It is a brave step to admit one’s need for help. However, the anxieties that naturally haunt one’s brain can often hinder the recovery process. Depending on the substance in question, most addictions are not only physical, but also mental. Although different for every case, the reason for the addiction may not just be the feeling of the substance, but the reason may primarily be that the substance releases one from thoughts of worthlessness, guilt, and depression. Despite what we might have been told, those thoughts do not have to have a hold on us.
Confronting the Thoughts with Addiction Counselors
Let it first be noted that no one should confront addiction alone (mental or physical). Here at Recovery Care Partner, you will find doctors, mentors, and recovery companions who will listen and council you for your recovery needs. That includes calm and nurturing sessions with professionals who will guide you in confronting the thoughts that plague your mind with ideas of anxiety and depression. When you start out confronting thoughts alone, it’s very hard to convince yourself that the thoughts are not real. But once you start voicing your raw, uncensored thoughts to someone who can understand, you will begin to see that those thoughts do not hold up to reality.
Reaching Back to the Source
Often times certain thoughts originate from certain traumatic or defining moments in one’s life. It is important to realize that one cannot confront these thoughts without going back to the source. And the source should only be confronted with a trained Addiction counselor ready to listen and consult. Our counselors and coaches never judge nor condemn any patient based on their past experiences. As we’ve said before, there is no shame in where you’ve been.
Good Thoughts to Move Forward
Once you have learned to believe in yourself under the scrutiny of bad thoughts, you will soon be able to stand against them on your own and see that you are indeed safe. These thoughts don’t own you. They never have. The only problem is whether or not you believe they do. And we will help you to grow strong in your mental confidence. At the end of your recovery, you will be able to step out into the world say “I won!”Learn More
Sometimes a loved one needs help and does not realize it or want to admit to themselves that they have a serious problem. It can be hard for someone suffering from the ravages of addiction to realize the true extent the substance is taking over their life and that of those around them. Here are some tips for planning a family intervention that has the greatest chance of success.
Create Your Team
The family members you choose to be part of the intervention should be chosen carefully. Ideally, those closest to your family member will be part of the team. However if one member is so emotional they cannot talk rationally and calmly during the intervention, they should not be there. Shouting and loudness can have the opposite effect that is intended.
Know The Facts
Addicts need to be told exact incidents that have led to the intervention. For example, if they woke up their sister in the middle of the night knocking on the door or struck somebody, this needs to be brought up. This is not the time for generalizations. Specific incidents put responsibility on the addict instead of sounding like a personal attack with no substance.
For many families, it can be helpful to seek the advice and assistance of an intervention specialist. These types of counselors are trained to provide support and guidance when planning an intervention and coordinate a safe time and place to conduct the actual intervention.
Recovery Care Partners offers addiction counseling, intervention planning, and customized treatment plans for all types of addiction. For those that need a sober companion, we can help find one for your loved one and place them in their home for outpatient treatment. Sober companions are usually part of the process after a patient has spent some time in an inpatient program.Learn More