Spirit Lodge Blog – Lastest News on our Luxury Rehab CenterApril 26, 2013
“Denial is the most cunning, baffling, and powerful part of my disease…When I look back now, it’s hard to imagine I didn’t see a problem with my drinking. But instead of seeing the truth when all of the ‘yets’ (as in, that hasn’t happened to me—yet) started happening, I just kept lowering my standards.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 328)
Alcoholism is a sneaky foe. Like cancer or heart disease, we often do not recognize the danger lurking beneath the surface. However, in the case of cancer or heart disease, once we receive a diagnosis from a professional, we are likely to believe the news and then decide a course of action for treatment. The alcoholic, by contrast, may be told by family, friends, and professionals that a drinking problem is apparent, but still cannot see it.April 25, 2013
Bigger is better in the Lone Star State – except when it comes to the number of deaths caused by prescription drug overdose. About 1,900 people die every year in Texas due to fatal overdoses from drugs that doctors prescribed for them. From 2000 to 2008, the number of overdoses nearly doubled.
Why the Increase of Drug Abuse
There are a number of reasons the abuse of prescription drugs is steadily climbing — the biggest being that they are easy to obtain. Teens like to experience what is called a “pharm party,” in which parents’ medicine cabinets are raided and the prescription and over-the-counter drugs are swiped to be blindly mixed with other pills and possibly alcohol for a fun yet conceivably fatal event.April 10, 2013
Acknowledge your role as an enabler.
Staying on the path you are on now will only perpetuate the problem and reduce the likeliness that your loved one will ever get the help he or she needs.
Living with an addicted spouse causes tremendous stress. You may be dealing with a loved one who is constantly high on prescription drugs while you manage a job and care for the rest of the family. Tend to your own emotional well-being by reaching out for help. Working with a therapist will provide a safe outlet for you to express feelings, such as anger, frustration, sadness, or guilt. A professional will also help you develop strategies to cope with those powerful emotions in a healthy way.April 3, 2013
If you suspect or know that your spouse is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, you may be at a loss as to how to help him or her. What can you do? How do you confront the issue? The answers don’t come easily; after all, it’s not as though you were taught in school how to cope with an alcoholic or drug-addicted spouse. The truth is that in your attempts to keep the peace, maintain the status quo, and do things you think are helpful, you may be doing more harm than good. Like so many in your shoes, you may be inadvertently supporting–or “enabling”–your spouse’s addiction without realizing it.March 20, 2013
Where treatment for alcohol- and drug-dependence is concerned, there is no “one size fits all” template – at least no successful one. Every addict has a unique history and is party to a unique evolutionary process that has transformed him or her from someone living a relatively healthy life into a person prone to self-destructive behavior.
Consequently, effective treatment facilities craft unique programs that address the needs of each individual seeking help. As research reveals increasing evidence that “convention” does not always breed “success,”, drug treatment professionals are, not only thinking outside the box, they’re creating new boxes altogether. Read the rest of this entry »
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