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Life Skills Training for Recovering Addicts

Why Life Skills Training Is Crucial To Addiction Recovery

People struggling with alcohol or drug addiction usually are not able to overcome addiction on their own. Treatment centers are essential resources for individuals struggling with addiction issues. Unfortunately, 40 to 60 percent of people who go through a rehab program relapse after leaving treatment. Part of this is because the program wasn’t long enough, or the individual quit the program too soon due to personal reasons. Life Skills Training is essential for long-term recovery.

Developing healthy life skills is essential to successful sobriety. Treatment centers provide the necessary tools, strategies, and resources to help someone overcome his or her addiction problem. Life skills are essential skills that a recovering addict takes with him as he re-enters his life.

Why Life Skills Training is Important

According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, 27 percent of the people who start taking drugs die within 20 years. Life skills are essential for maintaining sobriety as well as improving one’s quality of life. These skills include such things as:

  • Employment status
  • Ability to maintain strong friendships
  • Mental health status
  • Physical health status
  • Stable living environment
  • Practical coping tools
  • Improved decision-making skills

A study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that alcoholics who develop necessary life skills markedly enhance their quality of life. Life skills are essential steps on the road towards long-term sobriety.

Learning to Handle Basic Daily Responsibilities

Most addicts have lived their days in a fog, concerned only with being high, finding the next high, and obtaining the money to fund their habit. They lose touch with how to handle basic daily responsibilities and lose confidence in their ability to do so. For these reasons, life skills training is essential for lasting recovery.

Routines

Developing a healthy “routine” is the most essential life skill for a recovering addict. Treatment centers put recovering addicts in activities that help them adhere to a daily schedule during their treatment such as attending meetings, therapy, meals and leisure time. A typical schedule involves waking up at the same time every day and going to bed at a set bedtime. The course of the day is set according to a set schedule. Routines are important in helping a recovering addict to live a healthy, sober lifestyle. A healthy routine helps a recovering addict to stay grounded and resist the urge to go back to old ways.

Financial Stability

Learning to handle finances and money responsibly is a skill that many addicts have completely lost sight of. Financial stability means:

  • Learning how to live within your means
  • Taking care of obligations
  • Using money responsibly

Financial stability also requires the ability to remain gainfully employed. Learning how to become gainfully employed is an important life skill for a sober and healthy life. Learning how to find and keep a job is crucial to lasting sobriety. Learning to handle finances is a major part of Life Skills Training.

Nutrition and Hygiene

Many addicts let nutrition and hygiene go by the wayside. The first steps of a recovery program are light exercise combined with a healthy diet. Nutrition is an essential life skill for rebuilding bodies and minds damaged by years of addiction. Treatment centers have a dietician who teaches recovering addicts the difference between healthy and poor food choices. Important nutrition skills include:

  • To think about eating habits
  •  Shop for food and prepare it
  •  Good hygiene habits

Personal Responsibility for Living Space

The environment we live and spend time in plays a significant role in how we think and feel about ourselves. Critical cleanliness skills include:

  • Learning to clean rooms
  • Organize belongings
  • Take responsibility for your living space

Medication Management

Many addicts struggle with mental health disorders that require medication. Having mental health disorders also means that the individual is dealing with additional problems beyond substance abuse. A mental health problem has to be addressed along with the addiction problem. The two problems are often interrelated. Substance abuse is often a form of self-medicating. Learning how to manage medication safely and responsibly is essential for a healthy life style.

Social Skills

Many addicts are very self-centered and struggle with loneliness. Learning how to interact appropriately with others is an important skill. Successful recovery usually requires making a new circle of friends and avoiding hanging out with old friends that the addict used to drink or do drugs with. Some important social skills include:

  • Controlling emotions
  • Self-awareness and understanding
  • Learning to engage others in conversation
  • Excellent communication skills

A recovering addict must re-learn how to function in the world. An inpatient treatment program is best for this aspect of recovery because they provide a protected environment where the individual can focus entirely on learning these skills before attemtping to reclaim their place in society.

Rebuild Self-Esteem and Confidence

Can Rehab Help Rebuild Self-Esteem and Confidence?

