Drug or alcohol rehab is unfortunately no guarantee of long term sobriety, and a great many people fail to see sobriety through the end of the first very risky year after rehab. Here are three things that maximize the odds of staying sober and staying healthy after the end of drug or alcohol rehab.
The first weeks and months after rehab are an incredibly risky period for relapse and continuing abuse, and the whole first year of sobriety is tenuous at best. Recovery statistics put the odds of a long term sobriety after drug rehab at about 40%, and sadly more people than not do not manage to integrate the therapies and lessons of recovery in a way that allows for enduring success.
Individual motivation and commitment to recovery obviously influences your odds at success and sobriety, but wanting something badly is rarely enough, and to truly maximize the odds of successful recovery, you need to put into practice certain strategies of relapse avoidance, and put them into practice every day.
Three ways to stay sober after drug rehab (more…)
Drug rehab centers help men and women recover from chemical dependency and addiction. If you have decided to help someone recover from drug addiction it will change their lives completely. While deciding on a drug rehabilitation center for your friends or relatives, choose one that will recover them completely. Drug rehab and alcohol rehab centers offer various treatment programs that can meet individual needs. Various programs offered by these centers are inpatient, residential, outpatient; extended care and short stay options. As affected men and women keep taking treatment and pass through different stages, you will notice a drastic improvement in their thinking and living. As each individual passes through each stage, their perspective towards life will change. A trained professional who can take accurate diagnosis can prescribe the most appropriate treatment program. Each alcohol and drug rehab center has different treatment programs, philosophies, credentials, qualifications and cost. Deciding on the best center may be very confusing. Most people don’t know what to look for or what questions to ask that will help in determining the drug rehab center that’s best designed to meet our needs. (more…)
When identifying the signs of addiction, it is important to know that while drug and alcohol use and abuse manifest themselves as different behavioral changes and inconsistencies, they also share a number of commonalities. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of signs of drug and/or alcohol addiction, but is instead a list of common signs that someone is suffering from addiction.
Often, addicts and alcoholics are the last to know that they have a problem, because they cannot see the outward signs of addiction. They attempt to hide their use from loved ones, escaping to a “safe” space such as a bar after work, or a spot in the garage where they can be alone to drink or use. The addict believes that he or she is keeping the drug or alcohol use secret from everyone else, when in fact, the physical and behavioral signs of addiction are often immediately apparent. (more…)
Alcohol and drug treatment has evolved quite a bit the past few decades. The first forms of alcohol and drug treatment were actually quite primitive compared to what’s available today. In the dark ages it was thought that addictions were caused by demonic possession, which had many different prescribed cures ranging from blood letting to being burned at the stake.
In the 19th and early 20th century, alcohol and drug treatment had made some strides towards improvements as opposed to when addictions were then considered forms of insanity and the treatments of choice involved straight jackets, padded rooms, and electric shocks. Could you imagine? You have to wonder what they were thinking? (more…)