July 11, 2019

Understanding the Stages of Change in Addiction Recovery and Treatment.

Understanding the Stages of Change in Addiction Recovery and Treatment. Recovering from an addiction is never an easy task. It isn’t like learning to do the ‘downward facing dog’ in your yoga or even simply tying your shoes. But if you think about it, even the most rudimentary of tasks takes time to master and even longer to excel truly. The process of learning any skill is broken down to smaller manageable steps; each step aimed at bringing forth the desired change. It is the same philosophy that holds in trying to change from being an addict to becoming a recovering addict. The National Institute of Health estimates that over […]
July 10, 2019

Behaviors of Highly Addicted People Who Could Benefit from Recovery and Treatment programs.

Behaviors of Highly Addicted People Who Could Benefit from Recovery and Treatment programs. Addiction often starts harmlessly: a little puff here, a sip there, or another little pain pill. Most people can go for years doing their favorite activities without becoming addicts. Trouble starts when the individual becomes dependent on the substance. Every waking moment is filled with cravings. They plot and scheme on how to maneuver daily activities to incorporate their addiction. Friends and family will be surprised by some specific sudden changes in behavior. That surprise will quickly turn to frustration and anger because of all the resulting lies and the unfulfilled promises. Loved ones are often shocked […]
June 26, 2019

Rewards of Sobriety in Addiction Recovery

Rewards of Sobriety in Addiction Recovery Giving up any addiction is hard and giving up drinking can be especially hard! We all enjoy those crazy late nights with friends hopping from bar to bar while indulging in neon colored drinks with those fancy straws. You get to let loose, have fun, act indecently, say whatever you want and the cherry on top of this delicious dessert is that the events will all become a milky blur in your memory. It’s great! It’s not surprising that alcoholics find it difficult to let their last bottle be their last. Alcohol has jumbled up the wiring system of the brain such that sobriety […]
June 19, 2019

Healing Strategies for Addiction Recovery

Healing Strategies for Addiction Recovery Human beings find it very difficult to admit they are wrong. An addict is no different. The first and most challenging step in healing from addiction is to admit you have a problem in the first place. Admission is in no way a reflection of a personal character flaw but somewhat an understanding of human genetics. You are bound to feel uncertain about your decision to change. To shift from the comforts, you have grown accustomed and build a new life. It’s alright to feel torn. Recovering from an addiction is considered to be a lifelong process, and for someone who took their last drink […]
June 3, 2019

Common Relapse Triggers in Addiction Recovery and Treatment

Common Relapse Triggers in Addiction Recovery and Treatment Addiction relapse is a common phenomenon; it is part of the recovery process and not a mark of failure. Relapses occur when an addict starts doing their addictive behavior after a period of abstinence. For example, a recovering gambler is said to have relapsed if they place a single bet, as much as if they went to Las Vegas casinos and gambled. Relapse triggers are emotional, physical, or mental events that ‘trigger’ a response that will eventually send you sliding back into relapse and addiction. Addicts have different triggers which vary from being as simple as seeing a tv commercial of your […]
May 31, 2019

The Dynamics of Effective Sponsorship in Addiction Recovery and Treatment

The Dynamics of Effective Sponsorship in Addiction Recovery and Treatment Once you decide to get sober, a sponsor will be vital in facilitating the success of your recovery. This person will take you under their wing, guide you, and hold you accountable in your efforts to recover from addiction. It is always hard to see things clearly when you’re emotionally invested. A sponsor will help with that. Don’t be afraid to approach someone to be your sponsor. Yes, it’s awkward, uncomfortable, and embarrassing, but if you’re committed to living a clean life, it will be worth it. Choosing a good sponsor is a significant determinant to the success of your […]