Everyone, at some point in their life, has hopes and aspirations. Growing up, everyone wants to be a professional athlete, astronaut or maybe a fireman. Dreams and goals don’t have an expiration date. In order to continue to accomplish challenges and reach new milestones, goal setting is essential. This is especially relevant when it comes to achieving and continuing a life of sobriety. There are two different types of goals: short term and long term. Both are equally important and can be used to build on each other. Short-term goals can be hourly, daily, weekly or maybe even over the next month. These can be little victories such as regularly attending recovery meetings or avoiding certain snacks that you usually eat when feeling stressed. As implied in the name, long-term goals span over an extended period and can be supplemental to short-term goals. These can be achieved over a 3-month, 6-month or multiple-year period. These goals can be things like completing a college degree or switching careers.Whatever your short or long-term goals may be, they are very important, especially when completing rehabilitation. If you have goals in place, you have something to work towards. It is also said that if you actually write down these goals, you are more likely to complete them….
I do not want to suggest that it is OK to make excuses for addictions, but it is important to understand situations and triggers that can aggravate addiction or rehabilitation. In this case, let’s examine the role of stress. Stress can trigger in morning traffic, at the beginning of the month when bills have to be paid or even just with a simple disagreement with a coworker. While everyone experiences some degree of stress every day, it is especially relevant when someone is struggling with addiction or is on the road to recovery. Some choose fatty foods or candy in stressful situations, which can cause obesity. Those struggling with addiction may turn to drugs or alcohol to trigger the pleasure sensation in their brain to avoid the situation. They use the substance to avoid their problems, which only prolongs the suffering and introduces life-threatening consequences….
Confronting a family member or loved one about alcohol or drug addiction is hard, no matter how you approach the topic. It is important to remember that while you are approaching them in love, they still may feel attacked or be caught off guard by the situation. With that said, you must make sure the person is as comfortable as possible.There are several important factors to keep in mind if you should choose to confront someone in your life. First, when choosing the location of the meeting, it is important to find somewhere your loved one is familiar with so they do not feel like they are being ambushed. Choose a place they have been before and is associated with positive memories. Another consideration to make is who will attend the intervention. This is determined by the nature of the person you are approaching. Would they feel comfortable with a big group of family and friends? Would it be better for you to approach that person alone or with one other close friend?…
When a person ends drug rehabilitation, the process of recovery isn’t over. The time after a person leaves a rehab facility is just as important as their time in the program. There are ways to continue healing and practice sobriety while getting back to a normal life routine. Transitional facilities are always an option for those recovering from addiction. These houses are completely drug and alcohol free and give residents structure and accountability partners to help with recovery. Typically, these places are a good place to transition back to living independently by staggering a person’s exposure to the pressures of the real world. Many use support groups or meetings to stay accountable for recovery. Typically, when a person has friends to help them stay on track mentally, they are more likely to stay on the path of sobriety….
When you suspect a child, parent or loved one is struggling with addiction, it is hard to know what to do. There is always a risk of damaging a relationship and many do not know how to be sure addiction is present.Many times, when someone is struggling with drug abuse there are certain warning signs that arise. By no means is this list all-inclusive, but it may be helpful to know some of the indicators. Typically, the first things you may notice are changes in behavior and temperament. Are they extra sensitive or defensive when you bring up certain topics? Do they have drastic mood changes? As drugs alter a person’s mental state, they begin to act out of character. In addition, as they try to keep their addiction secret, they will act more secretive and make changes to their normal routine to keep others off their trail….