When battling an addiction to alcohol, drugs or even gambling, it takes a toll on a person’s feeling of self-worth and confidence. The guilt they experience day to day becomes a vicious cycle of self-hatred and despair with many ups and downs in the middle. Feeling guilty and worthless over poor decisions that have been made, as well as returning to the addiction after abstaining compounds the problem. However, there is a way to rebuild self-esteem and confidence. Entering an addiction treatment program in a rehab facility will help rebuild self-esteem and confidence through therapy sessions and counseling.

People who suffer from low self-esteem continually try to find happiness, but due to the lack of self-worth, are unable to make choices that will put them going in the right direction to improve their life. In reality, the most disheartening aspect is that deep down, they do not feel that they are worth the effort. Especially for those who suffer from addiction, it is essential to cultivate self-esteem, so these individuals value themselves.

Rebuild Self-Esteem While Recovering from Addiction

So what is self-esteem? Self-esteem is defined as value or worth of oneself. From there, it is a “subjective value” that people then apply to themselves. People with high self-esteem value themselves. On the other hand, as stated previously, people with low self-esteem do not.

Benefits from rehab are numerous. After receiving treatment for addiction to alcohol or drugs, if these individuals do not realize they have self-worth and should value themselves, they are known as a “dry drunk,” meaning the same low opinion of themselves continues minus the drugs and alcohol, and they just are abstaining without improving the quality of life.

Helping others to regain their self-esteem and self-worth is an excellent way for people who are suffering themselves, as it gives them an opportunity to focus on another and see a transformation that they are a part of instead of only “wallowing.” Helping others will rebuild self-esteem from within and design a pathway to success.

How Rehab Helps Rebuild Self-Esteem

One positive aspect to rehab for low self-esteem is that over time, individuals begin to monitor their negative thoughts and then challenge them. For example, if they feel someone does not like them, instead of devaluing themselves, they can ask themselves why this could be the case, decide if this feeling is an assumption or are there valid reasons? This type of thinking makes all the difference when it comes to one’s self-esteem. It’s all about having a positive balance from within.

Another positive aspect of rehab is that these individuals are taught to self-love with different techniques. For example, the ancient practice of meditation is an excellent method to rebuild self-esteem. This method shows the act of cultivating feelings of love for other people. A person must first accept who they truly are and place the highest of value on themselves. Acceptance helps breed self-worth. Other techniques utilized include nutrition, exercise, music and art therapy, martial arts, yoga, massage therapy, and more. When the body is robust and healthy, the mind creates positive images and behaviors.

Rehab Can Have The Positive Effect You Need

Statistically speaking, the longer one abstains from the preferred “addiction,” the happier they are and remain. The feelings of overcoming negative thoughts and feeling self-love only positively fuels the fire. It not only increases ambition in the workplace but provides the blueprint for positive relations with family and partners.

Realizing that it is not the easiest of things to do, but also realizing that rehab can have a positive effect on the quality of life one is living makes a world of difference. When we love ourselves, we can see the truth and not taint our perception for the negative. Though there are times that everything is not perfect, being able to love oneself helps make the acceptance easier and does not allow it to bring you down to a low point.

Your Relapse Shouldn't Stand in the Way of Recovery

5 Reasons Your Relapse Shouldn’t Stand in the Way of Your Recovery

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To a drug addict, “relapse” is a four-letter word. It symbolizes failure and gives a user one more reason to stay actively addicted. But what is a relapse, and why do some users return to their drug of choice after being clean? As you learn more about relapse, discover five ways you can get over your relapse and maintain a clean lifestyle.

 

What is Relapse?

I’m sure you’ve heard this term before. It describes what happens when an addict who has been clean goes back to using their drug of choice. What you might not know, though, is that relapse isn’t a single event. It’s a process and occurs over time. Consider this scenario:

A looming work deadline elevates your stress. In the past, you would have used drugs to relax and to motivate you to work, but you quickly dismiss that thought now because you know it’s not healthy. The stress continues for a few days, and now you find yourself thinking even more about using. You even dream about drugs. By the time you spot an old friend at the grocery store, you’re receptive to their party invitation, and you know drugs are on the menu. At the party, you use. Your clean streak is over, and you’re officially in your relapse.

Though your relapse scenario might look different, do you see how a relapse occurs over time? Understanding that fact can help you recognize when you’re headed toward a relapse and find help before it happens.

Why Do People Relapse?

