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14 dec

Rehab: A Matter of Attitude

RobertCordrayIn the U.S., one in every 12 adults suffers from alcohol dependency. In addition to that, tens of millions of Americans suffer from addictions to illegal drugs, prescription medication, and even over-the-counter chemical substances. Alcohol claims approximately 2.5 million lives every year worldwide, while illegal drug-use results in about 200,000 additional deaths around the planet in the same amount of time.

There’s no way around it—chemical dependency is a very real danger. However, there are steps that addicts can take to try to get their lives back on track. One of those steps involves enrolling in a drug rehabilitation clinic.

Drug rehab clinics provide intensely structured routines, safe and soothing environments, and personal therapy, in the hopes of helping chemically dependant individuals overcome their addictions. But are these centers really the shining beacons of hope that they’re supposed to be, or are they just revolving-door resorts that offer no real results?

It’s a question worth investigating. After all, when one sees drug-addicted celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan ducking into rehab clinics on an almost monthly basis just to keep from having to serve jail time, it tends to tarnish the overall reputation of the establishments themselves.

The answer, however, is not a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ For one thing, every addict is a unique individual, with unique dependencies and triggers. What works for treating one person may have absolutely no effect on another. With that in mind, it becomes important to recognize that no treatment is 100% effective when dealing with addiction. And the fact is that many who enter rehab come out of it no better off than they were at the beginning. So, what is the deciding factor in whether or not a rehabilitation program will be successful?

Well, those who’ve managed to defeat their chemical addictions will tell you that it all comes down to one hard-to-master point: attitude.

Rehabilitation will only work for those who are serious and determined enough to do their part. Those who enter rehab unwillingly, or who go through the motions but secretly scoff at the procedures, will simply find that their addictions are waiting for them on the outside. At the same time, there are those who enter rehab with a desire to make a real change in their lives, only to get discouraged and give up on the program when things get hard. It is the will to conquer and the determination to reach a difficult goal that makes all the difference in drug rehab. For those who are willing to give it all that they’ve got, drug rehabilitation really does work.

If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, consider one of the country’s fine rehabilitation clinics. Do some online research, read about the personal experiences of others who have fought their dependencies and won. Take control of your life, make a commitment, and kick your habit before it destroys everything you care about. After all, the only thing standing between you and freedom is a choice. Choose to confront your problems head on, and choose to do so with the right attitude. The road may turn out to be difficult, but when you come to the end of it and look back on all that you’ve accomplished, and you gaze forward towards the years of freedom stretching out before you, you’ll be thankful that you chose to walk it. Because, when it comes to overcoming addiction, rehab is the best way to go—as long as you have the right attitude.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on December 14th, 2013 in Health, New Directions | No comments Read related posts in ,

13 jun

Addiction Stages of Change

RobertCordrayChanging any behavior doesn’t happen overnight, and drug addiction is certainly no exception. On the road to change, people tend to go through several different stages, and the length of time spent in each of these stages varies for everyone.

The Stages of Change Model was first developed in the late 1970’s by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente at the University of Rhode Island. It describes five stages of readiness and provides a framework to better understand the change process. Success in recovery from addiction hinges upon interventions tailored to match a person’s readiness for change and their ability to effectively move through each of the five stages. Interventions that do not match the person’s readiness are more likely to damage rapport, create resistance and impede change.

The cognitive and behavioral stages of change are:

  1. Pre-Contemplative
  2. Contemplation
  3. Preparation
  4. Action
  5. Maintenance
  6. Relapse (not a part of change, but commonly occurs during the change process)

Pre-Contemplative

People in this stage are not aware of any need to change. Pressuring someone in this stage to seek help will likely push them further away, as they are generally not interested in any type of help and often become defensive when approached by any outside efforts or pressure to get them to quit. If you are trying to help a friend or family member become aware of their problem, start with a positive approach where you help them try to see the consequences of what they are doing. Take a self-inventory to assess whether anything you are doing is enabling the person to continue their behavior.

Contemplative

In this second stage of change, people begin to become more aware of the consequences of their behavior and wonder if they should deal with it. Often a person will feel quite ambivalent about this decision. Likely, the person may have experienced consequences of their behavior such as a DUI, problems at work or home or health concerns that have prompted them to weigh the pros and cons of their choices. When a person has entered this stage, try to reinforce the cons of continuing with drugs and the pros of sobriety.

Preparation

A person in this third stage of change may have made statements such as, “I’ve got to do something about this. I can’t go on living this way.” They are ready to research their options and find out what can help and how to make the life changes they desire. Taking time for research at this point is critical in the change process because it allows a person to learn about various methods or clinics and begin to accept all that will be required of them as they move towards cessation and recovery.

Action

At this fourth stage, a person has begun dealing with their addiction by fulfilling a treatment plan and doing things such as attending regular professional treatment or participating in AA meetings. A person in this stage needs the patience and support of those around them more than ever, as they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms and emotional effects from giving up the thing that has been most important to them up until this point. If you are in this stage, set short-term goals and seek continuous support.

Maintenance

In this fifth stage, a person has dealt with the initial challenges of change and should acquire skills and set new rules in their life to avoid relapse. It is important for people in this stage to remind themselves of how far they have come and how their change has impacted their own life as well as the lives around them. Continued support at this stage is just as important to help avoid relapse.

Relapse

Because relapse is so common among drug addicts, many professionals include relapse as a possible part of the stages of change. It is easy for a person in recovery to fall back into old ways because staying sober is a learning process. If someone has experienced relapse, remind them of their hard work and the positive changes they have made in their life.

Regardless of what stage of change a person is in, those suffering from addiction problems can seek help through different types of treatment or long term drug rehab to help them through their own personal process of change.

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