Tips for Using Rehab Lessons to Overcome Workplace Obstacles

Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse, no matter how far into the past it is, can still leave a very grim and in fact devastating effect on those who are affected by it.  Addiction is a serious issue and a huge crisis, to say the least, one of which that needs to be addressed and addressed soon too before the issue just gets worse and worse.  Once it does get addressed, and once one does go to rehab, it still needs to be addressed even after that!

However, what a lot of people do not realize is that they can actually to a degree draw strength and resilience from their recoveries, and in a lot of ways they can be better off for having achieved recovery.  A lot of people are actually able to produce better and do better in life because they used to struggle with addiction and now they do not.  They are able to find success and to find a degree of solace and peace of mind, often because they did struggle with addiction and are now forced to move on.

Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse, in general, is a hardship and a crisis, to say the least, and it has been an ongoing one for some time now.  Now more than ever it is important that those who are addicted get clean and find some degree of sobriety and recovery before it is too late.  Next up, such individuals need to do whatever they need to do to maintain that sobriety, often through getting a job.

How to Use Lessons Learned in Rehab to be Successful at Work

One tends to learn a lot at rehab.  Some of the lessons can be applied to one’s workplace too.  For example:

  • Use the intensive ability to commit to something that you learned in rehab to be successful in your business life.  If there is one thing that recovering addicts are very good at doing is committing.  They are able to say no to drugs and alcohol after they get out of rehab, so they should be able to say yes to career opportunities.
  • Use your respect for the unknown to be able to easily and simply be able to keep your eye out, and keep your ear low to the ground.  Succeeding in the business world has its risks, just like trying to beat addiction.  It all has its own basic risks.
  • Use your ability to network and seek help from others when times get tough in the job force.  You probably have a support network for helping you to maintain your recovery right?  Use this and use it well to get what you want out of work too.
  • Use your ability to help others that you learned in rehab to also give you the ability to help those who need it most in your workplace.  You will do better with it and you will feel better in the long run too.
  • Use your new work ethic and your new ability to work immensely hard that you probably got from going to rehab to essentially double and then triple your productivity at work, and allow you to achieve your dreams in the workplace.

All in all, living through work and recovery both is not always easy.  But the truth of matter is that a job can and often does make the other areas of life a whole heck of a lot easier.  Also, having a job really does promote recovery and sobriety so one is able to stay clean and sober and have a job too.

Can You Merge Recovery Goals with Business Goals

Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse, in general, is certainly a worrisome crisis issue and problem, to say the least.  This is without a doubt the single most worrisome and problematic crisis issue that the nation struggles with when it comes to health-related problems and concerns.  Drug and alcohol addiction has wreaked havoc on our country ever since day one, but ever since the turn of the century, the problem has been a lot more massive and a lot more concerning than it usually is.  The issues and crisis is a worry, to say the least, and has been an ongoing one.  If we all don’t come together and do something about the problem then it will surely only get worse long before it gets any better.

Though substance abuse is a serious crisis issue, to say the least, it is equally difficult for people when they have actually beaten their addictions.  Most people think that it is the times leading up to rehabilitation that is the hardest. I know for a fact that that is not necessarily true.  In fact, I am of the opinion that life after rehab is just as hard for a recovering addict as life before rehab was, at least for the first few years. Granted, it is a different kind of difficulty, but it is a tough time, to say the least.

When people come out of drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centers, they are suddenly faced with the task of actually staying sober and staying away from drugs and alcohol.  Not an easy thing to do by any means at all.  Of course, those who have gone to rehab may say, “But the guy just went to rehab. Shouldn’t he be able to stay away from drugs and alcohol thanks to everything he learned in rehab?”

There is some truth to this. Sure, a thirty-day or a sixty-day or even a ninety-day rehab will help a person quite bit in addressing their underlying issue and focusing on their different crisis problems. It will give them the ability to stop using drugs and alcohol at the very least while he or she is in rehab. However, a rehab center only scrapes the tip of the iceberg.

A rehab center is just the beginning. Look at it this way. How on earth can you expect a man (or a woman) who has been abusing drugs and alcohol for several years to suddenly be 100% cured after just a few weeks at a rehab center? Not only is it impossible, but it is actually laughable. No, it will take much more than that.

