Statistics show that about 20 million people are presently recovering from drug and alcohol addictions in the United States.
Any of the many different problems they have to deal with on a daily basis can make them experience a relapse. Sadly, far too many of them 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. How to deal with the issue? Experts at the recovery process say that starting a recovery system that is reliable and maintaining it is paramount.
Thinking that all it takes to recover is to abstain is a mistake that many people make.
Getting the addict to stop drinking, using substances or engaging in addictive behaviour, so a detox, and they can only consider themselves as being in recovery.
If things were really as simple as believed we would not have the problems that we are encountering today.
The truth is that the field of recovery research is just beginning to extend. Rehab experts and researchers now think that there are various paths to follow and that there are many sides to recovery. There isn't just one solution that suits everybody.
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. In the past, it was thought that recovery wasn't complete if a person was still in a maintenance program but nowadays it is recognised.
An individual achieves the sobriety, as well as improved health, wellness and quality of life with the help of recovery that is a process of change. The changes are increasingly being defined as long-term and wellness centred. An ongoing process of growth, self-change, self-discovery, and reclaiming the self is involved in it. The modern approach to recovery understands that there is more than one road that leads to better health and recovery is seen as a way of managing the addiction by providing support that lasts well into the future and this is nothing like the previous approach that focused more on individual treatment sessions.
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.
It is essential to understand that simply by clearing the toxic substances from the body of an individual will not help in getting at the issues that may have contributed to the addiction initially.
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.
There are many ways of attaining recovery as has been noted by many researchers.
For some it is a very simple thing as getting your life back on track. Everyone in recovery has their own explanation of what recovery means. To a lot of people in recovery, receiving a second chance and a chance to start a new life, the feeling of being born again is crucial and it is in many cases quoted to be exactly that. Others cite being drug-free, having direction, self-improvement, improved finances/living conditions, achieving goals, improved physical/mental health, achieving goals, more positive attitude, improved family life, and having friends/support network.
The emerging model of recovery understands that a systems approach is essential.
There is need for a model of care that integrates a greater degree of coordination between the support services. This model emphasises on post treatment monitoring and support, long-term recovery oriented recovery education [stage appropriate], peer-based recovery coaching, linkage to communities of recovery and re-intervention wherever necessary. The emerging model also includes ongoing treatment, peer support, and auxiliary services as part of the overall treatment plan for their 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. There are many treatment options to choose from under the ROSCs and there are also various support choices available for the recovery process. 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. Formal and informal community-based supports are included in the ROSCs that are person-centered and build upon the flexibility and strength of individuals, families, and communities to achieve sobriety, health, wellness and quality of life.
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 looking into living in places that offer a conducive environment in addition to having friends and family who do not drink or use addictive substances that one can call when things get tough.
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. 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 should take on prayer or meditation or soul-searching so they can focus on their spiritual evolution.
Addicts that have been drinking for a long time, like 20 or more years, can't just complete a one-month program and have a chance of staying sober and clean because they are chronic, severe cases. They will need a transitional phase along with a place where they can receive continued support, counselling, education and any other services, which can help them to reach a stage from where they can regain entry within the society and have a positive chance at recovery. Using a halfway house or a sober living facility will prove helpful for such individuals in this transitional step.
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 individual in recovery has specific needs. A strong support system is what they all need in order to build upon their assets in recovery. They might need to repair their relations with loved ones, to find work, a new place to live.
Addicts are familiar with peer pressure. During the time they were addicted, the fact of peer pressure could have played a role in their addiction. Experts in recovery now admit to the important part that peer pressure plays in recovery as well. This is the core of the 12-step groups: The individual remains in the sustained recovery with the help of positive peer pressure.
Behavioral therapy, individual and/ or group counselling is necessary for a recovering individual. These factors are always present in many treatment programs that are largely successful.
Medications are an important part of the overall treatment program for many persons in recovery. 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.
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. Most of these groups also have separate groups for women. During your rehab, but also after it, joining these groups has displayed many benefits. That means that even if you have completed your treatment you shouldn't give up attending 12-step group meetings. In fact, your ability to draw upon the support of others who understand your situation may be the necessity for your sustained recovery.
Sometimes, preventing relapse can be easier if you have a concentrated version of things you need to do.
It's not a complete disaster for you to slip. You must not consider it as a failure, lack of willpower or courage. Relapses happen. What then should you opt to do? The best option is to saddle up and get back on the recovery wagon. 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 help provide you with coping tools - things that worked for them and have worked for numerous other - so that you'll be able to stop relapse from happening 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.