I wish I could tell you that no addict ever relapses and that once you get clean, you’ll never crave drugs again. Unfortunately, some addicts resist relapse, and some do not. The various reasons for relapse can include:

  • Quitting a treatment plan
  • Disconnecting from healthy friends and a recovery group
  • Seeing or smelling drugs
  • Hearing conversations about drugs
  • Drug-related dreams
  • Random thoughts about drugs
  • Seeing drug use on TV
  • Celebratory events
  • Feeling happy
  • Stress, anxiety, or other negative moods
  • Trying even a small amount of drugs
  • Thinking that being clean for a while equals immunity to relapse

How Can You Get Over Your Relapse?

If you give into one of the relapse causes, it is a big deal, but it’s not the end of the world. You’re not destined for a permanent active addiction. Stand up, dust off your britches, and jump back on the wagon. Also, remember five reasons why your relapse doesn’t spell the end of your recovery efforts.

  1. You’re not alone. As many as two-thirds of all addicts relapse once or chronically before they achieve the clean lifestyle they crave. You, too, might be part of that group, but a hiccup during recovery doesn’t have to end your journey.
  2. You’re learning and growing. In every relapse, find the silver lining. Maybe it identified your strongest triggers or showed you that you need better stress management. Use those lessons to move forward and make better choices.
  3. You’re not a loser. You made a mistake, but you can quickly return to your treatment plan and begin again. The decision to try again makes you a winner.
  4. You’re surrounded by people who love you. Make a point of spending more time with your family, friends, recovery group, and therapist, who care about your success and can help you succeed.
  5. You’re still alive. As long as you have breath in your body, you can choose to live a drug-free lifestyle.

While I don’t recommend relapse, I also don’t want you to think that you’re immune or required to relapse. Be aware of what it is, how it happens, and ways you can continue on your recovery journey despite a setback. With this knowledge, you’re empowered to stay clean, and that’s a great thing!

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What Everyone Should Know About The Secret to Rehabilitation

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Do you or a loved one have a drug problem? I know it’s hard to admit that fact and even harder to seek treatment. However, entering a drug rehab isn’t the end of the world. It’s the beginning of a clean life filled with opportunity, health, and well-being. Learn the secret to rehabilitation as you prepare to pursue treatment for you or a loved one.

First Secret to Rehabilitation: All Rehabs Aren’t Created Equal

How many rehabs pop up when you search for drug rehabilitation centers online? The choices overwhelm me, and you, too, might have trouble deciding which rehab’s right for you or your loved one. Simplify your decision when you realize that all rehabs aren’t created equal. Some specialize in drug addiction, focus on detox, or are affiliated with a specific religion. You need a rehab that’s right for you, so figure out what’s important, do your research, and then make a decision.

Rehabs Are Staffed by Professionals

Are you afraid rehab will be staffed with people who are simply warming seats and collecting paychecks? A quality drug rehabilitation facility only employs trained and professional staff members. In fact, my experience finds that most drug rehab professionals have one or more advanced degrees and tons of counseling experience. This is not their first rodeo, and you or your loved one are in good hands thanks to professional rehab staff members.

Rehabs Use Numerous Therapies

Do you picture rehab as one boring therapy session after the other? A quality rehab will feature individual therapy as you talk with a licensed and trained therapist, but you’ll also participate in other types of therapy. You could meet with a group to care for animals, sing, or go rock-climbing. Maybe you’ll go to the spa, beat on drums, or tell jokes. These and other therapeutic activities assist you in understanding the roots of your addiction, handling triggers without using drugs, and learning how to live without drugs. Trust me, you will receive holistic treatment as you get clean through various therapy methods at rehab.

Eagerness to Recover Isn’t Necessary

Have you ever watched intervention shows on TV? The addicts aren’t forced to go to rehab, but they need a push to get them in the door. Often, once they reach rehab, many addicts discover that they want to and can succeed. You or your loved one can achieve success, too, even if you’re hesitant at first about going to rehab. I encourage you to give it a try as you seek to kick your addiction.

Recovery Doesn’t End in Rehab

Are you hoping that rehab will cure your addiction forever and give you an instant and successful recovery? I’m sorry to tell you that it won’t. You’ll have to do some hard work to stay in recovery. In addition to following an ongoing treatment plan, you’ll have to commit to therapy, practice stress-management skills, and stay connected to a recovery group. Your hard work will pay off, though, as you make a decision every day to be drug-free.

Drug rehabilitation assists you or your loved one in getting help for an addiction. Are you ready to take the next step? Use these rehab secrets to jump-start your successful recovery and find healing today.

