The worry and logistics associated with getting a loved one connected to the proper intervention specialists, as well as the journey through detox and treatment, can often prove so harrowing and eventful that it leaves many without a plan for after treatment. This is true not only for the addict, but for their friends and family members as well. Addicts often find themselves having a hard time with returning to daily life after treatment. Of course, this is made harder if an addict finds themselves in a static environment or around former friends. This highlights the importance of finding a positive environment as well as building a valuable support network.
So how can one properly evaluate the environment an addict may be returning to? Well, one rule of thumb is that an addict should never return to a household in which resides an addict or alcoholic. In fact, it is often best for an addict to return to a place of minimal or no use. Of course, where you transition to directly after treatment will depend upon the level of care you received. For those leaving detox or a 30 day rehab, halfway houses/sober living homes are encouraged. These will help ensure safety and a smoother transition for those adjusting to life after treatment.
However, there are some treatment programs that last longer and some that even help those who have struggled with substance abuse find housing and jobs. Of course, what the addict in your life needs will be consulted on by the treatment center and their clinical staff.
It is very important to do your research on any treatment center/halfway house/sober living home that is presented to you. The sad reality is that some treatment centers not only fail to provide adequate care, but participate in illegal activities, such as patient brokering. You will want to be vigilant, and select one of many compassionate, ethical treatment options.
How about transitioning into school or an apartment? College, especially, comes with its own set of triggers that need to be sorted through. However, there are a few general rules of thumb when it comes to protecting your sobriety in a new environment, whether it be academic or residential. Sober networking is a huge example. Whether you meet people through NA, AA, We Agnostics, Celebrate Recovery or a campus group, it is important to meet people with similar understandings. This will not only help you feel more secure in your sobriety, it will allow you to have fun!
Wherever your exciting journey in sobriety takes you, make sure you check in and know it’s okay to ask for help. If you or someone you know is in need of help now, look no further than Recovery Care Partner- your resource for addiction interventionists and specialists.Learn More
If you are in recovery, it may feel like no one else is in the same boat, especially if you’re young. However, if we know anything about addiction, we know that it is incredibly wide-reaching. In fact, it is estimated to impact about ten percent of the population. That’s why it is so important that addiction, and recovery, be represented in the media- and be represented correctly. We certainly know that substance abuse can be misconstrued in the media through glamorizing and rationalization, but luckily there are some books, movies and more that provide an accurate portrayal of what it is like to be addicted to drugs- and what it’s like to get clean.
One of the irrefutably best books about recovery is a memoir called Dry by author Augusten Burroughs. Burroughs, who achieved memoir success with the popular book Running With Scissors, strikes again in this accurate depiction of addiction, recovery and relapse. With his trademark wit and laugh out loud humor, Burroughs paints the story of how he developed an alcohol abuse disorder and how his co-workers insisted he be sent to rehab. After rehab, Burroughs describes the trials and tribulations of early recovery in shocking accuracy. Furthermore, Burroughs describes a painful relapse, but writes without pretense, judgement or dishonesty. The book is a look not only at the (recovering) addict themselves, but the relationships they have with those around them and how alcohol abuse can alter, and strengthen them.
Another popular book about addiction is called A Million Little Pieces. Told in a heart wrenching furious manner, a Million Little Pieces entails the journey of the author, James Frey. However, after parts of the book were later found to be untrue, the book changed from a memoir to a novel. While there was a lot of outrage over this perceived inaccuracy, whomever the story describes, it speaks pretty truely of the struggles and emotions experienced in recovery, and in treatment in general. In treatment, Frey suffers through a root canal without pain medicine and the trials and tribulations that accompany falling for another addict in early recovery.
As far as movies, there are also a lot of good options that reflect addiction and recovery. One popular choice is 28 Days, starring Sandra Bullock. In it, Bullock stars as a hard-partying city girl who inadvertently ruins her sister’s wedding by being messed up. She then enters a 28 day rehab. At first, she is skeptical of those trying to be sober, but after falling out of a window in an attempt to grab pills, she begins to consider the fact that she may need to. However, the journey to recovery isn’t so easy or straightforward.
While movies and books are a good source of inspiration, they can’t be the only tool in your toolbox in terms of recovery. This is where addiction counseling and intervention specialists come in. Recovery Care Partner can help you source the recovery counseling and guidance you or a loved one may need.Learn More