but may not be sure of what exactly it is comprised of. There are many different combinations that work together to make up various rehabilitation experiences for mental health and substance use disorders. No one treatment is right for every person – it takes an individualized approach to determine what is best in each case. “The popular concept of alcohol treatment...

4 Reasons Discussing Your Addiction with Your Doctor Can Maintain Your Sobriety

Your medical doctor can actually help you stay sober in various ways in order to maintain a healthier life away from addiction. In many cases, it is easy to make things more complicated than they need to be. Think about it, if you have a problem, you can spend a lot of time doing research about the problem. You may even find different ways to solve the problem, at least in theory. However, the truth is that research...

Protecting Yourself from Alcohol in Recovery

When people are recovering from addiction, avoiding alcohol is often a significant recovery task. This is true whether the original addiction was to alcohol or another substance. Alcohol can be problematic for people recovering from addiction to drugs because it is often associated with the use of other substances and because it has similar effects on the brain. The support group Narcotics Anonymous notes that...

Finding Hope in Other People’s Stories of Recovery

Most people understand the dangers of hanging with a bad crowd. In fact, studies of individuals who relapse after detox shows that peer pressure triggers 24 percent of newly sober adults and 66 percent of adolescents who relapse, reveals U.S. National Library of Medicine research. It is easy to see how friends with whom you once partied might tempt you to rationalize using “one last time.” Peer pressure can be...

How Stress Management Can Aid Rehab

Stress is often one of the main reasons individuals participate in substance abuse. Obviously the sources of stress do not go away when you become sober, so what can you do instead of turning to the bottle to cope with life’s challenges? According to the American Institute of Stress, 44% of Americans feel more stressed today than they did five years ago. Even more shocking is the statistic that stress is the basic...

How Self Awareness Aids Recovery

Self-awareness is crucial to the recovery process. Learning about yourself means learning about the how and why of the addiction from which you are recovering. Psychologists and other experts define self-awareness as the psychological state in which people are aware of their traits, feelings and behaviors. Essentially it is being aware of how your actions, reactions, decisions and emotions impact those around you....

Finding the Discipline to Care for Yourself

When you get clean, your life is transformed, and you will no longer be the same. It is with intentional steps you can make the changes needed to live a healthier life. Everything starts with one step—one simple decision—to no longer live for another drink of alcohol. You have the power to make that choice. However, developing the discipline you need to say no to bad decisions and to say yes to the right ones is...

Seeking Rehab: Researching and Speaking to a Counselor

Rehab gives people a life-changing opportunity to break away from the pressures of life to focus on their health. Also, as it rids bodies of toxic chemicals through detox, treatment helps people sharpen coping skills and regain clarity about their lives. One key to maintaining these gains is to partner with the right therapist. Treat Your Disease with a Specialist Just like managing other chronic, progressive...

How Seeking Sober Books and Blogs Can Help Your Recovery

Libraries and bookstores typically contain several books that offer real and relatable accounts of addiction recovery, and the number of recovery blogs continues to multiply online. Quality might vary, but the right storyteller and narrative can help empower recovering addicts with hope, inspiration and motivation. As a part of the recovery process, such written accounts can help in many ways, including those listed...

Embracing Trauma Recovery as a Process

Until relatively recently, people who struggled with trauma would suffer in silence. Constant chatter and internal dialogues cluttered their minds; painful memories launch unannounced into the middle of moments to hijack emotions and flood the body with the painful yet familiar sensations of fear and dread. Although many people seek help from professionals, true healing often eludes them, so the fight to manage the...

3 Positive Effects of Healing Human Relationships

Addiction ravages relationships. Although National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) research shows that professional treatment boosts chances of achieving sobriety and lowers relapse risk, healing never happens instantaneously. Restoring trust and repairing hearts is a process that takes time—a fact that friends, family members and individuals in early recovery should keep in mind when they feel discouraged or...

Why Is Rehab So Intimidating?

The Psychiatry (Edgmont) journal stated in 2007 that shame and discrimination can motivate addicts to take extreme measures to hide their substance abuse disorder. Many addicts resist admitting to a problem because it implies they now have to do something about it, and for many, entering rehabilitation can be intimidating. Treatment professionals understand the potential intimidation, apprehension, embarrassment and...

How to Remain Sober When You Can’t Avoid Exposure to Alcohol

According to a World Health Organization, Americans consume roughly 8.67 liters of pure alcohol per capita each year. One factor that contributes to consumption — and rates of abuse — is availability. In fact, data gathered by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reveals that the presence of a high number of licensed liquor establishments in an area For many recovering alcoholics, the easiest...

4 Ways to Get Help for an Alcohol Addiction

Today more than ever, it is possible for people who are caught in the chokehold of addiction to break free. Help is plentiful. To learn ways you can reach out and receive needed care to save your life—or the life of your loved one—read on. Find Sober Friends Peer support is the cornerstone of a strong recovery. It buffers against stress and also improves resilience, according to the Mayo Clinic. Learning from...

What Happens in Treatment?

Professional treatment is one of the most dynamic ways to create a vibrant future. Some payoffs are obvious: if an addiction has ravaged your health, then regaining mental and physical fitness is a tangible result you can expect. However, other perks are more subtle. After days, weeks and months of “doing the next right thing” and walking through treatment, some people look around themselves and are pleasantly...

How to Maintain a Positive Attitude While in Recovery

A positive attitude during and after rehab is an important part of recovery. It can keep you from depression and help you realize that you deserve to lead a happy, drug-free life. Furthermore, it can give you the strength you need to make good choices on a daily basis, and it can constantly strengthen your resolve to remain sober. In other words, to maintain a positive attitude takes determination and regular use of...

Finding Determination to Live Sober

In a 2007 edition, The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment describes addiction recovery as a voluntarily maintained lifestyle epitomized by sobriety, personal health and citizenship. The early days of recovery might seem difficult, but there is good reason to find the determination to live sober. The recovery lifestyle produces positive changes, connections and opportunities that extend well beyond the physical...

How Creativity Can Help You Process Your Addiction

Many creative people struggle with addiction issues, but drug problems do not enhance creativity. Instead, it is more likely that creative people are more prone to drug abuse and addiction problems than other people are. The importance of this mindset is realizing that one can work through drug problems and addiction by using creativity. How Creativity Helps Addiction Recovery Creativity can help drug addicts work...

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