alcohol addictionApril 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 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.February 16, 2013
It Takes a Comprehensive Treatment Approach to Beat Addiction
The Spirit Lodge alcohol-and drug-treatment facility in the Hill Country just outside of Austin, Texas, is the realized dream of George Joseph, COO of TRS Behavioral Care and recovery community notable.
Using the substance abuse struggles of his youth and the education he received as a result of that experience, Joseph tailored Spirit Lodge to be a state-of-the-industry, upscale alcohol- and drug-treatment alternative that successfully changes lives.January 28, 2013
Whether it goes by the term “recreation therapy” or “therapeutic recreation,” the practice of teaming mind- and body-enhancing activities with conventional drug- and alcohol-addiction treatment has proven very effective in helping people conquer substance abuse.
A recent article posted on drug-rehabilition.org noted how therapeutic recreation substitutes healthy, productive, drug-free activities for previously practiced destructive endeavors and, in turn, trains an addict how to make healthy, productive, drug-free choices with his or her time.
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A couple of years ago, a troubled youth named Grace picked up a drawing pencil and ultimately kicked her drug habit.
Her story, chronicled in a report on the website stltoday.com, tells of someone who lost her way due to alcohol and drug dependence, but who managed to recover when treatment put her in touch with her “inner artist.” Here are highlights of her experience:
“I used to stay high all the time,” she said. “I wasn’t really living life … I can feel my emotions now.”
On Feb. 1, 2010 Grace entered Preferred Family Healthcare’s substance abuse treatment program, receiving outpatient therapy twice weekly at the mental health service provider’s St. Charles, Mo., office. Her treatment included a therapeutic creative arts program called ARTC – Achieving Recovery through Creativity.
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