Do you find yourself looking at the mirror and wondering if the drink you have each and every night makes you an alcoholic? It’s commonly thought that addiction suddenly just happens as if a switch is flipped and that is it. The reality could not be further from the truth, however. When addiction is broken
Winter. It’s cold, miserable and testing at the best of times…
Throw in the big battle to remain sober and it can feel a little too much. Also, winter doesn’t exactly lend itself to fun outdoor activities really, now does it? When recovering through these cold winter months,
it is important to find or take part in uplifting activities to keep your mood elevated.
There is a huge difference between abstinence and sobriety
If you are not working or involved in the addiction treatment world, you may be forgiven for not knowing the difference between abstinence and sobriety. There is however a huge difference, and more importantly, a defined difference, one that can impact how we act and talk about recovery and recovering addicts.
Abstinence by definition is…
The practise of restraining oneself from indulging in something, typically alcohol, drugs or sex.
In terms of drug addiction it is the reduction and removal of a substance from a person’s life, often undertaken when someone believes they may be ‘overdoing it’ or on the brink of addiction.
Treatment is aimed to allow people to be productive, functioning members of society
Aside from the obvious primary reason for ending drug abuse, long term treatment is aimed at also returning people to a state of mind, soul and function that allows them to be productive, functioning members of society; in their family set-up, their place of work and the community that they live in.
Let’s get this journey started. Why would you need to go to an outpatient rehabilitation centre?
If you or a loved one is battling substance misuse and need to rehabilitate in the comfort of your own home you have (or you are currently) sat on Google, typing in words like, best outpatient rehab near me or, drug rehab near me or even, help me with outpatient rehab near me
Substance use disorders
Addiction cannot be viewed as affecting only the individual who is struggling with a substance use disorder. Substance use disorders are described as a family disease, owing to one family member’s addiction having a powerful effect on other family members, impacting the entire family system (Levin, 1995). Therefore, family members should be included in the recovery process as well.
Can drug addiction lead to mental illness?
Concerned friends and families, that have to deal with Drug Addiction frequently ask psychologists and treatment professionals “How did my loved one come to the point of needing rehab, and what can I do to help?” It’s critical to recognize that drug and/or alcohol misuse frequently coexists with diagnosable psychiatric disorders such as
depression, anxiety, or PTSD.