Celebrities who did rehab

8 Celebrities Who Did Rehab the Right Way

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Sure, we watch them on TV, listen to them on the radio, and obsess over their love interests. But celebrities are people just like you and me, and they sometimes struggle with drug addiction. These eight celebrities realized they had a problem and made rehab a priority. These celebrities who did rehab completed it the right way and have continued in recovery. I hope you learn from them and use their success as a springboard for seeking the help and recovery you need.

1. Robert Downey Jr.

Years of cocaine and heroin addiction, in addition to jail time, pushed our favorite “Iron Man” into rehab in the early 2000s. He’s been clean since 2003, thanks to 12-step programs, martial arts, and family support. Before your addiction lands you in jail or worse, get help and embrace the treatment tools that help you stay clean.

2. Alice Cooper

Heavy metal music legend and drug addict Alice Cooper checked into rehab in the late ’70s to early ’80s. Since 1983, he’s been successful at staying clean and sober, in part because he fills his time with golf, religion, and work ventures. Follow his advice and find your passions, fill your free time, and pursue interests that help you maintain your recovery.

3. Drew Barrymore

Most of us know that genetics can factor into addiction. Actress Drew Barrymore understands this fact firsthand. She comes from a long line of addicts. Her own addiction started with alcohol at age nine, marijuana at 10, and cocaine at 12. She entered rehab for the first time as a 13-year-old, but she didn’t fully commit to recovery until after her second stint in rehab at age 15. She’s been clean ever since, and Barrymore is living proof that you’re never too young to get the help you need.

4. Matthew Perry

We loved him in Friends, but star Matthew Perry had an alcohol and prescription painkiller addiction. He checked himself into rehab in 1991. Then, he went to rehab again in 2001 to prevent relapse. We can admire his tenacity to get and stay clean as he inspires others to address their problems and ask for help.

5. Zac Efron

He burst onto the celebrity scene in Disney’s High School Musical series, but we didn’t hear about his addictions until months after his early 2013 stint in rehab. Today, Zac Efron is clean and ready to make lifestyle changes that support his recovery, including moving to a private home with his brother.

6. Gerard Butler

A 2007 back injury led Scottish actor Gerard Butler to take prescription painkillers. His pill-popping intensified when he experienced further injuries on movie sets. While he never reached full-blown addiction, he did check himself into rehab for three weeks in February 2012 and dedicated himself to recovery. His rehab experience exposed a bunch of junk in his life, and he advocates that other addicts, including you, should make time to deal with themselves.

7. “The Situation”

If you’ve watched Jersey Shore, you know Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. You probably also know that he struggled with an addiction to painkillers. When he couldn’t get out of bed in 2012, he realized he had a problem. He checked himself into rehab, got clean, and uses counseling and medication to fight his addiction. You can also have victory over your addiction when you embrace a treatment plan that works for you.

8. Fergie

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie started using Ecstasy as a teen and eventually became hooked on crystal meth. She credits her recovery, which occurred when she was in her 30s, to God, therapy, and an understanding of why she used drugs in the first place. Whether you’ve been an addict for a short time or decades, you can get help and achieve recovery.

Let These Celebrities Who Did Rehab Right be an Inspiration to You

Like celebrities, you are not immune to addiction. You don’t have to live as an addict, though. Enter rehab and get help today. Let these celebrities who did rehab be an inspiration to you or your loved one.

Pet Rehabilitation

Dogs Helping in Recovery: Pet Rehabilitation for Patients

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Aidan entered drug rehab with a lot of skepticism. He knew he needed help, but he worried about handling detox, getting along with his therapist, and making new friends. But as soon as he checked in and met Rinaldo, Aidan felt better. Rinaldo’s not the intake counselor, therapist, or resident: He’s the rehab’s pet therapy dog. Whether you’re looking at drug rehab options for yourself or a loved one, wonder if your dog could help others, or simply love dogs, learn more about pet rehabilitation.

How Are Rehab Dogs Trained?

Ideally, therapy dog training begins at 16 weeks or four months of age. We all know puppies can be cute at that age, but they’re also ready to be separated from their litter and receptive to training. However, dogs of any age may qualify for therapy work. Likewise, any trainer can prepare pets to work in a rehab.

