WELCOME TO THE ADDICTION: LIVING WITH AN ADDICT COMMUNITY. This patient support community is for family members and loved ones of people who are substance abuse addicts. Discussions cover how to help your loved one, enabling, coping with the emotional impact of addiction, intervention, and when to seek medical help. If you are not a family member of a substance abuse addict and instead need help with your addiction, please visit our Addiction: Substance Abuse Community to get the support you need.
We are going to start a recovery guide ... Once you have gotten threw Detox that is when the hard work starts .Staying clean is something we have to work on daily .There is some great information out there about recovery and different aftercare programs .I would like everyone to add in there thoughts and any information you have on recovery .This will help greatly everyone just starting down the road to recovery.
What are the steps of recovery?
There are six stages that addicts must undergo for long-term recovery:
Transition – The period of time needed for the addict to realize that safe use of alcohol or other drugs for them is not possible.
Stabilization – The period of time in which the addict experiences physical withdrawal and other medical problems and learns how to separate from the people, places and things that promote drug abuse.
Early recovery – When an individual faces the need to establish a chemical-free lifestyle and builds relationships that support long-term recovery.
Middle recovery – The time for developing a balanced lifestyle where repairing past damage is critical.
Late recovery – The period of time in which the individual identifies and changes mistaken beliefs about oneself, others, and the world that causes or promotes irrational thinking.
Maintenance – The lifelong process of continued growth, development and management of routine life problems.
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Scientific research since the mid-1970s shows that treatment can help many people change destructive behaviors, avoid relapse, and successfully remove themselves from a life of substance abuse and addiction. Recovery from drug addiction is a long-term process and frequently requires multiple episodes of treatment. Based on this research, key principles have been identified that should form the basis of any effective treatment program:
There are some long term recovery programs that will help you continue in your recovery.
Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early Fifties. The NA program started as a small US movement that has grown into one of the world's oldest and largest organizations of its type.
For many years, NA grew very slowly, spreading from Los Angeles to other major North American cities and Australia in the early 1970s. In 1983, Narcotics Anonymous published its self-titled Basic Text book, which contributed to tremendous growth. Within a few years, groups had formed in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, the Irish Republic, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Today, Narcotics Anonymous is well established throughout much of the Americas, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Newly formed groups and NA communities are now scattered throughout the Indian subcontinent, Africa, East Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Narcotics Anonymous books and information pamphlets are currently available in 34 languages, with translations in process for 16 languages.
NA's earliest self-titled pamphlet, known among members as "the White Booklet," describes Narcotics Anonymous this way:
"NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We … meet regularly to help each other stay clean. ... We are not interested in what or how much you used ... but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help."
Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. When adapting AA’s First Step, the word “addiction” was substituted for “alcohol,” thus removing drug-specific language and reflecting the “disease concept” of addiction.
There is no social, religious, economic, racial, ethnic, national, gender, or class-status membership restrictions. There are no dues or fees for membership; while most members regularly contribute small sums to help cover the expenses of meetings, such contributions are not mandatory.
Narcotics Anonymous provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together. One of the keys to NA’s success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. These principles are the core of the Narcotics Anonymous recovery program. Principles incorporated within the steps include:
admitting there is a problem;
engaging in a thorough self-examination;
making amends for harm done; and
helping other drug addicts who want to recover.
Central to the Narcotics Anonymous program is its emphasis on practicing spiritual principles. Narcotics Anonymous itself is non-religious, and each member is encouraged to cultivate an individual understanding—religious or not—of this “spiritual awakening.”
Narcotics Anonymous is not affiliated with other organizations, including other twelve step programs, treatment centers, or correctional facilities. As an organization, NA does not employ professional counselors or therapists nor does it provide residential facilities or clinics. Additionally, the fellowship does not provide vocational, legal, financial, psychiatric, or medical services. NA has only one mission: to provide an environment in which addicts can help one another stop using drugs and find a new way to live.
In Narcotics Anonymous, members are encouraged to comply with complete abstinence from all drugs including alcohol. It has been the experience of NA members that complete and continuous abstinence provides the best foundation for recovery and personal growth. NA as a whole has no opinion on outside issues, including prescribed medications. Use of psychiatric medication and other medically indicated drugs prescribed by a physician and taken under medical supervision is not seen as compromising a person’s recovery in NA.
The primary service provided by Narcotics Anonymous is the NA group meeting. Each group runs itself based on principles common to the entire organization, which is spelled out in NA’s literature.
Most groups rent space for their weekly meetings in buildings run by public, religious, or civic organizations. Individual members lead the NA meetings while other members take part by sharing in turn about their experiences in recovering from drug addition. Group members also share the activities associated with running a meeting</font>.
To find a NA or AA meeting in your area look in your local phone book under alcoholics or narcotic's anonymous.
SMART offers free face-to-face and online mutual help groups. SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities. SMART is an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
SMART sponsors more than 300+ face-to-face meetings around the world, and 16+ online meetings per week.
