How difficult is Recovery from Addiction & Alcoholism
Recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism can be a long and difficult road for anyone suffering from addiction. The first step is probably the most important, realizing and admitting that one has a problem and need help. The second step would be the detoxification process and/or entering some sort of rehabilitation center.
There are several different options for treatment. However, detoxing from the actual drug is of extreme importance because it can be quite dangerous. For example, detoxing from Heroin is different the detoxing from alcohol but both can be deadly if not dealt with medical supervision. Although both can produce similar withdrawal symptoms, such as cravings, anxiety, mood disorders and restlessness, each individual is unique and depending on their stage of addiction, it is always important to consult a physician as medication may be needed.
Rehab for Heroin and Alcohol?
There are multiple rehabilitation centers across the country, most of which focus on the traditional 12-step program. Although 12-step meetings and the overall program itself has helped thousands and thousands of people it is not for everyone. If one does not believe in a “Higher Power” they may find the program difficult.
If you are specifically looking for a treatment center designed to help you in the New Jersey area we here at Bright Futures Treatment Center are here to help you or your loved one get the help they need. With personalized treatment options we are able to place the addict in the right program for them, rather it be a residential program or an outpatient program our main goal is to find the right help for each individual.
The Holistic 12 Step Approach to Recovery
There are several holistic non-traditional 12-step programs that are becoming more and more popular and offer an alternative method to recovery. These facilities incorporate meditation, yoga, individualized and customized treatments and other non-traditional therapies. There are also books that offer solutions to help one stay sober. Rational Recovery by Jack Trimpey offers a self-recovery program that teaches one how to control your addictive thoughts and behavior. Another popular alternative method is called Seven Weeks to Sobriety written by Joan Matthews Larson, Ph.D. This program teaches addicts how to heal themselves through nutrition amongst other things. Depending on where one resides the facilities will vary from state to state.
The success rate for addicts staying in recovery is low, but do not be discouraged. There are thousands of people who have maintained recovery through hard work and determination. People in recovery need to change their complete lifestyles. This can be hard especially if there are limited resources in your area. Here are a few tips to help stay in recovery.
The Early Stages of Recovery for Alcohol and Drug Addiction
In the early stages of recovery there are many changes a person will go through both emotionally and physically. The emotional part alone can be somewhat of a nightmare. Getting angry for no reason or being irrational are amongst a few of the feelings that will surface. Some people in recovery claim to be on a “pink cloud” meaning they are super happy for a while, but that feeling eventually disappears and the rest of their emotions surface. Physically they may feel better, after detoxing of course. They may have more energy to do daily tasks that they were once unable to do or did not care about doing.
There are effective things an addict can do to stay in recovery. Staying busy will help with recovery as well. Getting a job working long hours will help keep busy and finding new hobbies will also help. Exercise is a great way to help feel better and healthier. Taking vitamins and eating healthy is another way to feel better. Changing all of their habits is crucial as is removing themselves from their old friends. Many successful addicts in recovery say that quitting will make one feel much better and that it is completely worth it. There are thousands of addicts who have successfully quit and have improved their lives drastically.
Conquering Addiction to Heroin and Alcohol
Conquering a heroin or other drug addiction can be quite a difficult task but it is possible. Having the desire and the will to live drug free is a choice one must make on their own. For some this means losing everything they have before getting help and for others it can mean being forced into treatment, placed in jail or in some cases the person just decides to quit as they can see the negative effects the drug or alcohol use is doing to their lives.
Staying sober is not an easy task. It is probably one of the hardest things an addict will have to do. The cravings alone are horrific during the first months and can be on-going for long periods of time but with the right support system and mindset an addiction can be conquered for good. Since everyone is different there is no set of exact rules to follow in order to stay sober. For example, one person may choose to attend AA or NA meetings on a daily or weekly basis and this might work for them, while another individual may try another program that works equally well for them.
Some people prefer to count the number of days they have sober while others frown upon this idea as they see it as a lifestyle change and not a challenge. If someone commits to staying sober it is imperative that they find what works best for them. Committing to a healthy lifestyle is difficult for most people, addict or non-addict but if one is willing to do the hard work it is definitely worth the rate.