Over the holidays surround yourself with a community that understands.
Most people describe the holidays with words, for example, such as “family,” “fun,” and “frolic” It’s expected that we look forward to the happy times between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
For the person with a history of alcohol or drug issues, however, the very holidays many people celebrate can be anything but festive. Addicted people and their loved ones need to be especially on guard for the prospect of relapse, according to a story on the website ezinearticles.com.
Here are some highlights from the article:
Knowing the Temptations at This Time Can Help You Beat Them
MedHelp, which bills itself as the “World’s Largest Health Community,” offers a forum on its website designed to let people recovering from addictions share what they’re going through during various points of their quest.
With the holidays coming soon, two posts, in particular, seem particularly noteworthy:
“Holiday time is fast approaching and can be full of stress and triggers. We see relapses happen during this time. The first year I was clean I was told by a very wise person to hit the meetings real heavy, and that is what I did.
The Right Step’s Alumni Program Can Provide Help When It’s Most Needed
Five years ago, in a courtroom where he stood begging for clemency after an arrest tied to a drug-related traffic accident, Garrett Reid told a judge, “I don’t want to die doing drugs. I don’t want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD’ed and just faded into oblivion.”
On August 5, 2012 this, in essence, became his obituary.
Reid, known primarily as the troubled son of NFL coach Andy Reid, died of an accidental heroin overdose in a dormitory room at the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice facility on the Lehigh University campus. He was 29.
He had undergone treatment for addiction issues several times before his death.
The sad ending to Reid’s struggle with substance abuse was chronicled in news stories across the nation, including one by the Philadelphia-area ABC affiliate that recalled his poignant, ironic courtroom plea cited above.
The story also noted that Reid had worked hard to overcome his drug problem, taking a job as the Eagles’ assistant strength coach after a two-year stay in prison for his part in the traffic accident, which injured another person.
The Right Step’s Alumni Program Is an Effective to Help Beat Addiction
The first step to overcoming alcohol dependence or a drug addiction is obvious: Get professional help from a quality treatment facility – sooner than later.
But what about the next step, the one that follows initial treatment?
As the recovery process is a life-long pursuit – and a difficult one, at that – many recovering addicts find both hope and comfort from a support team of friends and peers who have “have been there and done that.” Indeed, establishing relationships with other recovering alcoholics and addicts who know, first-hand, just what challenges befall the road to recovery can be the key to a successful, life-long victory over substance abuse woes.
Dr. Casey Green has worked with adolescent addiction recovery for six years and has helped The Right Step achieve its goals of reaching out to young teens who are battling drug and alcohol addiction and lead them to a safe and healthy recovery.
“We want to build upon the strengths (personal, family, community) that adolescents bring to treatment in order to equip them with the skills necessary to pursue lifelong sobriety,” explains Dr. Green. “Individually, we work with clients and their families to accurately identify what stage of change they are currently in (transtheoretical model, Prochaska), stabilize them at that stage, and then do what is necessary to move them to the next stage of change.