Why Business Goals Can Help in Recovery

When one beats addiction, one must absolutely immerse themselves into their business goals and into their other areas of life.  As I said it once before:

“Full immersions and dedication and 100% effort into a business or career will provide the fuel to the flames that will keep the cold snap of relapse from ever coming too close.”

I know from personal experience and from seeing it in hundreds of other recovering addicts that the key to a continuing recovery and the key to never turning back to drugs and alcohol was and is to completely dive into a business or career or new plan of some kind and go hell bent for weather after it.  This to me is one of the best if not the best ways to stay sober from drug and alcohol addiction once and for all and for good.

The key is to have goals. Business goals and recovery goals can align. A recovery goal that most recovering individuals set is to find success in some area, whether it is a business idea, a hobby, a passion, a good cause, or some personal plan or aspiration.  Engaging in absolute intensity in those goals is what promotes recovery and abstinence from drug and alcohol addiction. I cannot stress this enough.

To all who complete my rehabilitation programs at my recovery centers, I tell them to not rest on their laurels. I tell them to get out there and succeed!

Sobriety and Motherhood: Is it Alleviating or Attributing to Stress

Few have it as hard as mothers who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.  To add to it, a lot of people think that after a mother, or after anyone for that matter goes to rehab and completes it that life simply becomes easy and simple.  It does not.  Life after rehab is often just as hard as life before rehab.  True, one is no longer abusing drugs and alcohol, but now one has to deal with a lot of other problems and concerns that were not once there.  Mainly, one has to keep from abusing drugs and alcohol.  One has to keep from relapsing.  One has to keep from going back to his or her old habits and problem areas.

The threat of a relapse is one of those ever-present problem areas that a recovering addict is always faced with.  It’s just always there.  It’s an ongoing and every present problem that those who are going through recovery are always thinking with and that those who are going through recovery will probably always have to be thinking with for the rest of their lives.  There’s nothing wrong with that unless they fall prey and do relapse.

Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse, in general, is not a temporary affliction or a disease that comes and goes.  I do not believe in the, “Once an addict always an addict,” pessimistic nonsense, but I do believe that once one has become an addict, one can beat addiction permanently, but one always has to be cautious to a degree.  One always has to be mindful and watchful to ensure that a relapse does not occur.

Life After Rehab for The Average Mother

Mothers are some of the most difficult individuals to convince to go to rehab for their addictions in the first place.  “Oh, I just can’t leave my children for the time it would take to go to rehab.”  Honestly, though, how great of a mom is she being when she’s doing drugs on the side or abusing alcohol?  This is the point that needs to be gotten across to them, and most mothers eventually do get the idea.

Once they have completed rehab, mothers step back into their lives and begin taking care of their children.  What next?  Will life be easier or more difficult?  What of the future and what types of benefits or pitfalls that it holds?  Where is the future headed?

Mothers have it pretty hard in those first few months or even the first year after they beat addiction because a lot is expected of them and they often never really have the chance to, “ease back into it.”  For mothers, they need to be especially diligent to avoid a relapse.

Here is my advice to mothers to ensure that they don’t fall back on their old habits:

  • Make sure to make time for your recovery.  Absolutely start going to an aftercare program after you have completed rehab.  You need a place to go to be away from your children for a few hours every week where you can continue to work on your recovery.  An aftercare facility is just such a place, and your rehab center you went to for treatment should be able to help you find one.
  • Focus on your goals too.  Remember all those goals you made while you were in rehab?  Stick to them, follow them, and keep up with them.  Don’t let your goals be forgotten just because you have a lot of responsibilities to keep up with now as a mother.
  • Let your family be a reason to stay sober, not a reason to relapse.  Ensure that your family is not stressing you out, and if they are then they need to know it.  Make your family a bastion of safety and security that causes you to maintain your sobriety and your recovery.  Don’t let your family be something that causes you to relapse.

Mothers have it hard yes, but they can make it just like the rest of us.  The path to sobriety is available to us all.