Additionally, an animal from any dog breed can be a therapy dog. That’s because all trained therapy dogs exhibit common characteristics. They are:

  • Leash, crate, and house-trained
  • Well-socialized around people and other dogs
  • Relaxed around noise, traffic, and medical equipment like crutches or wheelchairs
  • Obedient and compliant
  • Able to stay, sit, and heel on command
  • Mannerly and do not jump, bite, lick, growl, sniff, or bark inappropriately
  • Medically healthy
  • Used to being groomed, washed, and clipped

How Pet Rehabilitation Dogs are Evaluated

Once a potential therapy dog is trained, it’s ready to take the 10-step test and pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program. It ensures that the dog is gentle, mannerly, obedient, and socialized. This program also tests the dog’s ability to work well with a handler.

Next, therapy dogs are evaluated by a therapy dog association. This evaluation ensures that the pets have the temperament and training they need to serve successfully in a rehab setting.

How Are Rehab Dogs Placed?

Rehabs can buy a trained pet, train their own dog, or use a trained dog that lives in a private residence nearby. That means you could sell your trained and certified pet to a facility. Or, if you live near a rehab, your trained pet could go to work helping people recover.

What Are the Benefits of Pet Rehabilitation Dogs?

I appreciate the fact that any dog, including rescued adult dogs, can be used for therapy in drug rehabs. These animals deserve a chance to be valued and to share their unconditional love. The dogs aren’t the only ones who benefit from pet rehabilitation, though.

Studies show that pet therapy can reduce the blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels of a recovering addict who likes dogs. It can also lower anxiety, tension, and anger. Pet rehab can increase endorphins, empowerment, and compassion while improving social function, self-esteem, and patience. I’ve seen dozens of recovering addicts transition from selfish to selfless, detached to attached, and hostile to friendly just because they spent time talking to and playing with a therapy animal.

Whether you’re entering a drug rehab or looking for a way to make a difference, consider pet rehabilitation. A furry friend opens doors in a recovering addict’s life that people sometimes can’t. Tonight, give your dog an extra treat and be thankful for the pets who participate in furry rehabilitation and encourage addiction recovery.

Choosing the best rehab facility

12 Tips for Choosing the Best Rehab Facility for Your Loved One

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When you realize that your family member or friend needs a rehab facility, the options will be overwhelming. If you don’t believe me, do an online search for drug rehab centers. How will you go about choosing the best rehab facility to ensure that your loved one gets the help they need? Consider these 12 factors.

 

1. Where is the rehab located?

In addition to finding out if the rehab is located close to home or across the country, determine if it’s in the middle of nowhere or smack-dab in the center of a large city. You know your loved one best, and you know which location will help them thrive in recovery.

2. Is the facility licensed, certified, and accredited?

Ensure that your loved one receives the highest quality of care when you ask about the facility’s third-party evaluations. A rehab’s license, certification, and accreditation help you sort through all of the claims you read in brochures or online while going through the procedure of choosing the best rehab facility.

3. What types of therapies are offered?

A successful addiction treatment plan uses multiple therapies, including individual, group, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. It also addresses dual diagnoses. Consider selecting a rehab with alternative therapies, too. Adventure, pet, or drum therapy may be the ticket to engaging your loved one fully in the recovery process.

4. Is the treatment customized?

I have yet to meet two addicts with the same needs. Be sure when choosing the best rehab that it provides a customized treatment plan geared to the individual patient.

5. What are the rehab’s core principles?

Some rehabs incorporate a 12-step program, while others focus on one religion. Consider the type of program your loved one would most likely embrace.

6. What are the primary gender and average age of patients?

For success, you want your loved one to feel as comfortable as possible. So consider whether your friend or family member will be able to respond to treatment in a rehab that’s filled with the opposite gender or if your teen will feel comfortable in a center designed for older addicts.

7. Are the staff members licensed?

From the medical staff who oversee medical detox to the therapists who run group sessions, you want your loved one to be surrounded by trained professionals. They possess credentials that enable them to give your loved one high-quality care.

8. What is the rehab’s reputation?

A reputable rehab has been in business for longer than a few months and has a history of providing superior treatment. They should provide the names of alumni to whom you can talk and be open to answering all of your questions, even the ones about bad online reviews or their success rate.

9. How much will it cost?

I understand that financial costs can prohibit your loved one from taking the rehab plunge. Sort out the financial details first to eliminate that roadblock. Your loved one’s insurance, as well as financial aid, government grants, and private funds or donations can cover the cost.

