Across the USA there are around 20 million people in recovery from alcohol and drug addictions at the moment.
They face many challenges and problems and any of these can cause them to have a relapse. The unfortunate part is that numerous people will. To come to a realization of the magnitude of the problem, another 22 million require treatment for addiction on top of the people relapsing. How to deal with the issue? Recovery experts say that it is crucial to build and maintain a solid support system.
Thinking that all it takes to recover is to abstain is a mistake that many people make.
If you get the addict to abstain or stay away from whatever substance they are addicted to, whether alcohol or particular behavior - detox process and voila, they are in recovery.
If things were really as simple as believed we would not have the problems that we are encountering today.
The field of recovery examination is only starting to get bigger and that is a fact. 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.
While 12-step groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous or Gamblers Anonymous, for instance, are the most common, there are also other ways to recover. Many recovering addicts are also in maintenance programs as well as recovery. Such people may be living happy healthy lives and at the same time attending maintenance programs that utilise buprenorphine or methadone. This is a recent development since it was though that one could not be said to be in recovery if they were in a maintenance program.
An individual can achieve abstinence by going through the recovery process of change as well as have better health, wellness and quality of life. The emphasis of recovery nowadays is on staying clean and healthy in the long-term. The process involves changing and rediscovering one's self through growth. As such, recovery is translating from acute-care, crisis-oriented, professionally directed approach with its significance on segregated treatment episodes, to more of a recovery administration approach that offers long-term supports and recognizes the many pathways to health and wellness.
An individual who is detoxed will not find it helpful to lead a life of continued abstinence and expecting the same from him or her will be both unrealistic and shortsighted.
There are many problems that could have led to the substance abuse, and clearing the toxic substances through detox does not address these.
This is why the most effective treatment methods have been seen to be those that focus on treating all aspects of the addiction i.e. the whole-person approach.
Researchers have discovered many pathways while they were analyzing roads to recovery.
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. Other commonly cited views include finally being free from drugs, having a better attitude, improved financial well being, better physical and psychological health, better relations with friends and family, being able to attain one's goals and finally having a direction.
As far as care of people in recovery is concerned, a systemic approach is needed.
Coordinated support services are important using a chronic care model of sustained recovery management. This model highlights post-treatment administering and support, peer-based recovery, long-term recovery -oriented (and stage appropriate) recovery education, linkage to communities of recovery, and re-invention when necessary. Peer networks, constant support, and additional services as a piece of the complete addiction treatment scheme is what this emerging model entails. The aim of these Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care or ROSCs is the recovery from addiction and treatment of disorders in the long-term. ROSCs can provide free of cost and independent choices across an array of treatment, and recovery support options. Services are made available in different packages that provide room for adjustment over the course of time in order to suit the changing and evolving needs of the individual who is undergoing recovery.
A comprehensive array of services is provided to the individuals in recovery at ROSCs which are coordinated to provide support throughout the individual's unique journey to sustained recovery. ROSCs incorporate formal and informal public-based supports that are person-oriented and crafted on the adaptability and power of people, families, and society to achieve sobriety, health, wellbeing and high standard of life.
Access to creative structures is necessary for individuals that they can use when stresses arise that may result in a relapse. Having a group of friends who don't drink, living in a place that's conducive to recovery and having people that you can call for support are some of these systems.
In other words, new connections need to be developed by those in recovery. To decrease the risk of going back to addiction, they must find new buddies that are not using drugs or drinking alcohol. A change in environment is also important especially if you still live in the area where there are other people that use or where you're close to people with whom you used to use. They need to pay attention to their spiritual progress, possibly through meditation or introspection or prayer.
Chronic addictions such as those of people who have been drinking for two or even three decades cannot be treated with a 28-day to month-long program with the hope that they will remain sober after that. Before such people can rejoin society and hopefully stay sober for the rest of their lives, they'll need to first go through a transitional time during which they can be counselled, educated and supported amongst other services. For some of these people the solution would be to live in a halfway house or in a sober-living facility.
Things like how to fill out a job application, how to present yourself during a job interview, how to do a resume need to understood by many individuals. The sober-living home or halfway house helps develop long-term stabilization.
The needs of recovering addicts are not all the same. A solid support system is necessary for all the people while they build upon their strengths in recovery. They may need to find a job, a new place to live or to get back their relationships with family and friends.
Many addicts understand well how peer pressure works. Peer pressure might have been a big factor in their substance abuse when they were addicted. The benefit of peer pressure in recovery is also apparent to the recovery experts. 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. An effective recovery program definitely has these aspects as they are critical to the process.
Medications are, for many people in recovery, a very significant component of their complete treatment plan. Take your medications, if you have been prescribed by a doctor to treat depression or anxiety or to help decrease or get rid of your cravings, exactly as prescribed. Do not expect the medications to begin working immediately because they can take some time to display the effects [antidepressants and anti anxiety indications] and therefore, you should continue taking them in order to allow them the time needed to begin showing improvements in your symptoms.
Joining, attending and participating in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step groups is also important. 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. During treatment and even after, it has proven to be important to attend and be a part of these groups. So attendance of the twelve step group meetings should not come to a halt when treatment has finished. On the contrary, your sustained recovery could depend on your ability to benefit from the support of others who have an understanding of your situation.
Sometimes, preventing relapse can be easier if you have a concentrated version of things you need to do.
If you do relapse, please remember that your life is not over. It should not be viewed as a failure or a lack of courage or willpower at that. Such things can happen. What do you do? The best option is to saddle up and get back on the recovery wagon. So you are more likely to stay on the path to recovery, get yourself to an environment where you'll get the support you need.
Discussing this with peers that have had a relapse before and managed to overcome it is also very significant. The people will be aware about what you are going through and can offer you the encouragement, support, recommendations and a non-judgmental ear which will definitely be required by you during this painful phase. To make it harder for you to relapse again, they can also give you coping tools/methods that they and others successfully used. Most important of all, they will help you to come to terms with the fact that relapse is not unusual and that not only can it be prevented, but that one can actually develop the ability to prevent it happening in the future.