Early recovery is known to lead to relapse; in fact, relapse has been widely studied in the field of addiction recovery, and daily temptations of peer pressure, family influence, cultural norms and even advertising can impact a recovering addict’s stress and relapse...
Addiction recovery is an incredible, life-changing journey, but it is also difficult. The physical effects of addiction often wane with time, but the emotional, mental and relational healing that you must undergo can challenge your commitment to sobriety. You could easily become bogged...
Routine is an important aspect of early recovery that can be crucial to getting through the initial stages of a new life without drugs. Some aspects of routine can be beneficial well past the initial stages of recovery but the early stages of recovery are best done with a strict routine....
Aftercare refers to any form of continued interventions that follow initial treatment. When it comes to addiction treatment, aftercare is generally the treatment and support that is sought after going to rehab or detoxing. The major and obvious cause for aftercare is that it strengthens a...
Addiction recovery involves more than a few weeks in rehab: to improve the chances of a lasting recovery, users must learn a series of skills to encourage healing and self-control. One of these skills is interpersonal communication. Interpersonal Communication and Addiction Communication...
Although addiction is still unfortunately stigmatized in some communities, perceptions are evolving and knowledge about the benefits of treatment is increasing. As of last year drug treatment admissions had increased 18% (Addiction Today, “Aftercare: A Fundamental Tenet in Attaining...
Many people have the following misconceptions about addiction recovery: Just make up your mind to quit It’s all in your head Addiction is a weakness Substance abuse is a choice I beat the disease, so I can handle one drink I don’t have a problem Rehab is scary The psychological...
An addict might be aware of his patterns of use, such as using at a certain time, yet may not be sure why. Treatment can help an addict become self-aware and understand the reasons behind his behavior. For those already self-aware, treatment can help expose the core of their addiction and...
Staying motivated during addiction recovery can be a struggle. Life breaks in after rehab ends, and the stressors of everyday living can derail even the most successful rehab journey. However, having an arsenal of coping strategies and getting involved in a support group can motivate...
Having a realistic and well-formed definition of success is critical when it comes to the process of addiction recovery. Many people jump into treatment without understanding any of the following: How long will treatment take? When will the cravings stop? How soon can I go back to by...
Anyone who has attempted an addiction recovery can attest to the fact that it is not a simple process. Because addiction is considered to be a mental illness, many people assume that addiction recovery only treats mental health. However, this is far from the truth. To achieve a holistic...
When people talk about addiction, they often focus on the period of time where someone abused drugs, and then spent time in rehab. Very rarely do people focus on life after rehab, even though treatment professionals and recovering users view it as being the most challenging (yet...