Acceptance vs. Approval: How They Can Affect an Addict in Recovery

Drug and alcohol addiction has long-lasting consequences in a person that pushes and pushes and brings about loss after loss in a person to the point of that person necessitating help and assistance from others.  Substance abuse has the proclivity to create dangerous and in fact disastrous conditions in people.  Even after one achieves sobriety there is absolutely no guarantee of a lifetime of peaches and cream and easy streets.

Having suffered from addiction myself decades ago, I speak from first-hand experiences in this area.  My own substance abuse crisis nearly took me over, with problem after problem after problem rising up and creating, in fact, devastating issues for me.  Though I beat addiction, I have seen others who haven’t.  I have seen people who had years and years of sobriety crash and burn and suffer immensely.  It often does not take much.  The position of recovery is often not a stable one, and I feel the need to caution those in recovery who would seek out a life of danger and risk to stay your hand in your decisions and build your strength and your resilience before you take such risks.

One thing I have noticed is that one’s position in life and one’s relationships with others can absolutely make all of the difference when confronting the crisis that is drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general.  Perhaps one of the greatest factors in whether or not a person will make it in their life of recovery is whether or not he or she seeks out acceptance from people or approval.

Which Course of Action Should a Recovered Addict Take?

I have seen all too often recovering addicts trying their hardest to gain approval from others around them.  The problem is, when recovering addicts live in this way, they encourage the growth and the continuance of the stereotype of, “Recovering Addict.”  That is not a pleasant stereotype by any means at all.  I have seen recovering addicts beg and plead for the approval of their peers and seniors to the point of sheer propitiation.  It is not a fun thing to watch.  I have seen recovering addicts go so low in this quest for approval that they relapsed.

But why did they relapse?  An interesting thing occurs when someone degrades themselves to the level of needing approval from others.  In doing so one instantly degrades their own personal value.  In doing so, one automatically forfeits one’s own confidence in oneself.  In doing so, one automatically experiences the feelings of degradation and depravity that someone who abuses drugs and alcohol often feels.  This is by no means a safe or comfortable condition to be in.  In fact, it brings about relapse.

Because a person who is seeking the approval of others has a very low opinion of themselves, such a person will also have a tendency to be more at risk for relapse than someone who does not seek that approval.  Because of this, a deep-rooted desire to seek approval is actually a lot more dangerous than most people think it to be.

Better yet to strive to seek acceptance from people.  Acceptance means to simply get the people in your life to accept that you used to be a drug addict or an alcoholic, and then to move on.  Acceptance means getting those who you care about to not turn a blind eye to your past but to also not set expectations for you that are not real to you.  Acceptance is not an unachievable conquest, but it is still a challenge of sorts.

I urge you to strive for acceptance, not approval.  Once you cross a certain line and begin to desire and need the approval of others, you break into a realm that can itself bring about a relapse.  Steer clear from this mindset, and instead, work to achieve the acceptance of those whom you care about.

Why Some People Become Addicted and Others Don’t

In 2011, 22.5 million people in the U.S. admitted to abusing drugs, and many of those people become addicted eventually. In today’s day and age of rampant drug use, no person, family, neighborhood, or community is safe from the deadly grip of drug addiction.

Many people struggle to understand how or why people succumb to drug addiction. Most people mistakenly presume that those addicted to drugs lack willpower and moral principles, or that they can stop abusing drugs by simply making a conscious choice to change their behavior. The realities of drug addiction are far more complex. Drug addiction is a disease, and a person needs much more than strong will power in order to stop using drugs. Thanks to scientific advances, we now understand how drugs affect the brain, and that treatment can help people put their drug addictions behind them, allowing them to lead healthy and productive lives.

The Cost of Drug Addiction

Drug addiction has severe negative consequences for individuals and society as a whole. In fact, the total cost related to drug abuse and addiction exceeds $600 billion in the United States each and every year. This staggering figure includes:

  • $428 billion for alcohol and tobacco
  • $193 billion for illegal drugs

These numbers may be overwhelming, but they do not accurately portray the breadth of destruction and the safety implications associated with drug addiction. Every year, jobs are lost, families are torn apart, and abuse takes place at the hands of addiction.

What Is Drug Addiction?

Addiction forces people to compulsively seek out and use drugs, despite the severe consequences that are often experienced by those that are addicted and their families. Although most people voluntarily make the initial decision to use drugs, the changes in the brain that occur over time diminish the self-control of an addicted individual, making it difficult for them to resist the desire to take drugs.

