After you’ve made the often very difficult decision to go into rehab and get professional help to overcome your addiction, it’s not the end of the healing path but merely the beginning. Along with detoxifying your body from addictive substances, learning about the disease of addiction, becoming familiar with and practicing coping skills and techniques, and learning how to prevent, deal with and come back from potential relapse, there’s the whole vital element of ongoing support to navigate. While you’ve probably been introduced to 12-step meetings, once you’re back home again you’ll need to figure out how to handle (or survive) your first (post-rehab) 12-step meeting. Continue reading
For many people considering going into treatment, what scares them off is the fear that they’ll be overmedicated during rehab or given drugs that make their addiction worse. They might desperately want to get clean and sober — they just don’t want to take any drugs in the process. What about drug rehab that doesn’t use drugs or medications? Is there such a thing as a drug-free/unmedicated addiction recovery?
It’s tough to be away from a loved one who’s getting help to overcome drug addiction or alcohol abuse, possibly combined with a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression. You want to be supportive without being intrusive.
Going through drug rehab and coming home to begin recovery is one phase you’ve completed. You should be proud. Now, however, the real work begins.
Several studies have found significant gender differences in how and why people relapse during and after treatment for addiction and substance abuse. Men are more likely to relapse and have unique reasons for having a slip. They also respond to a relapse differently than women. These specialized gender factors are important to acknowledge so that each patient in substance abuse treatment can be given the best tools for avoiding and coping with relapses.
Overcoming addiction takes a great deal of patience, determination, practice and courage — none of which you’re likely to feel you have much of when you first enter drug rehabilitation. The good news is you’ll learn a great deal in rehab, not the least of which are skills you’ll need once you complete treatment and return home. What are these skills and why are they important? Let’s take a look at five of the many skills you’ll learn in drug rehab. Continue reading
There are many reasons why you may need a new job after completing rehab. Maybe you just want a fresh start with new coworkers. It may be that your old job isn’t waiting for you. Whatever the reason, searching for employment as a newly recovered addict isn’t easy. You don’t have to disclose that you have been treated for addiction, but it may be unavoidable if new employers want to know why you lost your last job or why you were unemployed for a long period of time. Continue reading
A new study from UCLA finds that the drug naltrexone may be an effective treatment for methamphetamine addiction. The drug is currently used to treat narcotic addiction and alcohol addiction, but this is the first study in the United States to find promising results for methamphetamine treatment. Continue reading
Loneliness is a dangerous emotion to those who are recovering from addiction. Feeling alone or isolated from the rest of the world is an overwhelming feeling that may consume you and ultimately lead to the urge to pick up a drink or a drug.