Now What?

Now What?

Not knowing what to expect in early recovery from your loved one? Here are some helpful tools and information so that you can help in a supportive way.

Addiction affects the entire family, so it would not be unheard of if you got sick from your loved ones drug or alcohol use. This is why we refer to addiction as being a “family disease,” but just what do we mean by that, how could this be affecting your loved ones recovery, and can you fix it? Addiction Is A Family Disease It is sometimes difficult to believe that you could get sick from your loved ones actions – especially addiction. You aren’t abusing drugs or alcohol, so how could you be sick from this disease? These are the…
  Being a parent, or loved of one, of an addict or alcoholic who is in active addiction or early recovery can be overwhelming. The constant worry and fears, the failed attempts at getting them to see the damage they are causing, financial drain, and emotional breakdowns are just a few of the examples of what it is like. The truth is though, if you have not had to experience it, you will never know. If you have, then you know all too well, and finding useful and helpful information to help you deal with these issues can be just…
When it comes to recovering from drug abuse and alcoholism, detox is the first step. This is why locating an effective medical detox facility is an important step in the recovery process. Whether looking for yourself or for a loved one, there are many considerations to factor when looking into a medical detoxification center. Detoxification (Detox) Detox is the process by which a substance that has built up in an individual’s body is slowly weaned out. This should be done by medical professions in a hospital type setting. It is a physically taxing process as well as emotionally exhaustive and does have…
  The serenity prayer isn’t just for those in recovery; it can work for you, too. Related: 5 Truths From The Serenity Prayer That Offer Wisdom In The Modern Age The Serenity Prayer Peace of mind The words in the serenity prayer allow individuals sanctuary as they submit to their own conception of faith to release worry over any arising trials and tribulations that they may be headed into for that day. Helps with acceptance The phrasing of the prayer ignites acceptance. The importance in letting go of what cannot be changed in an individual’s life is loud and clear…
There’s nothing more defeating than feelings of guilt. The relationship that guilt has with shame, avoidance, and denial is dominating, especially when it comes to dealing with an active addict or alcoholic. Stop Feeling Guilty It’s safe to assume nearly all people who deal with a suffering addict/alcoholic can relate to feelings of guilt. It can be painful to literally watch your loved one kill themselves with drugs or alcohol, but it’s important to understand that you cannot save your loved one without help and their disease is not your fault. Stop Feeling Shameful Your loved one is suffering from…
  There are different types of intervention strategies that depend on the addict/alcoholic in question and what their needs may be. These strategies can range from unstructured counseling and feedback – (which can be done by friends, families and support networks), to more formalized structured therapy – (which is going to involve intervention, therapeutic and addiction professionals. To learn more about getting an interventionist call 1-877-97-LIVES or go to www.livesinrecovery.com and click on the Alumni Crisis Referral Helpline to chat with one of our professional Admission Coordinators). Brief interventions are: Time limited; Directed towards a specific goal; and Are structured.…
  The impact of reconnecting with family for an individual who is struggling with an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs can play a critical role that pulls the addict along.  When addicts are active in their disease abusing substances, it’s more likely than not that they turn away from their loved ones and resort to using heavily.  The obsession grows so strong that they begin to struggle with typical daily routine functions.  After coming into recovery and beginning to work on themselves, these individuals may see how rebonding with loved ones like their family has been a gift provided by…
  The 4th of July is well on its way and you may be anxious about how the day will go because your loved one is in early recovery for their alcoholism.  Getting information like 4th of July safety tips can benefit you greatly because it can help you notice if the behavior your addicted loved one isn’t quite right.  With this, discovering ways that you can best be supportive instead can also additionally help to ease your own mind as a loved one of an alcoholic so that you can instead provide comfort to them during the holiday that…
Addiction can be confusing to those who have never had any experience with it. Addiction can also be confusing to those who have had experience with it or live with someone who is suffering from a substance abuse problem. Many people can't seem to understand that once an addict becomes an addict there is little hope of full recovery unless they stop using all mind-altering drugs (even alcohol) altogether. In a world where drug abuse has become an epidemic, let's look at the top 10 most difficult drugs to quit and how your loved one can recover from any drug…
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