“I feel like a prisoner. All I’ve been doing for the past year is going to work, then coming home and drinking until I pass out.
I repeat this cycle every day.”
“I don’t know how I’m going to get the addiction treatment I need. I don’t want to lose my job.”
“My boss would fire me immediately if I tried to take time off for addiction treatment. I haven’t even been there 90 days.”
Drug Addiction: The word “addiction” comes from a Latin term that means “bound to” or “enslaved.”
If you or someone you love has struggled to overcome drug addiction, you understand this concept.
In active drug addiction, I not only felt painfully helpless against this monster that had awakened inside of me, but the more I learned about the repercussions, the more I began to feel like it was a life sentence, even if I broke free.
Alcoholism and Active Duty Military
According to Military.com, a new study on Alcoholism in the Military finds that active duty military personnel drink alcohol more than workers on any other career path. The mental and physical health of our military includes Tricare approved alcohol rehab and a growing number of individuals are receiving the help they deserve.
What’s Rehab Like?
Your life has spiraled out of control.
You’re caught in the bondage of drug addiction or alcoholism.
If you’ve been thinking about rehab and this is all new to you, you’re probably wondering what to expect.
What’s rehab like?
Is it like a hospital?
Will I be locked in?
Will I be able to talk to my family?
I’ve been asked every one of these questions by people just like you who were ready for help but afraid of the unknown.
Having a clear picture of what rehab is like can greatly reduce the fear you may have about the process and help you feel more confident about saying yes to addiction treatment.
Here’s what you should know:
Staying Sober After Detox
Deciding to give up alcohol or drugs is the first step toward recovery. If you’ve been through detox, you may be wondering why you can’t just stop here. Why do you have to spend additional time in a drug treatment center —a.k.a. ‘rehab’? Will it really make all that much of a difference?
Right now, you feel good.
Your head is pretty clear and you’re able to make the right choices to keep you on the path toward recovery.
…or are you?
Addicted or Not? How to Tell and What to Do
Addiction often goes (intentionally) unnoticed when it’s affecting the one you love most. Many wives choose to ignore the signs simply because they don’t want to face the truth. Because, if something is acknowledged, it has to be dealt with…and that’s going to be messy.
If your husband is going to be the best (and healthiest) version of himself, he may need your support to begin the recovery journey. Yes, it’s going to be messy, but a lot less messy than years of dancing around the subject and slowly watching your family suffer in a thousand different ways.
So, where do you begin?
Want to know how to stay sober during the holidays? This is not going to be one of those articles that tells you to plan out every minute of every day and make yourself accountable for all of your time.
That’s not realistic.
We all have unforeseen things that occur and feelings that seem to well up out of nowhere during the holidays. Part of it stems from the nostalgia of the season. Many of us envision the holidays as a time of family-togetherness. We might be missing what we used to have or maybe we’re longing for something we wish we had.
Self-Medicating and Its Impact
There is a large percentage of the population who chooses to self medicate depression. There are a variety of reasons why. Many say they didn’t find the relief they needed with therapy or under doctor’s care. For others, it’s just easier.
Both prescription and illicit drugs have the ability to change the way a person feels, and this can be tempting for a person who feels smothered under the weight of depression.
What is a functioning alcoholic?
What does an alcoholic look like? Do you picture the person who wakes up and starts drinking, the one who reeks of liquor throughout the day, and doesn’t put the bottle down until their head hits the pillow? Do you envision their lives consisting of blackouts, outbursts, and embarrassing episodes?
If this sounds like the right description, you might want to take another look.
Alcohol or drug relapse doesn’t have to be a part of your recovery journey, but for many, a return to that old way of life, old choices and old habits sometimes occurs. The first thing to realize if you or a loved one has recently relapsed is that you haven’t lost all the tools you’ve gained while you were walking in recovery.
Some of us get so consumed with shame and guilt after an alcohol or drug relapse that we act as if we are truly at square one. Although we may have strayed from a solid path of recovery and allowed compromise to sneak in, relapse can be a good lesson in powerlessness, and you can bounce back stronger than ever.