10. Will I be able to contact my loved one?

In some rehabs, all outside contact is limited as the patients focus on their recovery. Others welcome phone calls, visits, and letters from family and friends. Knowing this detail in advance prepares your loved one for the experience.

11. Will I be involved in therapy?

Yes, I know you may not have an addiction, but you need to be part of your loved one’s treatment experience. Learn about addiction, understand how to support your loved one, and know how to create a healthy environment so that your loved one can successfully transition home after rehab.

12. Is aftercare offered?

I hate to bear bad news, but even the best rehab cannot completely cure your loved one. Addiction requires a lifelong commitment to the treatment plan. That’s why an aftercare program is necessary. It gives your loved one support after the initial rehab experience and helps them adjust to a drug-free lifestyle in the real world.

Choosing the best rehab for your addicted loved one is tough. You can use these 12 tips to make the selection process easier and help your loved one find the treatment they need.

20 Inspirational Quotes

20 Inspirational Quotes to Get Through Recovery

Let’s face reality: Recovery is hard. While you and I both know it’s worthwhile, moving from active addiction to successful recovery will take many tools, long days and nights, and much support. I recommend you surround yourself with inspirational quotes. Hang them on your bathroom mirror, tape them to your car’s dashboard, and place a few in your wallet. Whenever you need a pick-me-up, pull out these 20 quotes and remember that you can succeed as you recover from addiction.

When you’re stuck on the pain of your past:

“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” – Actress and recovering addict Drew Barrymore

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When you’re not sure which step to take next:

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” – President Abraham Lincoln

When you need a reminder that you hold the keys to your successful recovery:

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

When you relapse:

“No man or woman is uniformly successful… we must all expect a rather high percentage of failure in the things we attempt.” – Brown University President Barnaby Keeney

When you’re not sure you can change:

“What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life, not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.” – Author Lewis L. Dunnington

When you’re afraid:

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” – Actor Bill Cosby

When you think your thoughts aren’t important:

“Whether you think that you can or that you can’t, you are usually right.” – Industrialist Henry Ford

When you forget to implement a recovery tool or allow yourself to get stressed:

“The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.” – Bishop W.C. Magee

When you face an emotional, physical, or spiritual challenge:

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When you’re in a rut:

“Life is meant to be a celebration! It shouldn’t be necessary to set aside special times to remind us of this fact. Wise is the person who finds a reason to make every day a special one.” – Author Leo Buscaglia

When you feel defeated:

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day, begin the task anew.” – Saint Francis de Sales

When you want to stop trying so hard to stay clean:

“Nothing worthwhile ever happens quickly and easily. You achieve only as you are determined to achieve… and as you keep at it until you have achieved.” – Author Robert H. Lauer

When you feel weak:

“If you are aware of your weaknesses and are constantly learning, your potential is virtually limitless.” – Banker Jay Sidhu

When you’re looking for an easy way to successful recovery:

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

When the road is tough:

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Physicist Albert Einstein

When you face failure:

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

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When you need encouragement to keep moving forward:

“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.” – Businessman Edward B. Butler

When you’re ready to give up:

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome trying to succeed.” – Educator Booker T. Washington

When you’re not sure you can stay clean:

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.” – President Abraham Lincoln

When you feel discouraged:

“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” – Psychologist Emile Coue

I don’t know about you, but I always feel encouraged when I read these inspirationsl quotes. May they inspire you, too, to keep moving forward on your recovery journey. I know you can do it!

Why Some Addicts Refuse Treatment

Reasons Why Some Addicts Refuse Treatment

Overcoming an addiction of any kind is never simple, especially when faced with an addiction to alcohol, street drugs or even prescription medications. Understanding addiction is key to helping a friend or a loved one in your life to overcome an addiction they are faced with, whether they require inpatient or outpatient treatment to help them on their journey to sobriety. Understanding why some addicts refuse treatment and do not want the help they desperately need to live healthier and to survive potentially is a way to better empathize with anyone you know who may be faced with a similar struggle or situation.

Denial – The Main Reason Addicts Refuse Treatment

Many users who become severely addicted to using drugs and alcohol are often in denial about their usage or their addictions altogether. Denial can cause an individual to refuse to take the blame for their actions or even to blame others around them when acting irresponsible in any situation. Denial also creates an individual who has become addicted to using drugs and alcohol to refuse to seek help, including rehab programs or local drug rehabilitation meetings. Even when confronted by police, judges or other authority figures, individuals with severe addictions often ignore advice or pleas given to seek help.

