Carolina Counseling Services - Staying Clean or Sober for Good: How it Can Be Possible
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Staying Clean or Sober for Good: How it Can Be Possible
Even though addiction is a chronic condition, you can successfully counter its disruptive effects on your health, relationships and life. If you are gripped by the addictive effects of a substance, making the decision and the commitment to go through rehabilitation is a major accomplishment. Though this initial step is important, the further challenge can lie in not relapsing; and learning to live free from chemical substances and experiencing a life of sobriety.
Medically-assisted detoxification and rehabilitation can be significant steps in pursuit of a clean and sober life. It will likely take more than a strong will, you may need professional help to avoid relapse, to stabilize the potent effects of the addictive substance on the brain and behavior, and to reclaim your life. How do you protect yourself against relapse? Who can help avoid this possibility?
The Challenge Known as Relapse
According to the Summit Behavioral Health “An alcohol or drug relapse is the recurrence of any disease that has gone into remission or recovery. As a chronic disease, addiction is subject to periods of relapse. During the recovery process, you may become exposed to certain triggers and other risk factors that increase your risk of returning to substance abuse.” Relapse can be a major challenge that obstructs your recovery path from addiction.
The recovery after rehabilitation from a substance can have many hurdles, realizations, setbacks, moments of self-awareness, and victories; and is usually not characterized as a straight, uninterrupted line. It can be challenging and you may experience many “ups and downs.” There could be instances when you may backslide, and you could feel the initial advances you have gained during your rehabilitation are lessened. Also, you may have moments of weakness, and succumb to temptations presented by the same people or situations that brought you to substance abuse. The risk for relapse can be present, and can cause many substance abusers to go through treatment again and again.
According to Psychology Today, “approximately half of all individuals who try to get sober return to heavy use, with 70 to 90 percent experiencing at least one mild to moderate slip.” The Journal of the American Medical Association says, “staying clean or sober is difficult especially for some drugs, like heroin.” In other words, just wanting to be sober or submitting to a medically-assisted detox program may not be enough to address your addiction. The more difficult, yet successful approach to prevent relapse, can be behavior and lifestyle change.
The Science Behind Why People Fail
Relapse doesn’t happen because you are weak or undisciplined. Scientific studies show that the brains of those people addicted to a substance may be susceptible in a way that’s different from a non-addicted person’s brain. Some people can yield more easily to using a given substance. According to psychologist Charlotte Boettiger, lead author of a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, “addiction is a disease, not a character flaw.”
Their study reveals that staying clean or sober for good is difficult. Subjects who have a history of alcoholism have increased activity in a part of the brain which involves evaluating rewards and not as much activity in the brain’s decision-making and judgment processes. The authors surmise that these variations could indicate a diminished ability to process the consequences of their decisions. This is one of the reasons why relapses are common.
Thus, it is inaccurate to say that relapse is a “failed effort,” in confronting addiction. With the high percentage of relapse, many experts believe that it should be viewed as a “part of recovery.” This means that during the process of recovery, there is the chance that you can slip. Although a common occurrence, relapse does not have to be inevitable. By adhering to the steps of relapse prevention and by promptly taking action when signs of it appear, you can diminish the intensity of the symptoms.
Facing the Possibility of Relapse in the Future
Though relapse isn’t certain, the statistics show that many people can succumb to it. It is equally important to understand that, though, the chance of relapse tends to be higher immediately after rehabilitation; the risk may never completely leave you after you have stopped using the substance that was the source of your addiction. This is a reason why recovery is said to be “a lifelong healing process” or that “staying clean and sober” could mean a lifetime of prevention and healing.
After going through a rehabilitation program and while on your journey of recovery, there can be a tendency to underestimate the chances of relapse. You may think that you can decrease it yourself. Since relapse can be considered part of the recovery process, this means you may be able to recognize its affects and not dismiss them. It can help to seek out people who genuinely care for you, but the best person to seek help from could be an experienced counselor or therapist.
Rather than blame yourself or feel helpless after relapsing, let it be a reminder that you may need to re-examine your strategy, or change it. Whatever way you have embraced to avoid the temptations of the substance you may have been addicted to, an aftercare program or the addition of counseling can be a more effective strategy.
Preventing Relapse with Counseling
Counseling can be a core aspect of successful substance abuse treatment to remain clean of chemicals and to live a life of sobriety. As there may be a need to modify your lifestyle, cognitive behavioral therapy is often utilized as a treatment that may be combined with other methods. Family and/or marriage counseling can also be used to generate meaningful support from your loved ones, which can come from understanding your condition and your difficulties. And because the possibility of relapse is an ongoing challenge, since it is a chronic disorder, “maintenance therapy or counseling” could be your first line of defense against it.
According to Web MD, “counseling is particularly important to stay clean or sober when the addiction is severe or the substance being abused has a high risk for relapse, such as opioid addiction. Counseling can also be helpful when you are surrounded by environmental stimuli for substance abuse.” If you feel you don’t know what to do about the possibility of addiction relapse and how to face its intricacies, you can confront this with the help of a counselor. You need not travel far, because there is one nearby who may be the right fit for you. You can find a skilled and experienced counselor from those independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – Fayetteville, NC.
If you do relapse, don’t blame yourself or give up; and don’t dwell on the past or other relapses. Don’t feel helpless because your strategies might not be working. These kinds of feelings can be unproductive and are not a sign of weakness. To move forward toward recovery and to prevent relapse, your best strategy can be counseling. The therapists and counselors independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – Fayetteville, NC can help. Call today to make an appointment!
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Evening and Weekend Appts Available with specific therapists
Evening and Weekend appointments: We have therapists available for appointments from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday. Some therapists have Saturday appointments available if requested.
Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services
Counties: Cumberland, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson, and Robeson Counties, NC
Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Hope Mills NC, Raeford NC, Rockfish NC, Silver City NC, Cedar Creek NC, Bowmore NC, Autryville NC, Parkton NC, Dundarrach NC, Broadway NC, Lumber Bridge NC, Rex NC, Eastover NC, Stedman NC
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