Within the United States approximately 20 million people are presently in recovery for addiction to alcohol and drugs.
They face complicated issues every day, which can push them into a relapse. The unfortunate part is that numerous people will. The magnitude of the problem becomes more significant if you add to these numbers the estimated 22 million people who need treatment for addiction. 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.
A lot of people think that recovery is just a simple abstinence, and they are wrong.
Get addicts to quit with their drinking, using drugs or engaging in addictive behavior - give them a detox - and that's recovery.
The problems we have today are a testament that it is not that simple.
The truth of the matter is that research on the field of recovery has just begun growing. Professionals in the area of treatment now believe that recovery comprises of many aspects and that there are many ways that one can follow in recovery. There is no 'One size fits all' solution.
Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous or Gamblers Anonymous and other 12-step programs are the most usual ways to recover, but there are many others. Many recovering addicts can be in a maintenance program for their dependency and in recovery too. Such people may be living happy healthy lives and at the same time attending maintenance programs that utilise buprenorphine or methadone. This is a new recognition since before it was believed that a person couldn't be on a maintenance program and be in recovery.
Recovery is a process in which a person changes in order to achieve better health, overall well being and life standard, but the main reason is to achieve sobriety. It is increasingly being hinged on the long-term wellness of the individual. It can involve a continuous process of growth, self-discovery, self-change and reclaiming the self. Therefore, recovery can be considered as a shift from the crisis oriented, professionally directed, acute-care approach, which emphasises on isolated treatment episodes to a better recovery management approach which will provide long-term support and recognise the many pathways to wellness and health.
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.
A lot of issues that have caused a person to turn to substance abuse in the beginning will still be present even after her or his body is cleansed of the toxic substances.
The most effective approach for recovery has thus been widely established as the holistic person approach to healing.
Researchers have discovered many pathways while they were analyzing roads to recovery.
To some patients, recovery means being able to say they have their life back. Recovery has different meanings for people who are in recovery. 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. Numerous people refer to being drug-free, having direction, self-improvement, achieving goals, a better attitude, improved finances/living conditions, improved physical/mental health, improved family lives and having the friends and the support needed.
As far as care of people in recovery is concerned, a systemic approach is needed.
Coordinated support methods are required using a chronic care prototype of prolonged recovery directing. Post-rehab observing and support, recovery training based on peers, long-term recovery-directed (and phase appropriate) recovery education, connection to recovery communities and re-definition when needed is what this model is focusing on. 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 provide the addict with an array of independent and free options and choices across a wide range of treatment plans and support during recovery. There is a high degree of flexibility in the service packages provided to leave room for changes in the needs of the person in recovery and evolution of the treatment process.
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.
When the stress factors that act as triggers and threaten to lead to relapse arise, individuals should have access to creative avenues. 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.
People in recovery, generally speaking, have to develop new relationships. To make it harder to relapse, it is important to find friends who are themselves not drug/alcohol users. They may often need to change their location in order to get out of the environment where they were using substances are lived with other individuals who continue the usage. They need to commit to meditation, introspection or prayer as a means of realising their spiritual development.
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 require a place where they will get constant support, advising, education and other services, they require a gradual transition to help them become able to join society again and have a solid chance of recovery. Such a transition usually takes place in a sober-living home or a halfway house.
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.
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.
Peer pressure is a matter that addicts are familiar with. For most recovering addicts, peer pressure plays a role during their period of using. Recovery experts to sustain recovery recognise the benefit of peer pressure also during the recovery. This is primarily the core of 12-step groups: positive peer pressure can help the individual to manage sustained recovery.
Behavioral therapy, individual and/ or group counselling is necessary for a recovering individual. These are considered censorious elements of an effective recovery program.
Medications also play a vital role in the treatment of many individuals. Use medication as per the doctor's prescription exactly, whether they're supposed to reduce cravings or to treat psychological problems. You should keep taking the medication (anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications) as prescribed even if at first you don't notice any change since some of the medications take time before results are seen.
Join and participate in 12-step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no requirements to join the 12 step groups with regard to religion, politics, race etc. Some of these groups have the men and women in different groups. Participating in these groups has been seen to make the treatment much more effective. So, just going through the treatment doesn't mean that you quit going to 12-step support groups. Your long-term sobriety might actually depend on whether you are able to feed on the support of your peers since they know what you are going through.
Having a condensed version of what to do have proved to be helpful for sometimes to help prevent relapse.
If you slip for any reasons you must not consider it as the end of the world. Don't be hard on yourself or see yourself as lacking the necessary willpower. Relapses happen. What should you do? You should be getting back on the path to recovery. 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 you're going through and can offer support, encouragement, recommendations and a non-judgemental ear - something you're exactly need during this painful time. They can help you with coping tools that you desperately need, including the things that have worked for them and for others during similar periods of time, so that you will be able to stand against the temptations to relapse even after. 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.