Clear thinking behind effective recovery.
Substance Use Disorder is a primary disease process that includes all mood-altering chemicals. Like any disease, it affects individuals with different levels of severity. For some, the severity of their addiction has high costs for the addicted individual, their family and their friends. The ultimate cost is someone’s life.
Co-occurring disorders or poor coping skills may negatively impact an addicted individual’s ability to sustain changes needed for ongoing recovery. Such individuals need more help, not more rejection.
Someone does not have to “hit bottom” to get help. Someone in denial about their problem isn’t capable of making a rational decision. Most recipients of our intervention techniques are grateful for help and continue to work with us or others to maintain their recovery.
We can intervene with people before they’re ready to ask for help. We can also intervene on the relapse process. If individuals with a Substance Use Disorder relapse, it does not doom them to “having to hit bottom.” They can get help quickly. Preventing and intervening on relapse is not accomplished by individual effort.
Family members and addicted individuals do better in long-term recovery if they’re willing to gain insight into their own behaviors — and how the family works as a system. Addicted individuals are not the only ones harmed by addiction.
Relapse can be intervened upon with the proper support and open communication. The more support an addict receives in recovery efforts, the greater the chances for long-term recovery.
The only guarantee with addiction: Left untreated or mistreated, problems will increase, leading to consequences such as jail, institutions or death. Everyone can make a difference in addressing this problem by fully supporting early intervention and prevention techniques proven to help those with this life-threatening disease.
We can reduce relapse rates by accepting the importance of ongoing support and accountability. Anyone who utilizes a support program for sustaining changes has a far greater chance of doing so in their life and within the family. The use of a professional Recovery Coach is another valuable tool to improve the chances of a positive outcome.