Drugs contain harmful chemicals that affect the brain’s communication system and alter the way nerve cells typically process information. Scientists have discovered that there are two ways that this occurs: by over-stimulating the brain’s pleasurable “reward circuit” and by imitating the chemical messengers found naturally in the brain.

As a person’s drug abuse continues, their brain begins to adapt to the extreme dopamine surges it has become used to by producing less or reducing the amount of dopamine receptors. This results in a lessened impact of dopamine on the brain’s reward circuit, which lowers the person’s ability to enjoy the drugs and other things in life they once found pleasurable. This reduced level of dopamine makes an addicted individual feel the need to keep using drugs in order to restore their dopamine levels back to normal. Unfortunately, by now, larger and larger amounts of drugs are needed to achieve the same “high”.

Everyone Reacts Differently to the Drugs

There is no single variable that can determine whether or not a person will become addicted to drugs. However, the more risk factors that are present in a person’s life, the more likely they are to begin abusing drugs. The following risk factors play a prominent role in determining drug abuse and addiction:

  • Individual Biology – When combined with certain environmental influences, the genes that a person is born with account for nearly half of their vulnerability to addiction. A person’s ethnicity and gender as well as the presence of any mental disorders may also influence their risk of drug addiction.
  • Personal Development – The important developmental stages of a person’s life can affect their vulnerability to addiction as well. Drug abuse can lead to addiction at 21any age, but the earlier a person begins abusing drugs, the more likely it is that their drug abuse will transform into addiction. This is especially challenging for adolescents, because the parts of their brain that control judgment, decision making, and self-control are not yet fully developed. Adolescents are also more prone to experimenting with drugs and engaging in other risky behaviors.
  • Social Environment – From friends and family to quality of life and economic status, a person’s environment can also seriously influence their addictive behaviors and be a major factor in causing their drug addiction.

Thankfully, there are treatments available that can help people overcome their drug addictions and the disruptive effects that drugs have on their lives. Studies have shown that specialized behavioral therapy can help the majority of patients counter their addictions. Inpatient treatment programs are specifically tailored to each patient’s pattern of drug abuse, providing them with the specialized care they need to experience a sustained recovery and a drug-free life.  If you or a loved one has become addicted to a drug or to alcohol, take steps today to begin treatment and return to living a fulfilled lifestyle.

 

Understanding Why a Person Resorts to Drug Abuse

Most people know someone who has had issues with drug abuse. Without being in that situation yourself, it can be difficult to understand how a person could continue to use a substance that is ruining their life and hurting those around them. There is more to drug addiction than you may think. It starts off as a bit of fun, but a person becomes dependent on the drug as a result. This is what leads to serious problems.

What is Drug Addiction?

Drug abuse is more than just a simple desire for a substance. It turns into a physical dependency due to a formed brain disease. Drug addiction is considered a disease of the brain because it literally causes physical changes to the brain that impair its functionality. Most people begin using drugs voluntarily, but as a result of repeated use, they lose their ability to say no to the drug. They are plagued with impulses to use the drug at every waking moment, and it isn’t something that goes away on it’s own.

What Happens to the Brain?

The substances in drugs produce the pleasurable effects that drug abusers are accustomed to by manipulating elements of the brain. Drugs are basically chemicals that disrupt the way that nerve endings send, receive, and process information. The two methods that drugs are able to produce a desirable effect is by either triggering the brains pleasure sense in overdrive mode, or by disrupting the brain’s messengers.

Cocaine and heroin are good examples of drugs that imitate nerve endings in the brain. They fool neurotransmitters into sending messages that are out of whack, which the brain normally wouldn’t send. This can create hallucinations and slow motion effects for a person, which is a big reason that these drugs are popular.

Cocaine and meth are the drugs that shift the brains pleasure sense into high gear. This is why a user feesl like they are on top of the world and can do anything. The brain produces more dopamine, which is the drug that produces pleasure, than it is intended to do. This skyrockets a persons happiness for a brief period of time until the drug wears off, leaving a person feeling emotionally and physically drained.

