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The Recipe For Being Successful After Going to Substance Abuse Treatment

In 2010, almost 24 million people had an alcohol or drug addiction. If you are like them, you will seek help from a substance abuse treatment facility. But the real work extends beyond supervised treatment. Long-term recovery is a combination of post-treatment behaviors.

Real world Strategies for Addiction Recovery

Addiction affects your mind, body and soul. When you receive care at a facility, the doctors, nurses, counselors, etc. work together to develop a multi-prong approach that addresses all of your needs. However, when you finish a formal program, you will be the person solely in charge of your recovery.

Tips for Sober Living After Rehab

Changing just one aspect of your life won’t be enough to achieve and sustain sobriety. Here are some tips to help you take control of your recovery.

1. Associate with Positive People
Choose your friends wisely. Avoid people you used to hang out with when you were using. When it comes to your sobriety, your friends will either help you move forward or drag you back to abuse. Consider thir actions, not their words. If they are still using or not enrolled in a formal program, do not spend time with them.

2. Find a new Spot
Similar to finding new friends is choosing new places. Don’t revisit the local bar, neighborhood or apartment of your old dealer. Forego a trip down memory lane. Don’t delude yourself by thinking because you finished rehab you are strong enough to overcome any urges (triggers).

3. Get Support
Real recovery requires a strong support system. Reach out to family, friends, counselors and your pastor. Let people who care about you know what you are dealing with. Join a support group. Connect with recovered addicts online. Ask for help.

4. Plan for an Attack
Your triggers can pop up out of no where. The smell of someone else’s smoke, a breakup or divorce, money problems and family issues can make you want to take a drink. It’s unavoidable but not impossible to overcome. Determine how you will react to a situation before it happens.

5. Start a Journal
Record your experiences. Write about your happenings and your perception of them. Question how you can do things differently. Celebrate the things that made you proud.

Recovery is possible. Continue your journey with a focus on after care.

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Why 28 Days of Rehab May Not Be Enough

Treatment for addiction issues is a continually evolving area. 28-day inpatient treatment programs have been the norm in the addiction treatment world. However, research shows that the longer a newly clean and sober person stays in treatment, the better their chances for lasting recovery.

Some substances take longer to detox from than others. There can be periods of time when even after the initial detox period is over that withdrawal symptoms can resurface. In early recovery, it is important that a support system is in place so that the individual does not return to using. If an individual is still in treatment when these symptoms resurface there is a greater chance they will use the resources available to get through it rather than go back out and use.

Even in individuals who will not experience a recurrence of withdrawal symptoms, the brain and body need a chance to fully heal. Dopamine is a chemical found in the brain that is responsible for pleasure. Drug and alcohol users may have a hard time experiencing happiness and joy when they stop using their drug of choice. Most substances deplete the amount of dopamine that is readily available in early recovery and it takes a significant period of time, longer than 28 days, for the level of dopamine to return to normal. When a person stays in treatment during the period of time needed for levels to return, they have a greater chance of continuing in recovery rather than relapsing.

Avoiding Triggers is the Key to Successful Recovery

The main triggers for those in early recovery are being around the people they used with, being in places they used to use, and exposure to the things they used to be around when they were using. If these things can be avoided than recovery can continue with fewer chances for relapse. 28 days in treatment is not long enough to make the changes necessary to eliminate these triggers from their lives.

If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, consider a treatment program that lasts longer than the typical 28 days. Although many in early recovery are eager to resume their life, understand that a clean and sober life is made much more possible by spending the time necessary in early recovery treatment.

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