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Reconnecting: 4 Ways to Balance Your Old Life and New Found Sobriety with Aftercare

Reconnecting: 4 Ways to Balance Your Old Life and New Found Sobriety with Aftercare
Completing an outpatient alcohol treatment program is merely the first step in overcoming addiction and forging a new life. As addiction aftercare programs often stress, successful completion of a formal treatment program is not a guarantee of ongoing addiction recovery. The person completing treatment must be willing to engage in aftercare drug treatment as well as find new ways to balance his or her old lifestyle with the new one obtained through treatment. Having an Addictive Personality Can Make Ongoing Recovery Challenging People prone to addiction often have an underlying tendency to seek excitement by drinking or using drugs. It can also ...
Rehab for Parents: How to Get Your Life Back Without Leaving Them Alone

Rehab for Parents: How to Get Your Life Back Without Leaving Them Alone
There are few things as heartbreaking to parents than realizing that their beloved son or daughter is addicted to drugs or alcohol and needs to get into inpatient or outpatient treatment. It does not matter if the addicted child is a young adult who has just left home or a middle-aged adult who has been on his or her own for many years. The sadness, frustration, anger, feelings of helplessness, and many other strong emotions are the same. Parents of adult children instinctively wonder what they can do and how far they should go to get their adult child into ...
Common Defense Mechanisms of Addicts

Common Defense Mechanisms of Addicts
We use defensive mechanisms in our day to day life in order to cope with trauma and uncomfortable feelings, however, they are a substance abuser’s arsenal to avoid the reality of their addiction and its consequences. Some of the more common mechanisms are denial, blaming, regression, and projection. We all use defense mechanisms in our everyday lives. Most are used short-term to distance ourselves from uncomfortable or unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They help us keep sane and stay functional in the face of the trauma and stress that we experience. We develop them as a natural part of growing up. ...
Starting the Journey: Understanding the Stages of Alcohol Recovery

Starting the Journey: Understanding the Stages of Alcohol Recovery
The road to recovery is a long one, but modern alcohol treatment centers have come a long way. The gradual establishment of new routines, new normalcy and the pursuit of happiness can take time—but understanding the road’s path makes all the difference. The specifics of an individual’s addiction, certainly, require insight. For most people, the path to recovery follows a trajectory which stems from a “rock bottom” point. While waiting for such an ultimate low isn’t necessarily a good idea, it remains a common foundation upon which many struggling people rise from. Again: Everyone is different. By being honest with yourself, however, ...
Don't Try This at Home: 4 Arguments to Use an Intervention Specialist

Don’t Try This at Home: 4 Arguments to Use an Intervention Specialist
Families overcome challenges all the time, together. They support each other through hard financial times, deaths, divorces, illnesses and many other difficult circumstances. And, some are able to organize and execute a successful alcohol intervention that leads to treatment, recovery and long-term sobriety. However, there are some drug interventions that require professional help in order to give the substance abuser a better chance at overcoming the barriers to sobriety. Choosing to navigate the journey without someone experienced with designing and implementing a drug intervention may create more physical and emotional harm – for the substance abuser and family members – that not intervening at ...
Holistic Recovery Is Growing in Popularity; What Does It Really Mean?

Holistic Recovery Is Growing in Popularity; What Does It Really Mean?
What Is Holistic Recovery? Holistic therapy is an integral part of holistic recovery. It involves recovery methods that help bring the mind, body, and spirit into alignment. Holistic therapy is widely used at non 12 step or holistic treatment centers to help others overcome substance abuse in a more complete fashion than traditional programs. Finding the right holistic treatment center can be difficult, depending on the level of treatment required. Holistic therapy is recommended for individuals who want an overall healing experience, rather than simply be treated with medications. A holistic treatment center that addresses alcohol and substance abuse treatment can make the difference in ...