As many as one in four addicts who seek recovery services have previously tried to quit their drug, alcohol or behavioral addiction. Twelve-step recovery programs, which are based on the well-known Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) model, are successful for many people. However, some people seeking help to overcome their addiction struggle to find inspiration in the 12 steps.
Non 12-step rehab methods may appeal to you if you have already attempted Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and found it difficult to commit to. Although many people are able to overcome their addictions with AA, and with spin-off organizations like Narcotics Anonymous, not everyone finds it suitable.
The holiday season can be a triggering time of year for people in alcohol or drug addiction recovery. Strained relationships, pressures to be jovial and plenty of alcohol can make holiday gatherings a breeding ground for relapse. Sometimes the families of loved ones in alcohol or drug recovery aren’t yet ready to welcome them with open arms. Continue reading
Loving an addict can feel like riding a roller coaster on a daily basis. At times things may seem normal, but without warning there is turbulence, unpredictability and a whole lot of stress. You want to believe that everything will be all right and that things will settle down so that you can lead a somewhat normal life. But your daily reality is anything but normal.
More often than you want to admit, your life more closely resembles a circus than a story with a happily-ever-after ending. The addict is compelled to keep using drugs whether you beg, plead, scream or threaten. Friends and family urge you to leave the relationship, but for some reason you haven’t been able to do that. You know that you are putting up with a lot of unacceptable behavior, but you keep hanging on, wishing and hoping that things will change. Worst of all, at times it seems like the person in the relationship that is crazy is you. Continue reading
Stigma is a powerful force and causes addicts to feel ashamed and to keep secrets. Both addicts and those of us who judge addicts need to realize that addiction is a true disease of the brain and the body. If we can learn to view addiction the way we do asthma, high blood pressure or heart disease, we can bring addicts out of the shadows of shame and get them the help they need.
You’ve been clean for a while. You were feeling good about your sobriety and strong in your ability to avoid using again, and then it happened. You relapsed. Now you’re wondering what to do after relapse. You’re feeling ashamed, guilty and like you wasted all that sober time. Was it all for nothing? The answer is no. Relapse happens to most addicts. What you need now is time for reflection, support and a recommitment to sobriety. You don’t need shame, guilt or self-blame. These are the real time-wasters. Here’s how you pick yourself up and start over again.
Being in recovery from addiction can be a major impediment to finding work, especially when the addict has also been incarcerated. Many male Hispanic addicts in recovery find themselves in this position, and without a job and without something to do to occupy their time, these men have no income and often no motivation to say clean. A new restaurant recently opened in Worcester, Massachusetts, with the goal of helping to give these men the motivation, skills and income necessary to build new, sober lives. Continue reading
Men and women are affected differently by substance abuse, behave differently as addicts and respond differently to treatment. All this means that when choosing a rehab facility, your gender is an important consideration. Most treatment programs are coed, but female-only facilities are available. There are many reasons you might choose one of these for your addiction treatment, but ultimately only you can decide which option is best for your needs. Here are some important reasons a program focused only on women is worth considering.