Treatment

Due to the changes that have occurred in the brain, it becomes very difficult for a person to stop using drugs by themselves. This is why most people will choose to seek treatment since it is the only way to keep a person away from drugs while keeping them in a positive environment with people that can help and support their decision. These treatments come in two different forms — inpatient and outpatient treatment.

Inpatient treatment is the most efficient yet hardest choice. This is when a person goes and stays at a rehab facility 24/7 for as many as 30 days or more. They interact with other people who are trying to recover as well. By motivating one another, attending group therapy, and working in several other activities, the recovering addict is able to get their mind off their addiction and make a true recovery.

The other form of treatment is outpatient treatment. This form is different than inpatient treatment because it involves a person staying at home, but going to daily or weekly sessions to work on their drug abuse problem. While this form is not as efficient, it allows for a person to continue supporting their family and going on with their life. This method is not recommended as often as inpatient treatment because it leaves a lot of space for a person to have a lapse in judgement and use the substance again, but it can work in special situations.

Getting Someone Into Treatment

It’s not easy to convince someone to go into drug rehab, but there are some methods that you can use to help persuade them:

  • Show them how they are affecting the people around them, as well as themselves.
  • Give them an ultimatum to either get help or leave.
  • Offer them up to a few days to continue their normal life before leaving for treatment.
  • Show them how much you love and care about them.
  • Support them and don’t make them feel like a bad person, just that they are making bad choices.
  • Ask them if there is anything that you can do to help them out while they are in rehab.
  • Help them not feel guilty for leaving a child behind or missing work while they are recovering

Conclusion

Drug abuse is a serious problem that can damage a person mentally and physically, and can hinder their life in various ways. It’s important to get an abuser into treatment as soon as possible so that they can get on the road to recovery.

How to Take Back Your Life and Body From Drug Addiction

Overcoming drug addiction is never a simple or easy task. It takes lots of work, discipline and commitment. The threat of relapse is always around the corner and it is easy to give in when you are feeling weak, stressed, or things simply are not going your way. Recovery from drug addiction usually does not occur overnight. It is typically a long journey, and the journey can be arduous at times. But, with the right resources and support group drug addiction can be overcome. Drug addiction takes its toll on the body and spirit. It leaves you feeling emotionally and physically devastated. Drug use causes lots of damage to the body and mental health. The good news is the right support group, nutrition and exercise programs can help repair your body and get your life back.

How Drug Use Damages Your Body

Focusing on rehab and sobriety requires commitment, work and energy. People who have struggled with addiction and substance abuse know the toll it takes on their physical and emotional health. You can feel it and see it when you look in the mirror or when you look at old photos. Rehab provides an opportunity to begin repairing the damage. What kind of damage are we talking about? Different drugs cause different sorts of damage.  For example:

Marijuana – Damages include chronic cough and recurring bronchitis. It can impair short-term memory, judgment, coordination and balance. It may be a causal factor for individuals with a predisposition to schizophrenia. It is also associated with depression and anxiety.

Withdrawal symptoms include irritability, difficulty sleeping, nightmares and anxiety.

Cocaine – Cocaine abuse can cause damage to nasal passages, difficulty swallowing and gastrointestinal problems. It can also lead to insomnia. Long-term use can leas to anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks and mood disturbances.

Withdrawal symptoms include depression, fatigue, increased appetite, psychomotor retardation or agitation and hyper-insomnia.

Methamphetamine – Causes damage to essential organs such as the heart, lungs and liver. It can also lead to dental problems, insomnia and hepatitis. Other long-term damage includes memory loss, weight loss, impaired cognition, insomnia, paranoia and hallucinations.

Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, fatigue, and an increased craving for the drug

Heroin – Damages include collapsed veins, heart infections, abscesses, arthritis, hepatitis C and HIV.

Withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, goose bumps and leg movements.

Repairing the Body with Nutrition

Any type of drug addiction may lead to nutritional deficiencies. Someone immersed in the powers of addiction usually puts eating and dietary needs low on the list of priorities. Poor nutrition is the leading cause of many types of illnesses and disease.

Healing the body has to take place gradually. Begin with small steps so that you do not freak your body out with big changes. Doing too much too fast may be too overwhelming for a body damaged from drug addiction. Taking baby steps will have more staying power in the long run as well.

