In the U.S. alone, around 20 million people are in recovery for alcohol or drug dependence.
They face complicated issues every day, which can push them into a relapse. Many of them unfortunately will. The size of this issue becomes even bigger when you add these figures to around 22 million people that require rehab for their dependency. How to deal with the issue? Establishing a support system that is strong and reliable is important according to many professionals.
A sizeable number of people equate recovery to abstinence.
If you get the addict to abstain or stay away from whatever substance they are addicted to, whether alcohol or particular behavior - detox process and voila, they are in recovery.
Addiction wouldn't be the problem it is today if it was that simple to deal with.
The truth is that the field of recovery research is just beginning to extend. Recovery is complex and has many faces and paths that lead to it according to many experts in the field of addiction treatment. There is no 'One size fits all' solution.
There are many ways to achieve recovery even if the ones that most people are familiar with are 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. 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 recent development since it was though that one could not be said to be in recovery if they were in a maintenance program.
The process through which an individual achieves abstinence, proper personal health, overall wellness and a good quality of life requires change and is referred to as recovery. Wellness-orientated and long-term is how it is more often being described. The process involves changing and rediscovering one's self through growth. As such, recovery is translating from acute-care, crisis-oriented, professionally directed approach with its significance on segregated treatment episodes, to more of a recovery administration approach that offers long-term supports and recognizes the many pathways to health and wellness.
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.
There are many problems that could have led to the substance abuse, and clearing the toxic substances through detox does not address these.
The most effective approach for recovery has thus been widely established as the holistic person approach to healing.
Researchers have come to the conclusion that there are many different ways of getting to recovery.
To some patients, recovery means being able to say they have their life back. Everyone gives their own meaning of what recovery is to them. 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. 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.
A systematic attitude is needed and the most recent model of recovery care incorporates that.
There is need for a model of care that integrates a greater degree of coordination between the support services. This model emphasises on post treatment monitoring and support, long-term recovery oriented recovery education [stage appropriate], peer-based recovery coaching, linkage to communities of recovery and re-intervention wherever necessary. This developing model comprises of peer networks and other support structures as well as auxiliary services as a part of the general treatment plan. The aim of these Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care or ROSCs is the recovery from addiction and treatment of disorders in the long-term. Free and individual selections from a big variety of choices of rehab and recovery support alternatives is what ROSCs can offer. They provide services in installations that grow with time to address the constant and changing requirements of the person in recovery and that are unbundled and adjustable.
ROSCs offer clients in recovery access to a complete selection of services that are coordinated to give support throughout their specific road to maintained 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
Access to creative structures is necessary for individuals that they can use when stresses arise that may result in a relapse. 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.
In other words, new connections need to be developed by those in recovery. 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 are often in need of changing their location, getting away from the environment where they used to use, or lived with other individuals who continue to use. Through prayer, meditation or by looking inside, there is also need to foster spiritual growth.
Hard-core chronic addicts who have been drinking for over 20 to 30 years simply cannot manage to achieve the sobriety which is desired by going through a program which just lasts for 28 to 30 days. 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. A halfway house or sober-living might be a good transitional move for people like this.
Numerous individuals will need to educate themselves about preparing a resume and how they should present themselves during an interview or how to complete a job application. 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. They may need to find employment, a new place to live, or to renew their relationships with family and friends.
Addicts are familiar with peer pressure. During the time they were addicted, the fact of peer pressure could have played a role in their addiction. Peer pressure can also have a positive effect during the recovery process. This is the core of the 12-step groups: The individual remains in the sustained recovery with the help of positive peer pressure.
Make sure that you take up counseling, whether group or individual, and other behavioral therapies if you are in recovery. An effective recovery program definitely has these aspects as they are critical to the process.
A number of people within the recovery will find medications are also an important part of the overall treatment program. It is important for anyone in recovery to take the medication as prescribed by the doctor for issues such as reducing cravings or eliminating them altogether, alleviating or helping with anxiety and depression among others. It is also important to understand that some of the medication may not kick in immediately and may take some time to work such as antidepressants and medication prescribed for anxiety, so keep taking the medication as prescribed in order for them to work as designed so that you can see an improvement in your symptoms with time.
Joining, attending and participating in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step groups is also important. There are no requirements to join the 12 step groups with regard to religion, politics, race etc. Most of these groups also have separate groups for women. During your rehab, but also after it, joining these groups has displayed many benefits. So attendance of the twelve step group meetings should not come to a halt when treatment has finished. On the contrary, your sustained recovery could depend on your ability to benefit from the support of others who have an understanding of your situation.
Sometimes, preventing relapse can be easier if you have a concentrated version of things you need to do.
It's not a complete disaster for you to slip. You must not consider it as a failure, lack of willpower or courage. Such things can happen. What do you do? You should return to the path 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.
Talk to others who've had the same experience before so they can show you how they handled it. The people will be aware about what you are going through and can offer you the encouragement, support, recommendations and a non-judgmental ear which will definitely be required by you during this painful phase. They can offer you coping mechanism that they used and many others before them, so relapse never happens to you again. Lastly, they will also show you how you can keep yourself from relapsing in the future and help you to understand that relapses happen and they can be prevented.