Tag Archives: Motivation for Addiction Recovery

SMART Recovery-Informed Addiction Interventions
If it were easy for someone addicted to drugs or alcohol to get treatment on their own and become sober, there would be no need for interventions. However, because of the powerful nature of addiction, people become wrapped up like the prey of a spider, tightly bound in layers of silk and paralyzed to escape. Like prey waiting for death, a person who has the compulsion to continually use or abuse alcohol and drugs risks the destruction of their life…if they don’t get help. Oftentimes, a person needs someone to come along and break those binding webs through an intervention. “The family system ...

How Rehab Can Help You Let Go of a Party Lifestyle and Negative Behaviors
Why People Turn to Drugs and Alcohol As a teen or young adult, a person’s reasons for drinking and using drugs are different from those of an older person. When someone is young, they are often fun-seeking and bent on fitting in with the crowd. Relaxing, getting high or buzzed, alleviating depressed feelings or staying up at night are the most common reasons young people use drugs and alcohol. For some, the drug abuse and alcohol consumption becomes more frequent. People also use drugs and alcohol to cope with the challenges in life. Although events and circumstances certainly affect our lives, we are ...

Expert Corner: How to Find the Motivation for Detox and Rehab
I’m tired of how my life is going. I hate myself half the time, but I don’t think I can do rehab. Every time I’ve had to go without heroin for any length of time, it has been awful. I mean seriously awful. Like I didn’t know that kind of pain and stress existed. If I do rehab, I’m going to have to detox. And that scares the hell out of me. But I also know how weak I am. And the thought of relapsing and then having to go through detox more than once would be a complete nightmare. ...

Life After Addiction: What Living Sober Would Look Like
If you were to give up your addiction and start over with a new life, what would it look like? Are you afraid it would look too much like your old life? Maybe that’s why you’re still struggling with addiction. There are two things that keep people trapped in addiction: physical dependence and psychological dependence. Physical dependence is when your body is dependent on the substance to keep functioning and avoid withdrawal symptoms. Psychological dependence is when you’re afraid to quit drinking/using because as much as it’s hurting your life, the idea of being sober is even worse. That’s hard for people who have ...