A good rule of thumb is to eat foods low in fat. Include a diet of lean protein to help rebuild your muscles. Also include plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Recovering addicts are not all the same. It is best to work closely in sync with your doctor and nutritionist and find the best nutrition program that suits your needs.

Repairing Your Body With Exercise

Exercise is the other part of the equation. A healthy diet and regular exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle in general, but it is particularly important for a recovering addict to rebuild her physical and emotional health. As with nutrition, it is important to start out gradually and take baby steps with exercise. One of the best types of exercise is a daily walk. Do what you can without tiring yourself out. The goal is to shoot for 20 to 30 minutes four to five days a week. Start slow and gradually increase the length of your walks

Once you feel your health beginning to rebound, consider going to the gym and working with a trainer. A professional trainer will create a physical training exercise suited to your needs and abilities. A good routine will include exercises cardiovascular exercises and strength building exercises for your muscles.

The body and mind are intimately related. Rebuilding your body through physical exercise will also help to rebuild your emotional and mental health. Feeling better physically and emotionally reduces the risk of relapsing. Good physical and mental health is the best foundation for maintaining a healthy drug-free lifestyle.

 

Rehab Information: The Basics

Although there is now widespread knowledge about the danger of using and abusing drugs, drug addiction is still a profound problem. Nevertheless, solutions exist. As known by many drug addiction professionals such as myself, the most effective solution for the abuse of illicit substances is the attainment of inpatient recovery services. To get more information about drug addiction and recovery services, review this brief guide:

Drug Addiction: A Brief Overview

Drug addiction is a profound problem in the contemporary world. This fact becomes plain upon consideration of statistics about the matter. For example, the Florida State of Technology reports that over 90% of today’s teenagers have tried alcohol. Additionally, more than 50% have experimented with marijuana. It’s also important to note that 17% of teenagers have tried cocaine.

The Debilitating Effects Of Drug Abuse

As many drug addiction experts know, drug abuse can have a plethora of debilitating effects on the user. In addition to comprising work performance and school grades, the consistent abuse of drugs can alienate the user from her or his family members. Another debilitating effect of drug abuse is the onset of an increasingly dangerous lifestyle. This process transpires as the drug addict becomes willing to engage in illegal behaviors to obtain drugs. Drug abuse can also lead to the addict developing relationships with people who live outside the boundaries of the law, such as drug dealers.

The Power Of Rehabilitation Services

Drug addicts who are ready to escape the painful past of substance addiction should know that attaining professional rehabilitation services is the perfect solution. There are numerous recovery services that rehabilitation facilities can offer, including one on one counseling, group counseling, nutritional counseling, and restorative physical activity.

What Should You Look For In An Inpatient Recovery Facility?

If you’re serious about finding the ideal rehabilitation facility, it’s important to know that there are several attributes you should look for in the inpatient treatment facility. Some of them include:

  •  patient-centered services
  •  a holistic approach
  •  an established reputation
  •  a good Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating
  •  detail-oriented care

It’s also important to note that many inpatient treatment facilities provide clients with mentors who will help them develop success strategies to accelerate the recovery process.

Conclusion

Although grappling with addiction to drugs or alcohol can be a challenging endeavor, it’s important to know that you don’t have to deal with the problem by yourself. In fact, you can access cutting edge, customized rehabilitation services that provide you with the assistance necessary to recover fully and embrace a productive, fulfilling future. If you or someone you love is currently addicted to alcohol, I encourage you to  consult with a trained professional to obtain the diagnosis and treatment services necessary for recovery.

How to Choose the Best Drug Abuse Treatment Program

When it comes to drug abuse and addiction, I believe the only answer for real recovery is attending a rehab treatment program. There are several things that you should consider and ask yourself before choosing a drug abuse treatment program:

1. Where do you want to attend treatment?

Many people think that drug and alcohol abuse treatment needs to take place in the city or area that is your home. This is not necessarily true, and actually, many people prefer going outside of town for treatment because it offers them more privacy.

