You’ve made it through rehab! Now what?
Substance abuse treatment centers should prepare you for sober living, but sometimes it still hits you hard. You’ve been used to numbing your emotions and not taking responsibility for your life. Having to learn how to feel and to take care of yourself — to really care for yourself — isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
Buprenorphine is an opioid that is prescribed under brand names like Suboxone to help addicts wean off of stronger narcotics like heroin. It is meant to be used short-term with close medical supervision.
Addiction recovery is a journey of self-discovery. Before alcohol or drug treatment, you had a one-track mind: using. The cravings alone are enough to drive anyone to distraction.
After drug addiction treatment, it’s important to do whatever it takes and use as many possible resources to be sure that the addict continues on the path of recovery. When one family member struggles with addiction, most if not all other members of the family are affected. Working together as a family can be an important part of an addict’s continued recovery, and it can also improve the health of the family unit.
While you’re going through the taxing and difficult process of recovering from an alcohol addiction, choosing an AA sponsor is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make.
A great AA sponsor wears many hats. Depending on your needs, your AA sponsor will be your confidante, guide, advisor, teacher, sounding board, comrade-in-arms or shoulder to cry on when times get tough.
You want the best outcomes in recovery. That means more than just staying clean and sober. You also want to enjoy life to the fullest, just without the crutch of drugs or alcohol or other compulsive addictions that jammed you up in the first place. Thinking about the enormity of this responsibility — living a life in recovery — can be a little overwhelming. One solution that appeals to many is technology. Before diving in, however, it’s important to learn how technology can support (and also hinder) recovery.
In the fall of 2014, the winningest athlete in Olympic history didn’t want to be alive anymore. Michael Phelps had just been arrested for DUI and he was “in really a dark place,” he said.
Families trying to help a loved one struggling with addiction get a lot of mixed messages. “You’re one of the single greatest influences in your loved one’s life.” And that’s often true. Then again, you hear the “three Cs” of addiction recovery: You didn’t cause it, you can’t cure it and you can’t control it. Again, true.
Staying positive while in recovery from substance abuse or addiction is an important part of healing. What better way to be positive than to celebrate? Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), September is National Recovery Month, and a great time to celebrate your successes or the successes of a loved one. Take time this month to celebrate reaching certain goals and simply the fact that you’re sober.
People affected by alcoholism typically lower their alcohol intake when they stop smoking cigarettes, according to recently reported findings from a team of American researchers.
You may be familiar with a Boy Scout rule that encourages cleaning up after yourself: “Leave the campground better than you found it.”
This isn’t always easy in practice, especially for those whose behaviors in the throes of addiction left chaos and damage in their wake. To begin anew, taking inventory can be an enlightening and empowering way to tidy up the messes these behaviors might have created in your relationships. Better to dismantle the piles before they become unmanageable.
Getting sober doesn’t mean living a life that is always dreary and somber. Some of the best days of your life are still ahead, but it may not seem like a lot of fun at first. You may feel nostalgic when you think of some of the parties you’ve attended and the wild excitement of letting loose while under the influence of alcohol. Recovery is a learning process, and you may have to learn how to have fun without alcohol.
A recovery coach is a professional sober life coach. This is someone who guides and supports a person in recovery from addiction and helps prevent relapses. Did you know that up to 65 percent of people in the first year of recovery will relapse at least once? Those are daunting odds. The goal of a recovery coach is to be actively involved in the life of a recovering addict in order to prevent a relapse from happening. He or she acts as a combination counselor, sponsor, friend and coach. Should you think about hiring a recovery coach?
Making it through detox and rehab are major accomplishments, but transitioning back into the real world isn’t always easy. There is no graduation date for recovery, and getting out of rehab is just a step on our journey. In a lot of ways, time spent in a treatment center is safe and sheltered. We are often told what to do and when. In rehab, meetings and counseling are easily accessible and we aren’t usually tempted by alcohol or drugs in this safe environment.
Many famous musicians are all too familiar with addiction and, as a result, many songs explicitly and implicitly reference drugs. When you’re in recovery, you can often feel like everything around you carries reminders of your substance of choice, and not-so-subtle lyrics in your favorite songs don’t exactly help. However, there are many musicians who release excellent music while completely and utterly sober, even after battling addictions throughout their careers. Not only are their stories inspirations to anybody in recovery, the lyrics may strike a chord with you, and at very least the bands offer something to listen to that doesn’t glorify drug use. The Fix collected great recovery songs in the past, but now has a regular feature showcasing great sober artists.