13 Nov 2012
Completing drug rehab is a tremendous accomplishment. Yet the day that formal rehab treatment concludes is not the day that addiction is forever in the past and recovery has a solid foothold in the future. In fact, while rehab represents perhaps the largest step an individual will take on their journey of recovery, it is actually only a first step. Addiction experts are in agreement in urging participation in aftercare programs in order to find lasting recovery and the greatest chance for success.
When that day finally comes when your spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or close friend agrees to seek help for their substance abuse problem, it can feel as if the weight of the world has been lifted off of your shoulders. Dealing with a loved one who has an addiction requires a lot of hard work and perspiration, and when you are trying to do it without the assistance of professionals, the whole situation can at times seem completely hopeless.
No one is really sure what the relapse rate for addicts and alcoholics actually is. Some studies have claimed it is as high as 80%, and few experts in the addiction field would dispute that the correct number is somewhere north of 50%. Thankfully relapses are frequently short-lived, and the addict or alcoholic who falls off the wagon is able to reclaim their sobriety rather quickly without causing undue damage to the recovery process.
10 Aug 2012
Sometimes people are hesitant to get into drug rehab even when their employer provides insurance because they are worried about how it will affect job security or their career path. Yet getting healthy and sober is the best way to make oneself a valuable employee. After drug rehab, people in recovery may face similar fears about re-entering the workplace. Worries that others will look at you differently, that your reputation has suffered permanently or that there is a loss of confidence in your professional capabilities can make going back to work feel stressful. There are things to keep in mind which can make the transition smoother. Here are just a few:
Facebook, MySpace and Twitter may be contributing to relapses for teenagers enrolled in drug rehab programs, say researchers at UCLA. According to a recent article, such social networking sites might make it more difficult for adolescents to say no when they see posts from friends about substance use.
21 May 2012
If you can recall what it was like learning to ride a bike or what happened the first few times you went skiing then you know that it took a combination of determined effort and a few falls before there was smooth sailing. Just as a few falls did not mean that you could not learn to ride or ski, the occasional relapse does not mean an addict cannot achieve full and lasting recovery.
01 May 2012
A new study reveals that watching just a five minute video may help reverse memories of former drug use with past heroin addicts. It could also help ease cravings and the process is quite simple, says David Epstein with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and co author of the study.
Those who have an addiction to alcohol or another substance often suffer a relapse soon after completing treatment in drug rehab. The skills learned in treatment through therapy often provide many tools for handling the temptation to return to using a substance, but patients still struggle to avoid using the substance again.