Substance abuse is the misuse of alcohol, drugs and the improper use of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Substance abuse can damage your health and well-being at any age.
Do not wait to hit bottom in reaching out for help. For many hitting bottom is too late.
Properly done; the process of recovery is highly personal and is characterized by continual growth and improvement in their health and wellness that may involve setbacks. Because setbacks are a natural part of life, trying again becomes a key component to recovery.
The recovery process develops over time and gives an individual the abilities to not only cope with life’s challenges but also to be better prepared for the next stressful situation. Optimism and hope are essential to succeeding in the process of recovery. Just as with other diseases recovery time can vary from a few months to years.
Individualized planning: Find treatment and recovery services for substance abuse. Find a doctor that has experience in addiction treatment and therapy. Just as with any other disease the medical personnel and facilities should be able to present a plan to return an substance abuser to substance-free living and general society.
For help visit the Addiction Resource Center or Call 24 hours a day 1-833-301-HELP (4357)
Medical detox: Do not try to go cold-turkey without medical care, these withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, dangerous and even life-threatening. Find a medical detox facility that is staffed with doctors and nurses trained in helping patients cope with the withdrawal symptoms.
Mental health services: Mental health is as important as physical health. It includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental illnesses are serious disorders that can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. There are many factors in these disorders, such as genes, family history, and life experiences. These government services can help you find someone to talk to, treatment options, and information on a wide range of mental health issues
Medical services: Medical services should always be involved in the recovery process. From the beginning such as De-tox to Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT).
Medication-Assisted Treatment: Effective Medications include buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®), methadone, and extended release (injectable 4 week) naltrexone (Vivitrol®), are effective for the treatment of opioid use disorders. Each one has its own use and the addiction specialist should consider each one for an individual
Twelve Step Facilitation: Twelve-step therapy is designed to increase the likelihood of an addict becoming actively involved in 12-step self-help groups, promoting abstinence.
There are three key ideas: (1) Acceptance, which includes the realization that drug addiction is a chronic, disease over which one has no control, and that abstinence is the only alternative; (2) Surrender, which involves giving yourself over to a higher power, accepting the fellowship and support structure of other recovering addicted individuals, and following the recovery activities laid out by the 12-step program; and (3) Active involvement in 12-step meetings and related activities. Here are some of the peer support organizations that are available: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Spiritual care: Spirituality is important in addiction recovery because addiction takes away our ability to be spiritual. It disconnects us from our spirituality and from powers, people and things outside ourselves. To fully recover from our addiction, we must reconnect to our spirituality, our search for purpose in our life and connections beyond ourselves.
Wellness and fitness: Activities and hobbies that are healthy and can be great distracters and preventers from relapse. These activities can keep a recovering addict distracted, and prevent boredom, which is among the most common conditions leading to relapse.
Nutritional counseling: Healthy eating habits are important for everyone, but especially so for those who are recovering from an addiction. Many people who suffer from addictions and other mental health disorders have poor nutritional habits;
Family services: Above all, family members play an invaluable role in helping their loved one keep hope alive. Family members can offer support by firmly believing in their loved one's capability to get better and create the future life he or she wants. Such hope can be powerful medicine. It can fuel the person's efforts and determination to take control of life and enjoy its rewards. But spouses and family members may labor under the heavy burdens of worry, hurt, and hopelessness caused by the addictions of their loved ones. Family members or loved ones may need to reach out for counselling themselves.
Educational workshops: Anyone dealing with addiction can never have enough education. An example would be knowing about Post-Acute Withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
Post-Acute Withdrawal occurs because your brain chemistry is gradually returning to normal.
As your brain improves the levels of your brain chemicals fluctuate as they approach the new equilibrium causing post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Post-acute withdrawal feels like a rollercoaster of symptoms. You will wake up one day feeling irritable and have low energy. Later as you recover further they will disappear for a few weeks or months only to return.
As you continue to recover the good stretches will get longer and longer If you hang on for just a few days, it will lift just as quickly as it came.
Group and Peer-to-Peer services: Break the cycle of guilt and shame. Addiction is not a moral failure. Support groups and individuals supportive of recovery are vital when times get hard. Everyone needs someone with whom they feel they can relate, and for addicts, there is tremendous relief in a support group or person who can be a constant representation of the fact that they are not alone.
Post-rehab planning: "Who we spend our time with, where we go, and the things we surround ourselves with all impact who we are and the decisions that we make. Many times, people in early recovery must give up everything they've known… because those people, places, and things put them at risk for relapse or continued use. Relapse can be common among people treated for addiction. These high rates of relapse highlight the need for finding new ways to approach addiction treatment. This is where peer-run, recovery-oriented housing can fill a that gap with a safe place, compassionate people, and a life full of purpose and fun that doesn't involve alcohol or drugs."
These homes offer safe, alcohol, drug-free environments with clearly defined rules that afford people in recovery “with the opportunity to continually surround themselves with other people who are pursuing the same goal of recovery and wellness.
Recovery housing takes the form of furnished, fully equipped living accommodations. These apartments provide a safe and stable space where people in recovery can transition from rehab to independent daily life.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that recovering people should spend 90 days in a sober living facility or other form of transitional housing. Your length of stay will depend on your individual circumstances and needs.
Recovery housing is one of the greatest needs for our country to help people recover from addiction. There is a shortage of good recovery housing.
Remember there all types of recovery housing. Some are very comfortable and have a home like atmosphere. Others are poorly run and can be detrimental to a recovering addict.
Once again for help visit the Addiction Resource Center or Call 24 hours a day 1-833-301-HELP (4357)