Tip #1: Prescription pills can easily be a sobriety “trap”
Just because pills are prescribed by a doctor and administered by a pharmacy, it doesn’t mean they are safe for everyone. As prescription numbers continue to rise, the chance for prescription drug abuse rises as well.
Tip #2 – Don’t misunderstand the power of Detox?
If an alcoholic stops drinking suddenly it is very dangerous. Most people don’t understand that alcohol withdrawal is typically more harmful that drug withdrawal.
Everyday “heavy” drinkers need a detox. Detoxification is a process to manage withdrawal complications and pain. The goal is to minimize harm. The formal definition: Detox is the medically supervised process to prevent life-threatening problems that appear, if the alcoholic or addict was left untreated.
Tip #3 and #4
- A strong support group, new friends and a healthy lifestyle will help you during a recovery process.
- Don’t feel alone. You can always reach out to others if you feel overwhelmed.
Tip #5 – Embrace Social media. There are tons of online groups.
There are lots of online groups, but you can get started by looking at my pages:
Facebook – Everyone’s favorite social media site. I have a minimalist approach here. If you choose to like my page, feel confident that I will not clog up your news feed.
Pinterest – A visual social media site. My account has over a dozen boards that show infographics on subjects like addiction, recovery and sobriety. When you open up a board there will be “pins” you can click on. Each pin has additional information and a link to a website.
Instagram – This is pure fun. I love my collection of photos here. Our small family has an RV and we travel through many states. Along the way we stop in many small towns. I am constantly finding inspiration and posting pics of our adventures.
Twitter – I consider this my “micro” blog. I post often (several times a day). I have lots of followers and I always follow back.
Tumblr – This is my combination account. You will find short posts, videos and photos on this stream. I provide an update about once or twice a week.
Periscope – This is a site that broadcasts live video stream. My account here is the same as my Twitter – 800RecoveryHub. I don’t stream any video, I simply subscribe to other accounts.
SnapChat – I am just starting to figure this out. I have an account. I follow other people and if you want to follow me, just click the link here. This is has been a fun learning journey.
I write this blog for fun and for free but you can always call my company number at 800-673-5950 — we can walk you through the insurance sign up and rehab process. You can also send me a personal email at: Victoria@llc.com
Remember that recovery is a challenge even for a motivated participant. The process can be more complex for someone who doesn’t want to change and was forced in to rehab by the courts or intervention.
Bonus Tip: Do you have a loved one in Rehab? Don’t be surprised.
A. If they want out. They may promise you “the world” to get out of rehab.
B. If they lie about the conditions of their rehab. It’s very common for the patient to say the facility is worse than a homeless shelter. In reality, the place is probably very nice. It’s just that your loved one wants to check out and “use” their drug of choice.
C. If they relapse. Rehab is not jail and it’s possible to use substances while in rehab. That is why patients are drug tested in rehab. Patients have visitors, attend outside functions and have a host of ways to use. But they will be caught and they will be held accountable. The professionals at the rehab, will turn this into a learning experience.
I found this helpful (any unique) tip over at The River Source Blog.
Any drug or alcohol addiction is most likely going to cause nutritional deficiencies. Either the addict eats too little or too much, depending on the drug of choice. They probably also have poor eating habits in general, such as binging on food late at night or consuming mostly fast and processed foods.
Chronic alcoholism is also a direct cause of a B-12 deficiency. The gastrointestinal problems that are associated with alcoholism make it difficult for the body to absorb B-12 and other important B vitamins.
In addition to the deficiency, alcoholics may also become anemic because of the lack of B-12 in the blood. They can also suffer from peripheral neuropathy, which is why some serious addicts will experience nerve damage that results in tingling and numbness in the arms and legs.
Vitamin B-12 shots are most effective when they are combined with other naturopathic treatment measures such as acupuncture, infrared sauna treatments and nutritional counseling. The purpose of these shots is to treat the deficiency so that recovering addicts are no longer lacking in it. They feel better and more restored, giving them the energy and focus needed to succeed in recovery.
B-12 shots aren’t needed forever. Once there are enough B vitamins in the blood, patients can continue in good health by eating a diet that includes lean meats and low-fat dairy products and/or by taking a multivitamin. It can take a very long time to restore and replenish lost vitamins and nutrients through food alone, which is why vitamin therapy can give recovering addicts the boost they need sooner.
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Might want to recommend that, while social media may be fun, actually knowing another recovering person, face to face, is much more important. Social media gives the notion of progress while the addict is able to hide their true nature in the ether. In other words, they won’t really get better with a lot of “likes”. It actually takes real human contact to break down the addict’s behavior honestly.
Just a suggestion. I may be wrong, I recovered the old-timer way. 😉
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My husband and I go to an embarrassing amount of meetings – considering we have a combined 47 years sober – so I agree there is no substitute for real people.
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My wife and I are at 46. 😉
I think online recovery is ideal if you don’t accept the philosophy of AA/NA or want to go to face to face meetings maybe because you have fears about being seen at a recovery group for alcoholics or addicts. You could create an anonymous username online and no one would know who you were. I think you do need face to face as well but that can come later after a relationship has been built up. You’re right about the unwillingness of the addict to stay in rehab – I was very unwilling in fact has no intention of getting clean just wanted a 3 month break from my using. However receiving feedback from my peers in rehab about the insane and life-threatening things I’d got up to in my addiction, which I thought were no big deal, convinced me that I wanted to get clean. 11 years later I’ve never picked up alcohol or drugs since I first went into rehab.
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I’m glad you talked about the importance of a safe, supervised detox from alcohol. I found out after I was in rehab (and had my own supervised detox) that a cousin of mine died from doing a solo detox. The family kept it kind of quiet–another problem entirely, since I also didn’t until I was in recovery that my paternal grandmother drank herself to death.
Several years before entering rehab, I detoxed myself, and it was miserable. I felt like I had the flu and the worst stomach virus ever. After I did that and racked up about two weeks sober, I went back to drinking and was too afraid to detox again alone. Of course, that didn’t mean I was ready to get sober.
If you’re reading this and you want to quit drinking, please go to your doctor. I’m not advocating rehab because I don’t think it’s for everyone, nor does AA work for everyone…but at the minimum, be kind to yourself and let professionals supervise you as you remove alcohol from your system. It really can be a matter of life or death.
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Those are some good tips! I quit alcohol going on 3 years now. It’s uncomfortable some days, but nothing too awful… I don’t like that it doesn’t go away but the effects of smoking did. Now I’m a health freak. What a transformation too 🙂
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I wish there was rehab for/from dysfunction….
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There might be. I would need to know a little more information. You can email be privately at Victoria@800llc.com.
Great stuff. 🙂