Statistics show that about 20 million people are presently recovering from drug and alcohol addictions in the United States.
They face many challenges and problems and any of these can cause them to have a relapse. Many of these people will in fact relapse. Addiction gains significant proportions when the estimated 22 million people were already receiving treatment for addiction are also added to the numbers provided above. What can we do? Establishing a support system that is strong and reliable is important according to many professionals.
Many people have the belief that recovery from addiction is just a matter of abstinence.
Ensuring the addict stops drinking, using, or engaging in addictive behavior, so detoxing them, and they'll be in recovery.
If things were really as simple as believed we would not have the problems that we are encountering today.
The field of research into recovery is only now starting to grow. Recovery is complex and has many faces and paths that lead to it according to many experts in the field of addiction treatment. A single solution is unsuitable for everyone.
The most common ways to recover are the 12-step groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous or Gamblers Anonymous, although they are not the only ways. Some people are in two programs at once for their addiction, one for recovery and another for maintenance. These people could be sober and have good personal health but could have been advised to continue with the maintenance program using medications like methadone and buprenorphine. In the past, it was thought that recovery wasn't complete if a person was still in a maintenance program but nowadays it is recognised.
Abstaining, improving one's health and wellbeing as well their quality of life are all seen to be part of the wider transitional process that is referred to as recovery. It is extensively being described as long-term and wellness-centered. The process involves changing and rediscovering one's self through growth. As such, recovery is translating from acute-care, crisis-oriented, professionally directed approach with its significance on segregated treatment episodes, to more of a recovery administration approach that offers long-term supports and recognizes the many pathways to health and wellness.
It's absolutely unrealistic and shortsighted to simply detoxify an individual and expect him or her to go on to live a life of continued sobriety.
There are many problems that could have led to the substance abuse, and clearing the toxic substances through detox does not address these.
This is why the most effective treatment methods have been seen to be those that focus on treating all aspects of the addiction i.e. the whole-person approach.
Researchers have come to the conclusion that there are many different ways of getting to recovery.
For some, it's as simple as the statement "I've got my life back." Every individual within the recovery has his or her personal interpretation of what recovery means. To a lot of people in recovery, receiving a second chance and a chance to start a new life, the feeling of being born again is crucial and it is in many cases quoted to be exactly that. Others talk about self-improvement, living life without drugs, giving your life meaning, fulfilling your goals, having positive thoughts, improved living standards or finances, enhanced mental and physical health, better family relations, and having a support network and friends.
A systematic attitude is needed and the most recent model of recovery care incorporates that.
Coordinated support methods are required using a chronic care prototype of prolonged recovery directing. This model highlights post-treatment administering and support, peer-based recovery, long-term recovery -oriented (and stage appropriate) recovery education, linkage to communities of recovery, and re-invention when necessary. Peer networks, constant support, and additional services as a piece of the complete addiction treatment scheme is what this emerging model entails. The ROSCs (Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care) are made in such a way as to help those who are going through addiction recovery to recover, not just over a short period of time, but over their lifespan. Free and independent choices are offered at the ROSCs across an array of treatment and recovery support options. The services packages are flexible and unbundled, and will evolve over a period of time to be comfortable for the ongoing and changing needs to the individual within the recovery.
ROSCs will provide the individual within the recovery with access to a comprehensive range of services that have been coordinated to provide support throughout the journey of the individual to achieve sustained recovery. ROSCs main aim is to help the individual abstain, improve in health, wellbeing and quality of life and this is why they include both informal and formal community-centred systems of support such as families and the strength of the individual.
Individuals should have access to creative structures, which can be utilised when stresses arise and may lead them to relapse. This entails creating a peer group of sober friends, contacting friends that can provide encouragement and support, and, if possible, living in the right accommodations.
In simple terms people in recovery need to develop fresh connections. Those in recovery need to build friendships with sober friends who are able to help them reduce or avoid the temptations of relapsing and reverting to old habits. In many cases, they need to change the surroundings and place where they live, or they have lived with other people that are still living lives of addicts. They need to pay attention to their spiritual progress, possibly through meditation or introspection or prayer.
Chronic addictions such as those of people who have been drinking for two or even three decades cannot be treated with a 28-day to month-long program with the hope that they will remain sober after that. They will need a transitional phase along with a place where they can receive continued support, counselling, education and any other services, which can help them to reach a stage from where they can regain entry within the society and have a positive chance at recovery. Such a transition usually takes place in a sober-living home or a halfway house.
Skills such as filling of job applications, putting together a resume and how to act in a job interview will need to be taught at this stage. The halfway house or sober living home will help in promoting long-term stabilisation.
Every addict who is recovering has individual requirements. While they continue on their journey through recovery, the recovering addicts will all need a good support structure. Reconnecting with their friends and families, getting a job or finding a place to live may all be necessary.
Peer pressure is a matter that addicts are familiar with. Peer pressure may have been a factor in their addiction when they were using. The benefit of peer pressure in recovery is also apparent to the recovery experts. Positive peer pressure is the basis of 12-step programs that help people achieve prolonged recovery.
Behavioral therapy, individual and/ or group counselling is necessary for a recovering individual. These factors are always present in many treatment programs that are largely successful.
For many, but not all, people, medication is a crucial and important part of their recovery. It is important for anyone in recovery to take the medication as prescribed by the doctor for issues such as reducing cravings or eliminating them altogether, alleviating or helping with anxiety and depression among others. It is also important to understand that some of the medication may not kick in immediately and may take some time to work such as antidepressants and medication prescribed for anxiety, so keep taking the medication as prescribed in order for them to work as designed so that you can see an improvement in your symptoms with time.
Become a member and attend 12-step programs like Alcoholic Anonymous. For those who may be wary, these groups are not politically, denominationally or even sect affiliated. Some of these groups have the men and women in different groups. During your rehab, but also after it, joining these groups has displayed many benefits. That means that even if you have completed your treatment you shouldn't give up attending 12-step group meetings. On the contrary, your sustained recovery could depend on your ability to benefit from the support of others who have an understanding of your situation.
Having a condensed version of what to do have proved to be helpful for sometimes to help prevent relapse.
It doesn't have to be such a big deal if you slip. Don't be hard on yourself or see yourself as lacking the necessary willpower. Such things can happen. How do you proceed from there? You get yourself back on the journey to recovery. Go back into an encouraging environment where you will be able to continue your recovery and have bigger chances of avoiding full-blown relapse.
Talking with others is also vitally important those who have also gone through a relapse and come back from it. They know you're going through and can offer support, encouragement, recommendations and a non-judgemental ear - something you're exactly need during this painful time. To make it harder for you to relapse again, they can also give you coping tools/methods that they and others successfully used. Most important of all, they will help you to come to terms with the fact that relapse is not unusual and that not only can it be prevented, but that one can actually develop the ability to prevent it happening in the future.