To support individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behaviors (substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work towards long-term satisfactions and quality of life.
* Teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.
* Works on addictions/compulsions as complex maladaptive behaviors with possible physiological factors.
* Teaches tools and techniques for self-directed change.
* Encourages individuals to recover and live satisfying lives.
* Meetings are educational and include open discussions.
* Advocates the appropriate use of prescribed medications and psychological treatments.
* Evolves as scientific knowledge evolves.
* Differs from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and traditional 12-step programs.
SMART Recovery® 4-Point ProgramSM
SMART Recovery® (Self Management And Recovery Training) helps individuals gain independence from addictive behaviors (substances or activities). Our efforts are based on scientific knowledge and evolve as scientific knowledge evolves. The program offers specific tools and techniques for each of the program points:
Point 1: Enhancing and Maintaining Motivation to Abstain
Point 2: Coping with Urges
Point 3: Problem Solving (Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors)
Point 4: Lifestyle Balance (Balancing momentary and enduring satisfactions)
SMART Recovery® Tools & Techniques
The SMART Recovery® 4-Point ProgramSM employs a variety of tools and techniques to help individuals gain independence from addictive behaviors. Participants are encouraged to learn how to use each tool and to practice the tools and techniques as they progress toward Point 4 of the program -- achieving lifestyle balance and leading a fulfilling and healthy life. These tools include:
- Stages of Change
- Change Plan Worksheet
- Cost/Benefit Analysis (Decision Making Worksheet)
- ABCs of REBT for Urge Coping
- ABCs of REBT for Emotional Upsets
- DISARM (Destructive Irrational Self-talk Awareness & Refusal Method)
- Role-playing and Rehearsing
<font>SMART Recovery® Purposes and Methods Statement</font>
1. We help individuals gain independence from addictive behavior.
2. We teach how to
- enhance and maintain motivation to abstain
- cope with urges
- manage thoughts, feelings and behavior
- balance momentary and enduring satisfaction
3. Our efforts are based on scientific knowledge, and evolve as scientific knowledge evolves.
4. Individuals who have gained independence from addictive behavior are invited to stay involved with us, to enhance their gains and help others.
1. We assume that addictive behavior can arise from both substance use (e.g., psychoactive substances of all kinds, including alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, food, illicit drugs, and prescribed medications), and involvement in activities (e.g., gambling, sexual behavior, eating, spending, relationships, exercise, etc.). We assume that there are degrees of addictive behavior, and that all individuals to some degree experience it. For some individuals the negative consequences of addictive behavior (which can involve several substances or activities) become so great that change becomes highly desirable.
To individuals who are, or think they may be, at this point, we offer our services. Our groups are free of charge (although a donation is requested). Our Internet listserve discussion group is free to those who can access it. There is a nominal charge for our publications.
2. Gaining independence from addictive behavior can involve changes that affect an individuals entire life, not just changes directly related to the addictive behavior itself. Consequently there appear to be as many roads to gaining independence from addictive behavior as there are individuals. For many the road will lead somewhere other than using our services. We recommend they follow the direction they have chosen, and we wish them well. They are always welcome to return.
Individuals who have been successful in gaining independence from addictive behavior appear to have made changes in all four areas we teach about. These four areas could also be described as maintaining motivation, coping with craving, thinking rationally, and leading a balanced lifestyle. Although we teach important information in each of these areas, ultimately it is the individual's determination and persistence to keep moving forward that will determine how much success is achieved.
Our services are provided for those who desire, or think they may desire, to achieve abstinence. Individuals unsure about whether to pursue abstinence may observe in our group discussions how abstinence can be achieved, and how it can help. Even those whose ultimate goal is moderated involvement with their substances or activities may benefit from participation in abstinence-oriented discussions. Benefit could occur if the individual aims to engage in selected periods of abstinence, or frames the goal as abstaining from over- involvement (as opposed to all involvement).
Much of the information imparted by us is drawn from the field of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and particularly from Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, as developed by Albert Ellis, Ph.D. In general, CBT views addictive behavior more as a complex maladaptive behavior than as a disease. Use of the CBT perspective allows us to use a rich and easily accessible body of ideas, techniques, and publications. Some of these publications we are able to make available directly to our participants, and others are available through bookstores and other sources.
3. What we offer is consistent with the most effective methods yet discovered for resolving emotional and behavioral problems. As scientific knowledge advances, our teachings will be modified accordingly. Individuals with religious beliefs are likely to find our program as compatible with their beliefs as other scientifically derived knowledge and applications.
4. The length of time an individual will derive help from our services is variable. For many sincere participants there will come a time when attending our groups, or participating in our other services, is more in conflict with the pursuit of their life goals than enhancing them. Although these participants will always be welcome back if they want to come, this conflict signals that the time for graduation has arrived.
One of the most enduring satisfactions in life is helping others. The individuals who have nurtured SMART Recovery® thus far have reported intense satisfaction at witnessing the positive changes our participants have experienced, and at witnessing the influence we are having on professional addictive behavior treatment. We offer to others, whether graduates of our efforts or not, the opportunity to join us in experiencing that satisfaction.
