According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of ‘alcohol use disorder’ or AUD. AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.” The NIAAA reports that approximately 16 million American adults have Alcohol Use Disorder.
Divorce and custody disputes are traumatic no matter what. Even the most amicable of relationships can be fraught with frustration and a period of adjustment that can affect the family. Adding a party who struggles with alcoholism only exacerbates the problem. Sometimes, what is worse is having one parent accuse the other of alcohol abuse without cause. These allegations can make it very difficult for parents to work together and trust each other in raising their children.
Maintaining a sober life is never easy but fostering personal accountability can be the key to helping people make wise decisions. No program can be successful if the person isn’t on board, so engaging personal accountability is key to ongoing recovery. What is personal accountability? Accountability isn’t just about sticking to the plan; it’s about understanding the rules of the plan and realizing how each life-decision helps or hurts the people involved in the plan.
Even on the best days, sobriety is a journey. Sometimes, though, people in recovery have to struggle through the day or even the hour. The key to getting through these tough periods is not to pretend they won’t happen—because they will. Instead, it’s better to anticipate challenges before they start and come up with a plan or two. Spending time mapping out common triggers (people, places, times of year) is also a great way to gain deeper insight into what drives your urge to drink or use. Use these seven steps to help you stay ahead when the road gets bumpy in recovery.
“Positive tests should result in immediate punishment.”
Positive tests are defined as a series of submitted tests that indicate alcohol consumption. But as serious as a positive test result may be, leading with punishment is often not the best path. In fact, the most beneficial response may be an assessment followed by an adjustment to treatment or care.