My story isn’t special. My story isn’t unique. Unfortunately, my story is a common one. And today, I consider myself lucky to be able to share my story—to even have a story. You see, part of my story is my brother’s story, which is a story that is only told through mine because it ended with his death on April 22, 2012 from a prescription drug overdose. Ironically, the end of my brother’s story was just the beginning of mine.
Discussing the sober truth of alcohol, recovery, and aftercare monitoring
The addiction and recovery landscape is, to say the very least, emotionally charged. Everyone has their own story and thus has the right to a unique recovery journey. And while we may take different paths in recovery, there are a few tenets that should be universal staples. Forgiveness is one of them.
It can be easy for us to lose sight of the little things when we get bogged down in the day-to-day. But if we take a few minutes to appreciate some of the good things that are happening in the world, we can adjust our perspective and have a happier outlook.
Here are 7 things that made us happy this week:
1. Start with getting yourself to feel better physically. And the quickest way to do that is to look at what you’re eating. Read about 10 Foods that are scientifically proven to make you feel happy.
Self-Affirmation (n): the recognition and assertion of the existence of value of one’s individual self. During recovery, your mental health is equally as important as your physical health. Practicing activities like mindfulness and daily self-affirmations can boost confidence, calm nerves, and develop mental strength. Positive self-affirmations have been scientifically proven to reduce the stress of external threats and improve performance.
When the end of December and the holidays comes around, people start thinking about changes they want to make in the new year. For some, these changes include a New Year’s Resolution to quit drinking. A wise goal, it seems, but one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Ever go to the gym in January and notice how crowded it is all of a sudden? By February, or March at the latest, it’s back to normal. Why is that? Because New Year’s resolutions don’t stick. According to Forbes.com, only 8% of Americans who make resolutions each year actually achieve them.
As the days get shorter, alcohol consumption also goes up, as does binge drinking and drinking and driving. You can blame the crappy weather, but the holidays are the real culprit. While the media portrays them as the “most wonderful time of the year,” the winter season leads many people to feel anxious and alone. This can be especially true for the dependent drinker who is working on recovery.
Like I said last week, no one turns around one day and is suddenly an alcoholic. Alcoholism is progressive, the speed of progression is different for each individual, and some fall deeper into the addiction before deciding to get help. This blog will look at the mid and late stages of alcoholism.
One of the riskiest times for a person in recovery is immediately after he leaves treatment. In treatment, systems are in place to prohibit drinking. Without these restrictions, temptation can rear its head and preventing relapse can be difficult.
One commonly heard phrase in the treatment community is “Relapse is a part of recovery.” In fact, hearing it often starts a debate between counselors as to the veracity of the statement. While a relapse is certainly not inevitable – and some individuals do give up alcohol for good on the first attempt – it is usually not the case.
1. Establish a clear goal. What is the outcome? In the initial phases of setting up a monitoring plan, all the standard analysis and counseling should take place and goals should be set based on the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. The goals should be established in a collaborative environment or at least mutually agreed upon by both parties.