You love him. You hate him. He’s warm and kind and then out of nowhere, he’s violent and terrifying. Figuring out how to help an alcoholic husband, especially when he is also prone to losing his temper, can be very difficult and dangerous.
When it comes to dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, the ongoing support of friends and family is every bit as important as identifying the problem and signing up for treatment.
That’s the sentiment of James Patterson, executive director of The Right Step Conroe – an intensive outpatient treatment facility that is part of the nationally accredited, 20-location The Right Step “live life sober” network.
“There are a lot of supervised programs that offer medical, psychological and emotional support,” Patterson said. “But outpatient treatment is where the rubber meets the road. At some point, an addict needs to learn how to live in the real world.”
Fall is in the air! The warm days of summer are leaving us and the holidays are upon us. The holidays bring us together with friends and family and can be a joyous time.
For people early in addiction recovery, the holidays can be a very stressful and difficult time. There are parties and dinners and an abundance of expectations. If you are new to recovery, sometimes it feels like you are on wobbly feet! Just take a good deep breath and trust in your direction! Sobriety allows us to enjoy the blessings of the season and to see things we could not while in our drug or alcohol addictions.
The Top Five Reasons to Never Touch Alcohol or Drugs
Everyone knows that living as a drug addict or an alcoholic is not a desirable, positive lifestyle. However, many people believe using drugs and drinking alcohol is fine as long as you don’t take it to the extreme.
Having a balanced view of life and all that is involved in it is an important part of living a healthy life. However, you might want to ask yourself whether or not you need to partake in drug use and whether or not it is in your best interest to drink alcohol at all.
If you don’t use drugs, you never have to worry about becoming addicted to drugs, you never have to deal with the consequences of drug use and you never have to disappoint yourself or any of your family and friends by behaving in ways that are inappropriate due to intoxication.
A recent issue of the Men’s Health Magazine compiled a list of the most drunk cities and the most sober cities in the US. The “drunkest cites” list was compiled from the death rates from alcoholic liver disease, drunk driving car crashes, frequency of binge-drinking in the past month, number of DUI arrests, and severity of DUI penalties. Most of these issues occur as a direct or indirect as a result of substance abuse and chemical addiction.