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3 Ways to Support a Loved One in Recovery

May 2nd, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction, Recover 0 comments on “3 Ways to Support a Loved One in Recovery”

Addiction is a complex disease. The disease of addiction affects both the addicted, and those that are close to the addicted. The stigma of addiction can make it very difficult to ask for help. One who is battling addiction can feel ashamed, guilty, alone, and worthless. Supporting and encouraging your loved one’s sobriety will help in his or her recovery.

3 Ways to Help Loved Ones in Recovery

Below are three quick tips for helping a loved one’s recovery as much as possible without enabling him towards a relapse. It is always good to practice what is referred to as “tough love.” Chances are if you are helping someone, you love that person. Just be advised that feelings and emotions can get in the way of distinguishing the fine line between helping and enabling an addict. Read our three ways and try to determine where that line is for you and your loved one.

1. Learn more about addiction.

     Listen to people in group meetings share their personal experiences with addiction.

2. Attend a support group with your loved one.

     This will show your loved one that you care and you can talk with others in similar situations and learn how to cope.

3. Connect with others in the group.

     New, sober friendships can develop through group meetings. Build a network of people who understand addiction.

Always remember to praise your loved one’s sobriety, while encouraging them to stay sober. Recovery is a life-long process and your loved one will be faced with challenges. Supporting a loved one in recovery requires a lot of love, reinforcement, and motivation. If you or a loved one is battling addiction, do not wait. Addiction is a deadly and baffling disease. If you feel that a loved one is using, it is time that you seek professional help. Addiction is very much treatable and recovery is definitely possible!

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How to Support Someone in Addiction Recovery

Understanding the Complexity of Addiction

According to an article by Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW for the Hamilton Spectator, “Indicators of success include the person: attending an aftercare program, offering sincere apologies for the impact of the addiction, creating better boundaries regarding friends who may similarly indulge, and being involved in alternate and appropriate activity such as work or recreational pursuits.”

It can be hard for family and friends to understand the complexity of addiction and the intense challenges their loved one faces every day. Addiction hijacks the brain and alters brain chemistry. It interferes with the brain’s neurotransmitters and makes the brain release an increased level of dopamine, which causes euphoric feelings. The brain becomes dependent on the drugs or alcohol to function. A person can experience unpleasant and painful withdrawal symptoms until the drug or alcohol is used again. That is why quitting drugs or alcohol is so difficult.

The Importance of a Good Support System

A positive support system in recovery is crucial and can be very helpful in many ways. Treatment is not “one-size-fits-all” or packaged the same for everyone. It is tailored to the individual’s unique needs. As addicts and alcoholics in recovery, you are surrounded by other addicts and alcoholics on a regular basis. Most of them are those that you network with at meetings or through a treatment program. These are likely to be new relationships because those that you formerly associated with are likely still doing the same things that you are getting away from. This being said, meetings and other social activities can be somewhat or even very uncomfortable or awkward at first.

So it is important to make an addict or alcoholic that is new to the recovery world feel like they have friends and/or loved ones outside of the programs and rooms of recovery. A good family and support system can make all the difference in the world in aiding towards a full recovery from addiction or alcoholism. Sometimes it is nice for an addict to feel a part of something, when they are feeling lost or down. This gives an addict a sense of normalcy and comfort. However, this comfortable feeling will not last long if the addict or alcoholic is not working a program. So, for those of you dealing with addiction, it good to show “tough love” every once in a while. However, it is ultimately on you to figure out the best way to help your loved one.

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Avoiding Relapse in Addiction Recovery

March 31st, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction, Recover 0 comments on “Avoiding Relapse in Addiction Recovery”

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process and treatment for addiction varies for each individual based on individual needs. Treatment programs teach clients how to focus on healthy, sober activities as a way to cope with anxiety, stress, depression, or PTSD. The coping mechanisms that you learn in treatment must be used throughout recovery to maintain a new, healthy, sober lifestyle.

There will be challenges throughout recovery that increase the risk of relapse. Avoid situations that heighten the temptation to use your substance of choice. Stay away from people, places, and things that are associated with drug or alcohol use. Call a sober friend or relative who can encourage you to stay sober and talk to you when cravings are intense.

Relapse is not a sign of failure. Addiction changes the way the brain functions, and affects mental and physical health. Lifestyle changes must be made to have success in recovery. The brain needs to be re-trained to function normally without depending on drugs or alcohol. Taking the steps to recovery can be very overwhelming and cravings can be strong.

To avoid relapse, discover new healthy, sober activities or hobbies. Journaling is a great way to help you recognize your success in recovery and identify how you worked through past triggers. Writing also allows you to reflect on positive experiences throughout your journey in recovery. Exercise promotes physical and mental health, and good nutrition is extremely important for your overall health.                                                          

Addiction changes your mind, body, and spirit. Relapse can heighten feelings of worthlessness, self-doubt, and guilt. It can make you feel like giving up. Never give up because of a relapse. Everything about you changes, but you can recover from addiction.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or a substance use disorder, get help now. Do not wait to ask for help. Addiction is incurable, but treatment is available and there is hope in recovery. Take the first step toward a new, rejuvenated, healthy lifestyle in sobriety and get help today.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call 866-622-6309.

