“Relapse is a part of recovery.” We’ve all heard it. But is it true? While you could interpret this phrase to mean that relapse is unavoidable, that is not the context in which it is meant. Darryl S. Inaba explains it well in his book Uppers, Downers and All-Arounders: “Relapse must be accepted but not excused in recovery.” In other words, if a person in recovery does relapse, he should be treated with compassion, not shame, but the event should be processed thoroughly to determine the cause and prevent it from happening again.
Discussing the sober truth of alcohol, recovery, and aftercare monitoring
Alcohol monitoring and customized care options are changing the way we approach and view addiction treatment. The treatment industry and its methods have remained largely unchanged for nearly 50 years. But with the reclassification of addiction as a chronic disease, there’s been a shift in the treatment model. This shift has leaned away from acute and episodic care, and toward treating addiction with ongoing care.
Mobile alcohol monitoring and innovative recovery programs are changing the landscape of traditional recovery. The treatment industry and its methods have remained largely unchanged for nearly 50 years. While sobriety monitoring isn’t a new concept, truly modern options can be hard to come by. Monitoring is used in industries including high-risk professional fields, addiction treatment, and criminal justice.
How mobile alcohol monitoring and continued care are working together to strengthen the recovery process and help patients build structure. The Edgewood Health Network (EHN), with treatment centers and clinics across Canada and the US, assists those looking to embrace sobriety and recover from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
How mobile technology is saving careers—and lives—for professionals overcoming alcohol dependency. Professionals in industries like medicine, law enforcement, and aviation have significant obligations to their clients and the general public. Professional boards and state-licensing agencies recognize this responsibility and monitor licensees who’ve had problems with substance abuse. To support individuals working to maintain their sobriety, Dr. Greg Skipper and his team at Promises Treatment Centers offer medical assistance, counseling, and long-term monitoring of patient progress.
Child custody cases are contentious affairs almost by default; it’s simply the nature of the beast. However, an already difficult custody case can quickly become a train wreck when the specter of alcohol abuse rears its head. The pressure of the case alone can feed alcoholism: stress leads to alcohol abuse, which complicates the case, which leads to more stress and more battles with alcohol in a vicious cycle that can quickly spiral out of control.
One of the most important lessons taught in treatment centers is accountability. To maintain long-term sobriety, clients need to be pushed to be responsible for their own recovery. Products like Soberlink are making it easier and more convenient for them to take ownership of their behaviors.
Well, for starters, that word accountability sounds like a lot of work. Like ugh. If I am accountable I’m going to have to own all of my terrible, destructive behavior and change who I am. Which is all really hard and a drag in some ways but absolutely necessary. So accountability means owning my past, owning behavior and trying to clean it all up the best I can on a daily basis.
Entering treatment and realizing you have the opportunity to regain control of your life is exciting. But once the initial withdrawal period has passed and the excitement has died down, recovering alcoholics can begin feeling disenchanted. They took the steps to stop drinking, but they’re lives aren’t instantly perfect as a result. That’s when the depression, irritability, mental confusion and general malaise set in. It’s not a failure in treatment, it’s not a relapse, it’s PAWS.
By definition, a myth is a widely held but false belief or idea. In the world of alcoholism and treatment, myths are dangerous because they can be determining factors in life and death situations. Be honest, how many of the following myths did you take for fact?
1. The Only Way to Get Better is to Hit “Rock Bottom”
This myth allows alcoholics at any stage in their disease to rationalize their drinking. While some alcoholics do lose everything before they decide to seek treatment, people should and do seek help before they reach this point. You can seek help at any stage in your drinking – whether it’s the first time you binge drink or you’ve been drinking habitually for 25 years. There’s no line you have to cross before it becomes “bad enough”. You can and should seek treatment the moment you feel you need help.