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More Treatment Options
Self-Recovery is a method of treatment that focuses on personal responsibility, will-power, and persistence. Substance abuse is not viewed as an incurable disease or involuntary action, but rather a choice. There are several programs that subscribe to this method of treatment. Rational Recovery is one such program. According to Rational Recovery;s philosophy, "Addiction recovery is not a group project; it is an individual responsibility. You are ultimately on your own."
In 2001, President Bush created the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in ten Federal agencies in an effort to expand the role of faith based organizations in providing social services. This initiative formally recognized the valuable role that faith based organizations play in preventing and treating substance abuse and addiction. Faith-based organizations have shown to be especially effective in serving culturally diverse and historically underserved populations. For almost 15 years, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has played a central role in forming alliances between Federal programs and faith-based and community organizations.
Alternative and Holistic Treatment Options
Many alternative and holistic treatment options have resulted in successful outcomes for many individuals recovering from substance abuse and addiction.
Most holistic approaches are designed to initially accompany conventional, professional treatment programs. Beyond the initial stages of recovery, and for maintaining an ongoing drug-free lifestyle, holistic and alternative approaches have shown to be quite helpful to many individuals. It is widely recommended that individuals consult with a physician before beginning alternative and holistic treatment for substance abuse recovery.
Some holistic treatments include:
Relapses are generally viewed by treatment professionals as a setback, or common occurrence, rather than as failure. Drug and alcohol dependencies are often viewed as chronic diseases, and the road through recovery is often very complex. Individuals in recovery are reassured not to lose faith in the recovery process. A relapse is not viewed as a sign of disinterest, weakness, or lack of effort. Most people in recovery have relapsed at least once, if not several times.
Recovery from addiction is a long-term, ongoing challenge that often requires persistence and determination. Most individuals who have successfully recovered from addiction have also endured numerous relapses and setbacks.
Physicians and substance abuse treatment professionals are often aware of the early warning signs of relapse. This is why ongoing monitoring and counseling proves to be a vital component of relapse prevention. Unpredictable forces and life-changes may jeopardize a patient's sobriety. New challenges and temptations may surface. The support of a physician, counselor, or treatment professional can prove be critical to someone in recovery during these times. Relapse prevention is an essential part of any treatment strategy.
Family and friends can play significant roles in inspiring those with drug and alcohol dependencies to seek assistance and begin the road to recovery. Additionally, family and friends are often a vital re-enforcer; motivating those in recovery to remain in treatment and follow through with treatment requirements. Family therapy is often very helpful for those in recovery, especially for adolescents. The active involvement of a family member in an individual's treatment program can strengthen and extend the benefits of the program. Family involvement is often useful in encouraging those who refuse all outside help to seek treatment.
The Healing Road
Whatever road to recovery one decides to follow, taking the first step is often very challenging and requires a great amount of courage. Continuing through the recovery process and maintaining sobriety requires a great deal of commitment, persistence, and strength. A large array of treatment options exist to meet the large array of individuals seeking treatment. Each person in recovery is unique. No two people recover in the same fashion. Recovery is usually on ongoing process that may take months, years, or the rest of one's life. Regardless, it is a road filled with challenges and unpredictable turns.
Early in recovery
The pink cloud
The “pink cloud” is best described as a period of time where the addict or alcoholic experiences a reprieve from the struggles associated with early recovery. These struggles are generally associated with the feelings of depression, anger, resentment, self pity and the realization of where their drug addiction or alcoholism has taken them.
Upon experiencing this phenomenon for the first time, the addict or alcoholic is understandably excited. They begin to believe they now “hold the key” to their recovery. This is where the seed for relapse is planted. They begin to believe more in themselves than in the process they have been following. Without the pain as a daily reminder, they tend to forget about what it took for them to embrace recovery. Denial rears its ugly head and they minimize how devastating their drug addiction and alcoholism really was and that they have a disease of drug addiction and alcoholism that requires attention on a daily basis. Relapse prevention becomes an afterthought as the person becomes defiant and rebellious regarding suggestions contrary to their desires. Without resorting to drugs or alcohol, the individual in recovery is one step away from relapse. Remember, relapse is not an event, it is a process.
Relapse Prevention versus the “Pink Cloud”
The relapse prevention plan that is designed while in addiction treatment or drug rehab is a plan for recovery when a person is feeling elated, depressed or anywhere in between... The relapse prevention plan is comprised of recognizing one’s triggers, unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors with recommendations on how to best address them. The addict and alcoholic are not used to feeling good about themselves. While most individuals would cherish high self esteem, the addict / alcoholic relishes self pity and low self worth. When there is no shame, they create it. So, when a recovering person starts feeling good about themselves, they need to work harder and practice what has been working for them. This will provide them the opportunity to break an old pattern of self sabotage and establish a new pattern of developing self worth. No matter how one is feeling, rely on the relapse prevention plan that has been developed for you