Within the United States approximately 20 million people are presently in recovery for addiction to alcohol and drugs.
They face multiple problems every day, any one of which can drive them headlong into relapse. Many of them unfortunately 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 can such an issue be dealt with? Recovery experts say that it is crucial to build and maintain a solid support system.
Thinking that all it takes to recover is to abstain is a mistake that many people make.
Get addicts to quit with their drinking, using drugs or engaging in addictive behavior - give them a detox - and that's recovery.
We wouldn't have the problems we do today if it were only that simple.
The field of research into recovery is only now starting to grow. Professionals within the industry and researchers presently have an opinion that there are a number of aspects of recovery along with numerous pathways that should be followed. There is no 'One size fits all' solution.
The most common ways to recover are the 12-step groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous or Gamblers Anonymous, although they are not the only ways. Many recovering addicts can be in a maintenance program for their dependency and in recovery too. These individuals could be healthy, sober, and already on a maintenance program that incorporates Methadone or Buprenorphine. Earlier, it was believed that an individual could not be on a maintenance program and considered to be in recovery, so this is a recent recognition.
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. Wellness-orientated and long-term is how it is more often being described. It is a continuous process and involves growth, discovering oneself, reclaiming and changing oneself. 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.
It's absolutely unrealistic and shortsighted to simply detoxify an individual and expect him or her to go on to live a life of continued sobriety.
Many problems that may have contributed to the addiction in the first place cannot be controlled by just clearing the toxic substances from a person's body.
This is the reason why the whole person approach to healing presently is recognised widely as it is one of the most effective methods of helping addicts to reach recovery.
There are many ways of attaining recovery as has been noted by many researchers.
For many people, it is as simple as making the statement "I have got my life back." Everyone in recovery has their own explanation of what recovery means. A sense of being born again, getting another chance and an opportunity to begin new lives is important for many individuals within the recovery and is spoken about as this. Others define recovery as having a family and friend support network, being free of drugs and other addictive substances, achieving goals, having a positive attitude, having improved living conditions, improved finances and having better physical and psychological well being.
The emerging model of recovery care understands that a system approach is needed.
There is need for a model of care that integrates a greater degree of coordination between the support services. This model highlights post-treatment administering and support, peer-based recovery, long-term recovery -oriented (and stage appropriate) recovery education, linkage to communities of recovery, and re-invention when necessary. Ongoing support, auxiliary services, and peer networks are included in the emerging model as part of the overall addiction treatment plan. The Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSCs) are created to aid individuals to recovery from addiction problems and disorders for their entire lives. 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. Services are provided in flexible and unbundled packages that develop over time to match the ongoing and changing requirements of the individual in recovery.
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. The point of ROSCs is to achieve a high quality of life as well as health, wellness and abstinence and this is achieved through both formal and informal support that is based on community and thus founded on the strength of individuals and their ability to get back up
When people face stressful challenges that might lead to relapse, they need access to creative things that they can make use of. This entails creating a peer group of sober friends, contacting friends that can provide encouragement and support, and, if possible, living in the right accommodations.
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. 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 are required to pay attention to their spiritual development with the help of meditation, prayer or introspection.
It is hard for some chronic, hard-core addicts, who have been drinking for 20 to 30 years, to go through a 28 - 30-day program and come out with any likelihood of remaining clean and sober. 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. Such a transition usually takes place in a sober-living home or a halfway house.
Skills such as filling of job applications, putting together a resume and how to act in a job interview will need to be taught at this stage. A sober-living facility or halfway home helps to set up the individual on a long-term stable path.
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. Reconnecting with their friends and families, getting a job or finding a place to live may all be necessary.
Addicts are familiar with peer pressure. For most recovering addicts, peer pressure plays a role during their period of using. Peer pressure can also have a positive effect during the recovery process. In order to maintain continued recovery, peer pressure is necessary and this is incorporated in different things such as the 12-step groups.
Avail yourself of counseling (individual or group) and other behavioral therapies if you are in recovery. These are considered as critical for an effective recovery program.
A number of people within the recovery will find medications are also an important part of the overall treatment program. 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.
Joining, attending and participating in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step groups is also important. These 12-step groups are not affiliated with any sect, denomination, politics, religion, Institute or organisation. Some of these groups have the men and women in different groups. During your rehab, but also after it, joining these groups has displayed many benefits. Therefore, when treatment is over, it does not mean that one should stop associating or being a member of these 12-step groups. These groups are an important source of support for people in recovery and regularly attending the meetings may make the difference in the long term.
There are a few things that you can do that may be able to keep you from relapsing.
If you slip for any reasons you must not consider it as the end of the world. You shouldn't consider it to be a failure, or lack of bravery or determination. It is not unusual, it happens. What do you do? You get yourself back on the journey to recovery. So you are more likely to stay on the path to recovery, get yourself to an environment where you'll get the support you need.
Talking with others is also vitally important those who have also gone through a relapse and come back from it. You will need a person to encourage you and provide support and advice without judging you and they will be able to do this because they've been where you are. To make it harder for you to relapse again, they can also give you coping tools/methods that they and others successfully used. They will help you realize, and that is crucial, that relapse is actually normal, it can be stopped and you can develop your own methods for avoiding it in the future.