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Drug treatment: Relapse and prevention
When someone who has faced illicit drug addiction is first able to make a substantial recovery, this can be a cause for celebration. Friends and family should congratulate the person as he or she could have a much improved self-image and outlook. Yet, though such reactions are natural and should be encouraged, it is also important to remain levelheaded at this time. The reality is that while not every patient will experience relapse, many will; and it is critical to know how to prevent the temptation to abuse drugs again in the future.
Stress is quite inevitable and everybody goes through it in his or her life at one point or the other. How such stressors are dealt with is the key – whether it is related to work, family, money or any other pressing issues. Those with a past of drug addiction could reach a point where using again could be quite tempting as a means of coping with less than ideal circumstances. He or she will instead need to work toward real, genuine solutions to solving such problems.
Substance abuse is essentially a way of sweeping troubles under the rug temporarily, which would of course still be there. Drugs merely distort reality temporarily and do not change it in any profound ways. Controlled substances most often only exacerbate such problem over lengths of time by simply creating another complication for the person to deal with, such as in cases of dependence.
There is also the undeniable danger of trading one addiction for another. Perhaps a former drug user attempts to justify switching to alcohol, as it is legally acceptable for adults to consume. Yet, his addictive personality could mean that the person eventually progresses to becoming an alcoholic instead. The individual could even come to prefer alcohol as a substance of choice, as it is readily available for legal sale and does not require waiting great lengths of time for a drug dealer to supply them. Clearly, the dangers to health and wellbeing will still be present, meaning proper treatment could well be required yet again.
Hobbies unrelated to drugs
Hard drugs can consume a person’s life, such as in the repeated cycle of obtaining and being under the influence. A new, healthier hobby can prove useful in such cases. This can allow the person a chance to find more useful and enriching use of his time, such as being involved in volunteer work. Exercise and proper diet have also proven helpful for many patients, allowing them to feel that they are bettering themselves physically instead of harming themselves.
Avoiding past friends or situations where substance abuse is common will be essential, according to Recovery.org. Even though popular music is often stereotyped as being associated with substance abuse, there are still music events where this is not necessarily emphasized at all, such as at many all ages shows.
Those seeking long-term sobriety could possibly benefit from numerous support group options. The most well-known of these is Narcotics Anonymous, an offshoot that followed later on from Alcoholics Anonymous, intended specifically for former substance abusers in recovery. Though the organization seeks to be inclusive by referring to a “higher power” as opposed to any particular religious belief, some could still prefer another option. There is also SMART Recovery, a support group where participants learn the tools of recovery based on science and self-improvement, with no references to such personal beliefs.
No matter what a person chooses, the fact remains that he or she will be able to connect with others who are also struggling with past drug abuse and perhaps gain powerful advice in the process. The Long Beach Treatment Rehab Center is available 24/7 to help you through the stressful process of finding the right rehabilitation center and guide you to the treatment that best suits your needs. If you or a loved one is battling addiction and seeking recovery, call us for further queries at 562-846-1995.