Shame and Guilt

Individuals who are addicted to using drugs and alcohol are shrouded with guilt and shame in most situations. Shame and guilt stem from the loss of control in one’s life when struggling with the need to use drugs, alcohol or prescription pills regularly. Additionally, shame and guilt are common among addicts, as addictions are often caused by financial stress or other issues that are emotionally-related.

Admitting that addiction has overtaken one’s life is not always easy. Talking openly, honestly and without judgment is necessary when you want to effectively communicate with a friend or a loved one who has succumbed to an addiction of any kind. Having the ability to speak to an individual who is facing an addiction without harsh judgment is a way for you to unearth various emotional causes that may have led your loved one or friend to become addicted to using alcohol and drugs altogether, which can help when seeking out potential solutions and treatment options.

Severe Addiction

When an individual becomes severely addicted to using a drug or alcohol on a regular basis, it ‘s hard to get them to want to change because they just do not want to. Those who are severely addicted to using drugs and alcohol often refuse to get help because they enjoy using, or are too mentally addicted to having the ability to make informed and wise choices regarding their health or their current lifestyle.

Lack of Support

There are also many addicts who refuse to seek help from meetings, counselors or rehab facilities due to a lack of support from friends and family who are aware of their addiction. In many cases, when friends or family try to ignore the problem, they are enabling the addict to continue in denial and the addiction.

Fear of Withdrawals

Most users had experienced withdrawals when their drug of choice wasn’t available. They endure a range of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sweats, chills, muscle aches, cramping, hallucinations, insomnia, and many others. These symptoms are what make addicts refuse treatment because all they have to do is take another hit of their favorite substance, and the symptoms go away.

Unaware of Resources

Not knowing about available resources locally, online, or nationally can stop addicts from getting the help they need to get clean and to stop using and abusing alcohol and other substances altogether. Understanding how to find the right rehab centers and treatment facilities can help to aid in the process of finding a program or solution that is right for your friend or family member who is facing an addiction themselves.

Knowing why some addicts refuse treatment can give you more insight into the situation at hand. The more you understand about an addict’s method of thinking and perceiving the world and their addictions and habits, the easier it is to communicate with individuals who are in denial or ashamed of what their addiction has ultimately done to their own lives.

Relapse Prevention Plan

How to Make a Relapse Prevention Plan After Rehab

To address addiction altogether, it is imperative to look at the subject of relapse. Virtually any addict can tell you their relapse stories. Relapse doesn’t only mean the individual went through a formal recovery program and subsequently reverted to drug or alcohol abuse. They could have stopped using on their own, kept it up for a while, but faltered. This cycle can happen over and over again. Chances are, by the time they enter a rehab program or facility, they are all too familiar with relapse. It helps if you have a relapse prevention plan to help you remain sober after your treatment program.

The vast majority of addiction goes entirely untreated, while many people rotate through rehab over and over again. There is a primary mistake in that approach. As an example, if you do the Twelve Step program – or some version of it – five times, yet relapse five times, could it be that the Twelve Steps are not working for you? Could it be that a different system is necessary? That is the essential difference in the holistic approach.

Addiction is Unique for Each Person

Addiction is unique for each person, so each individual’s recovery program should contain steps that are unique to that person. A fundamental part of an adaptable recovery program includes putting together an effective relapse prevention plan. This program is assembled as the individual progresses through the steps of recovery. Before graduating, addiction specialists and the recovering addict have formulated and finalized a comprehensive post-graduation plan. Make no mistake – the recovered addict or alcoholic plays a vital role in assembling this relapse prevention plan. After all, it is his or her life we’re talking about. Here are some of the subjects to be covered and included in a comprehensive relapse prevention plan:

What Led to Substance Abuse?

The counselors and client will objectively discuss the circumstances that led to their substance abuse problem. It could have been an attempt to deal with problems at school or home, stress on the job, or an effort to numb physical pain. A person could have been an aspiring athlete, sustained sports injuries, and sought to deal with them or improve their performance through various types of drug use. These points must be gone over, and steps included, so these circumstances do not recur.