2. Do you prefer outpatient or inpatient treatment?

There are two main types of addiction treatment. First, inpatient treatment has the patients staying full-time on the facility’s campus. Outpatient treatment has patients attend a rehab facility 1 to 3 times per day for most of the days of the week. Outpatient treatment may be beneficial for some individuals, but keep in mind that inpatient treatment has the best success rates of any type of treatment.

3. How long do you want to attend treatment?

You should also consider how long you want to be in treatment. This decision may not be all up to you. For example, your counselor, therapist or a judge may end up deciding your treatment term. Generally speaking, there are two term lengths of treatment to choose from. First, There is short-term treatment, which lasts between two and eight weeks. Next, there is long-term treatment, which lasts between two and six months.

4. Do you prefer a religious or spiritual element to your treatment?

For many individuals, addiction treatment is just as much a spiritual journey as it is in physical and mental journey. If you belong to a particular religious group or spiritual group, you may prefer to have this element involved in your therapy. There are therapy programs for almost all types of spirituality.

5. Would you like a holistic approach to your treatment?

You can also choose to recover from drug abuse and addiction in a holistic manner. This means that instead of simply using cognitive behavioral therapy in group and individual sessions to treat your addiction, you will also aim to treat your body and spirit. By focusing on all of the mind, body and spirit, you are recovering as a whole individual. This approach to addiction treatment may include classes in yoga, Pilates, meditation, nutrition, music therapy or animal therapy. You may be able to get a nutritional counseling for personalized physical fitness training as well.

6. How will you pay for your treatment?

Finally, you must consider how you are going to pay for your treatment. In many cases, insurance companies will cover the cost of addiction treatment, but this is not true for everyone’s plan, so you will need to speak with your insurance provider to be sure. If insurance will not cover your treatment, you may consider using your savings or getting a personal or bank loan.

Throughout my years in the addiction treatment industry, I have seen some of the most amazing recovery stories unfold right before my eyes.  These dedicated and determined individuals are proof that if you want something badly enough, you can achieve your goals.

Don’t Gamble With Your Addiction

According to the National Gambling Impact Study, more than 125 million Americans gamble at least one time each year. For some it may be purchasing a lottery ticket, while for others it may be playing a slot machine in a Las Vegas casino. While most of the time these forms of gambling are harmless, for some people gambling has become an addiction rather than a mere game of chance. For those who find themselves addicted to gambling, I’d like to tell you about the many inpatient treatment programs available for gambling addiction treatment.

The Cold, Hard Facts

While gambling is sometimes looked upon by some as not a true addiction, the damage it inflicts on the lives of those with the addiction and their families says otherwise. For example, recent studies conducted by the National Institute of Health showed that over 2.5 million Americans are considered to be compulsive gamblers, with another 3 million categorized as problems gamblers and still another 15 million considered to be at risk of becoming problem or compulsive gamblers. Within the United States, more than $500 million is spent annually on various types of wagers, with 80 percent of adults admitting to gambling at least once in their lives. While the effects of gambling addiction take their toll on the addict, their families and friends also suffer. The NIH reports that families containing a gambling addict are much more likely to suffer from domestic violence and depression, while the children of gambling addicts have been found to suffer from such mental health issues as stress, depression, and eating disorders.

Benefits of Inpatient Treatment

For gambling addicts to truly recover from their addiction, the gambling addiction treatment program they choose must not only get their gambling addiction under control, but also examine the underlying problems that led to the addiction. In many cases, a gambling addict also has problems with drug and alcohol abuse. In some instances, they may also suffer from mood disorders, depression, and anti-social personality disorder. Therefore, a multi-pronged treatment program is used to help addicts overcome their problem. With many people, cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to change the gambler’s thinking, replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. And like drug and alcohol treatment, which many of these addicts undergo simultaneously, support groups as well as individual and group counseling are used to overcome the addiction. According to most experts, a compulsive gambler can never again be a normal gambler, so it’s imperative all underlying problems be addressed in order to eliminate the gambling problem.

Seeking Help

Because they often have a stigma of weakness attached to them, gambling addictions often go untreated due to many people failing to come forward with their problem. However, for those who do, they and their families quickly find it is a decision they never regret. If you or someone you know suffers from a gambling addiction, I advise you that the best time to seek help is now. Inpatient treatment combining many different types of programs can be extremely effective, helping to end the cycle of misery.