Many people say that one of the saddest days of their lives, is the day that doing drugs or getting drunk stopped being fun and started to become a chore. Instead of being an escape to serenity, it has became another bill, another headache, another necessity and it’s adding up and getting worse by the day. It may have started however it started, maybe you were born into alcoholism, maybe the cool kids were passing it around at a party in high school and you wanted to fit in, or maybe you’re trying to get over a tragic loss, or maybe even your own doctor prescribed it to you. It doesn’t matter how it started, all you know is that you are not yourself lately, you feel real alone from it, and you’re more than upset with who you are these days and who you might become.
Treatments are out there for you, and for whatever you’re going through. The anticipation of different treatments is much worse than the actual treatment. It may seem as if it will be an incredibly embarrassing thing for you to do, but it’s not, and definitely not as embarrassing as becoming an angry, desperate, shell of yourself one day due to becoming a slave to your addiction. It’s not weak to admit you need help, and it’s definitely not weak to actually seek out the treatments that will help you.
Remember there is no tomorrow as far as addiction is concerned, today is the day. The issues aren’t getting any better and they won’t go away until you take the appropriate steps for them to do so, face them, embrace them, and conquer them. Let us help you. There is no better feeling than what you’ll feel on the day you walk out of one of our treatments with the smile and pride of someone who just took control over their own life.
First Phase: Treatment Initiation. This is when either you reach out to help your loved one or they reach out for help from you. The entire treatment process starts right here. It is going to prove difficult, as these might be the first few days where the drug is no longer consumed, and this can make the detox process rather difficult for many individuals.
Second Phase: Early Abstinence. After detoxing from the drug, the negative side effects of the body often dissipate, but the mind starts to kick in as it tells the body it needs the drugs. An addiction counselor is going to help with this situation and it is going to make it that much easier to get through it. The staff at the treatment center is also going to work with your loved one so they have the tools to succeed once they leave the facility.
Third Phase: Maintaining Abstinence. Depending on the facility, the individual might move home at this point, or they might move out into a different location, where there are fewer rules, but still guidance. This often depends on the severity of the addiction at the start of the treatment process. The main goal of this stage is to avoid a relapse. There are many signs of a possible relapse, which is why the previous stages are important to learn from, as the treatment staff is going to provide information regarding these signs and how to avoid them.
Fourth Phase: Advanced Recovery. This doesn’t occur until about the five year mark. The advanced recovery stage indicates that the individual has essentially come completely clean and, while they might still consider consuming an alcohol beverage or feels a small desire occasionally to try the drug again, it is easy enough to pass on the fleeing moment and continue on with their improved lives.
When it comes to treating addiction, it is crucial to understand the importance of a person’s environment. Exposure to active drug users and residence in a location where drugs are easily obtained are both serious risk factors for relapse. Supportive housing combats these risks by offering comfortable and safe conditions which will ensure the effective administration and follow through of treatment. The benefits provided by supportive housing are numerous and significant.
Many individuals, especially youths, find themselves abusing drugs as a result of boredom. Supportive housing encourages the use of various tools of positive distraction, like beach, bowling, exercise, and other recreational activities. These distractions can be educational and motivating and serve to replace the substance abuse that the individual would previously have turned to in order to alleviate their boredom.
Participating in recreational activities with other individuals who are going through similar trials offers an opportunity to share experiences and acknowledge that you are not alone in this process. Most importantly, supportive housing takes those who are struggling with addiction away from the negative influences that plagued their former residences and offers them a nurturing and understanding environment–the ideal circumstances for recovery.
Drug and alcohol addiction is a disease. While many who suffer from this disease would like to enlist in a treatment program, it is a difficult step to take on one’s own; it is especially difficult because substance abuse is affecting the capability of the individual to make the right decisions. Fortunately, supportive housing aims to instill life skills that will assist in making coherent and positive decisions, which will be important during the final stage of recovery: preventing relapse.
In this situation, the individual is not required to plan out a detailed path to recovery. Instead, qualified health professionals will do the planning, and the patient can simply focus on recovering. Constant monitoring ensures that there is no hour during which treatment and resources are not available to patients; substance abuse treatment can be grueling and constant support is essential to the individual’s comfort and stability.
Throughout treatment, patients residing in supportive housing establishments will learn to live a healthier lifestyle. Of course this starts with detoxification and the elimination of drugs and alcohol from the body, but there are several other simple steps that can be taken in order to significantly improve a person’s mental and physical health. This will help to create a fresh and healthy post-substance abuse life.
Exercise: The first simple step is exercise. Make use of the resources that are made available through supportive housing. Swimming a few laps every other day or taking a jog around your building can provide mood-enhancing endorphins as well as a healthy distraction.
Diet: The meals you will be receiving are geared towards healthy living. Eating health-promoting foods may improve your physical shape as well as bolster your mental health.
Life Skills: Treatment is a learning experience. Substance abuse is a learned behavior, so the elimination of this behavior can be learned as well.