 

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How to Heal When a Loved One is Addicted

March 6th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction 0 comments on “How to Heal When a Loved One is Addicted”

When a loved one is addicted, family and friends are affected. Relationships deteriorate and family members experience emotional stress and agony over their loved one’s addictive behavior. Addiction makes a person limit his or her time around loved ones, which results in long-term absences from special events. Guilt, shame, and low self-esteem are amplified from addiction, which can make your loved one feel isolated.

There are ways to help you heal when a loved one suffers from addiction or a substance use disorder. Learning that addiction is a complex disease is a good way to start. Go to AA or NA meetings and listen to what others say about their experiences with addiction. Meet people in similar circumstances. Join a forum online or a group on social media that relates to drug and alcohol addiction. Ask questions and get advice or suggestions from others.

Encourage your loved one to get help, and stay supportive. Addiction sometimes co-occurs with an underlying mental health issue. Using shameful words or a negative tone could contribute to your loved one continuing his or her harmful drug and alcohol use. Set boundaries to show your loved one what is off limits. Boundaries will teach him or her to respect your rules and space. Plan expectations in advance and follow through with consequences.

Make sure you keep communication open with your loved one and stay positive. Go to group therapy or family counseling together. Family and friends suffer a range of emotions from guilt, anger, frustration, and helplessness. Understand you cannot control your loved one’s behavior.

Addiction affects the individual who suffers from it and family and friends. A person cannot be forced into treatment and recovery, but he or she can be encouraged to get help with love, support, and encouragement from loved ones. If you or a loved one is battling addiction, do not wait to get help. Addiction is isolating, but treatment is available and there is hope in recovery. Do not suffer alone. Get help today to start a healthy life in sobriety.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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The Power of Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery

March 5th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Recover 0 comments on “The Power of Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery”

Addiction affects a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Drugs and alcohol take the brain hostage and interfere with reasoning, movement, feelings, and self-care. Holistic addiction treatment encompasses the mind, body, and soul. The focus on the mind helps clients engage in treatment and stay in the right mindset. Mindfulness is being present, aware, and participating consciously in your experiences as they happen.

A person cannot practice mindfulness until he or she goes through detox. Withdrawal symptoms occur when drug or alcohol use stops. In detox, a medical professional monitors withdrawal symptoms and can offer medication-assisted detox. Addiction clouds the mind with substances that control the brain’s function physically and mentally. The routine of addiction affects the way a person thinks, acts, and feels.

Every day, we are faced with people and things that make us feel. We cannot control how we feel, but we can control how we respond to our feelings. When you enter treatment, you need to be fully engaged and be in the right mindset for success in recovery. Developing an open mind will allow you to accept treatment and alter the central focus of addiction. An open mind will help establish a central focus on wellness, physical and mental health, sustainable relationships, and responsibility.

Depression, sadness, loneliness, or boredom tends to trigger craving and then substance use. Mindfulness teaches you to be aware of your emotions and respond differently. Mindfulness helps you to listen to your body. A clear mind allows you to focus on staying healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally. Mindfulness helps you relieve stress. Keeping a clear, open mind helps incorporate appropriate treatment to heal effectively without drugs or alcohol. A clear mind will help you to understand your feelings and reveal why you turned to drugs or alcohol in the first place. Mindfulness helps to identify any underlying mental health conditions, which are treatable.

An open mind allows you to form new, healthy ways to cope with anxiety, depression, and stress. Open-mindedness will help you embrace the efficacy of holistic treatments. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help now. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable and recovery is possible. Do not suffer alone. Get help today.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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How a Healthy Lifestyle Makes it Easier to Stay Sober

March 4th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Recover 0 comments on “How a Healthy Lifestyle Makes it Easier to Stay Sober”

Addiction is a complicated disease of the brain and causes self-destructive behavior, despite harmful consequences. The brain changes chemically and physiologically when a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol. A person becomes physically dependent on the drugs or alcohol and experiences painful withdrawals when he or she stops using them. Adopting a healthy lifestyle in recovery makes it easier to stay sober.

Since the brain changes with addiction, it takes time for the brain to learn how to function without drugs or alcohol. Everything associated with a person’s drug or alcohol use must change, including anything or anyone who is related to his or her substance use. Friends associated with drug or alcohol use can unintentionally influence or trigger a relapse. New, sober relationships can develop by attending group meetings. If you feel the urge to use drugs or take a drink, you can call on a sober friend who can talk you through those feelings.

Focusing on healthy activities in recovery will help with your sobriety. Substance abuse and addiction affect mental and physical health. According to an article by Bob Gaydos on addiction recovery for Times-Herald Record, “Recovering physically is a critical hedge against relapse. It is a vital part of the recovery process and establishing new, healthy lifestyle habits can lay the groundwork for years of healthy sobriety.”

When a person is active, he or she will have less time to think about using drugs or alcohol. Staying active lessens the risk of boredom and promotes mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Another way to cope with lifestyle changes involves keeping a journal. It allows you to reflect on your progress and see how you managed emotions and challenges in early recovery. Developing new routines will replace old habits and helps you to avoid triggers. New, sober, sustainable friendships will make it easier to enjoy healthy interests and activities while living substance free.

Recovery is a lifelong process. If you or a loved one suffers from addiction, get help now. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Take the first step to a healthy, new sober lifestyle and start your journey to recovery today.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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