Within the United States approximately 20 million people are presently in recovery for addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Any of the many different problems they have to deal with on a daily basis can make them experience a relapse. A lot of them, regrettably, will. 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 then can we do? Creating and maintaining a strong support system is vital according to recovery professionals.
Thinking that all it takes to recover is to abstain is a mistake that many people make.
Ensuring the addict stops drinking, using, or engaging in addictive behavior, so detoxing them, and they'll be in recovery.
The problems we have today are a testament that it is not that simple.
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. There is not one solution that is effective for all.
There are many ways to achieve recovery even if the ones that most people are familiar with are 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Many recovering addicts are also in maintenance programs as well as recovery. They may be on a maintenance program such as buprenorphine or methadone albeit being sober and in good health. Earlier, it was believed that an individual could not be on a maintenance program and considered to be in recovery, so this is a recent recognition.
The process through which an individual achieves abstinence, proper personal health, overall wellness and a good quality of life requires change and is referred to as recovery. The changes are increasingly being defined as long-term and wellness centred. It includes a continuous process of evolution, redefining yourself, self-discovery and self-change. Therefore, recovery is a shift to a long-term support system that recognizes the fact that there are different ways that one can achieve overall wellness and health from the previous professionally-maintained, minimal are approach that was primarily crisis management hinged on isolated treatment of episodes.
It is both unrealistic and narrow-minded to expect a person to simply go on living a life of sustained sobriety after just detoxifying him or her.
A lot of issues that have caused a person to turn to substance abuse in the beginning will still be present even after her or his body is cleansed of the toxic substances.
The most effective approach for recovery has thus been widely established as the holistic person approach to healing.
Studying paths to recovery, researchers have discovered that multiple paths exist.
For many people, it is as simple as making the statement "I have got my life back." Everyone in recovery has their own explanation of what recovery means. A sense of being born again, getting another chance and an opportunity to begin new lives is important for many individuals within the recovery and is spoken about as this. Numerous people refer to being drug-free, having direction, self-improvement, achieving goals, a better attitude, improved finances/living conditions, improved physical/mental health, improved family lives and having the friends and the support needed.
The emerging model of recovery care understands that a system approach is needed.
When using a chronic care pattern in order to maintain and manage continued recovery, regular and continued support services cannot be ignored. Recovery oriented education, peer-based recovery coaching, support and monitoring after treatment and re-intervening if needed are some of the things that are emphasized in this new model. Support after treatment, peer networks and additional services are some of the things being included in this new model for treating addiction. 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. ROSCs can provide free of cost and independent choices 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 provide the individual who is going through recovery with a number of options which are then properly coordinated in order to provide the continued support needed by the individual in their unique path to 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.
Relapse tends to arise due to certain stresses which means that the person in recovery needs to be able to make use of certain systems when these stresses come about. These include developing a circle of non-drinking, non-using friends, having friends to call that can offer support and encouragement, and possibly having the right kinds of places to live.
The emphasis is on connecting with new people when recovering. They need to develop new friendships with people who are clean and sober if they intend to stay away from the temptation of falling back into their previous habits. They often also need to move or change their habitat in order to get away from the familiar places that they associate with using the addictive substances. They need to commit to meditation, introspection or prayer as a means of realising their spiritual development.
It is hard for some chronic, hard-core addicts, who have been drinking for 20 to 30 years, to go through a 28 - 30-day program and come out with any likelihood of remaining clean and sober. They are in need of a transitional phase, a place where they have continued support, education, counseling and other services to help them get to a point where they can join back the society and have a hopeful chance at recovery. A halfway house or sober-living might be a good transitional move for people like this.
Most of these people need to find out how to present their resumes and CVs, how to present oneself at a job interview and even how to fill and follow up on job applications. The halfway house or sober living home will help in promoting long-term stabilisation.
Every addict who is recovering has individual requirements. A strong support system is what they all need in order to build upon their assets in recovery. They may also need to get back some lost relationships with friends and family in addition to finding jobs or even a new place to call home.
Addicts are familiar with peer pressure. For most recovering addicts, peer pressure plays a role during their period of using. Experts in recovery now admit to the important part that peer pressure plays in recovery as well. In order to maintain continued recovery, peer pressure is necessary and this is incorporated in different things such as the 12-step groups.
Behavioural therapies and counselling should be part of any addict's treatment process. These are considered censorious elements of an effective recovery program.
Medications also play a vital role in the treatment of many individuals. 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. You need to continue to take them so you can give them some time to start displaying benefits in your symptoms since these medications might need some time to take effect (anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants).
Become a member and attend 12-step programs like Alcoholic Anonymous. These 12-step groups are not affiliated with any sect, denomination, politics, religion, Institute or organisation. Some of these groups have the men and women in different groups. It has been proven effective to participate within these groups during and following the treatment. So, just going through the treatment doesn't mean that you quit going to 12-step support groups. Your long-term sobriety might actually depend on whether you are able to feed on the support of your peers since they know what you are going through.
There are a few things that you can do that may be able to keep you from relapsing.
It's not a complete disaster for you to slip. You must not consider it as a failure, lack of willpower or courage. It happens. What then should you opt to do? You should return to the path to recovery. Go back to the environment from where you draw support and strength of withstanding temptations to relapse and renewed motivation to stay on course.
Talk to others who've had the same experience before so they can show you how they handled it. They know what you are going through and can help you, as they know what you need during this trying time including support, encouragement and recommendations instead of a judgmental response. They can offer you coping mechanism that they used and many others before them, so relapse never happens to you again. Most of all, you'll be able to recognize that relapse is not unusual, it is preventable, and you can develop your ability to prevent it in the future with the help of these tips.