It is not that stress and difficulty – i.e., life itself – does not happen. It is how these difficulties are weathered and overcome that is different.

A Good Relapse Prevention Plan Must Include the Subject of Medical Drugs

Something to be particularly alert for in the relapse prevention plan is prescription drugs in general – either prescribed by a doctor or simply the presence of these drugs. There are about 4 billion prescriptions written in the US every year. There are pills in the medicine cabinet, at a friend’s house, at school, on the street, and being dispensed through “pill mills” (pharmacies or clinics that prescribe or dispense prescription narcotics for non-medical uses). A former addict in the hospital for an injury or illness can be prescribed an opioid painkiller and relapse just that easily. Any friend of a recovering addict should lock away their pills (as should be done anyway) as well as their booze.

Any use of prescription meds must be carefully monitored. Psychiatric drugs should be entirely avoided due to their adverse effects and addictive properties.

Negative Influences, Enablers, and Causes

A recovered addict should have a good handle on who and what has had a tendency to cause an impulse to use drugs. That word, impulse, is important – as any action typically starts with an impulse. Another relevant word is compulsion. Individual situations and even particular people can cause the impulse or compulsion to use drugs. Make sure the person in recovery has a provision for this when making the relapse prevention plan.

A recovered heroin user would certainly do well to avoid associating with their “friends” that are still using. While in rehab, they should deal with any issues regarding this group of people. For example, they may decide to tell them about their recovery and recommend they do the same. If any of them are anything remotely resembling a real friend (whether they are still using or not), they will respect this.

A recovered alcoholic should take inventory of social drinking situations and what they can and cannot deal with easily, and their friends and family should take heed.

Cravings and Tolerance

A former user may still experience cravings for drugs or alcohol. These can be physical or psychological. Even though they have quit using, their body or mind may seek – to one degree or another – the dopamine rush of drugs. The subject of cravings is an especially delicate point. Previously, often over the years, the drug user had built up a tolerance to specific substances but has since gotten clean.

Obviously, we do not want them relapsing at all, but the point must be made that it is dangerous and deadly for them to use – even once – anywhere near the same amount or potency of drugs they were accustomed to before. A person who relapses thinking they can tolerate the same chemical rush is making a potentially fatal mistake. Thinking this is the exact situation that accounts for a certain percentage of opiate overdose deaths.

Any recovered addict must understand the subjects of cravings and tolerance. Holistic rehab, from detox to aftercare, must help provide exact ways to manage or neutralize cravings.

Support Network

No one goes it alone in this world. You need friends, real ones, friends that will help you maintain sobriety. In holistic recovery, the former addict or alcoholic works with the staff to establish a stable support network. This post-graduation network consists of trusted and reliable family and friends, as well as members of the facility’s aftercare section. These are people the graduate can fall back on when needed – anytime, night or day, no matter what. The support network is a vital component in the aftercare strategy and the relapse prevention plan.

Relocation & Vocation

It may be necessary to help the individual relocate, particularly when their former environment or situation was conducive to substance abuse. A graduate of rehab very often has to find a job. Aftercare can provide letters of recommendation, help with resumes, and help the person decide on a career trajectory through apprenticeship programs, vocational training, etc.

Focus & Goals

It is common in holistic rehab for the patient/client to embrace particular disciplines in their quest for a more fulfilling way of life. They would use drugs as a “way out” – an escape from reality – only to find themselves very trapped indeed. They land in rehab, detoxify from drugs, deal with some of their most pressing issues – but then what? It is essential for the individual to reorient themselves within a framework of holistic and healthy interests. What they decide to do exactly is individually tailored.

Some examples are physical fitness, yoga, martial arts, music, the arts and humanities, new skills, a new career, a new family, spirituality, and faith – in short, a NEW START and a NEW LIFE. They should keep these pursuits at a tremendous roar in their post-graduation life. It is a key to their recovery and continued sobriety and success of their relapse prevention plan.

Communication

The graduate should stay in close contact with the aftercare department and his/her support network. Aftercare ensures this happens through regular follow-up calls. If the graduate runs into trouble, this contact should be stepped-up. Communication is the key. If the person drops out of communication, it is a signal to find out what is going on.

A person who has been through rehab should not feel fixated upon or distressed about the subject of relapse. If they doubt themselves, communication is always the answer. Communication is the universal key that unlocks the doors to steady recovery due to a good relapse prevention plan.

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