Archive for October, 2007

Oct 31 2007

Rehab or behind bars

Interventions can actually come in many different forms. It could be a friend or family member who talks with the alcoholic and convinces him or her to get alcohol treatment. It could also be someone else, like a doctor or a religious leader. In many cases, the judicial system ends up doing the intervening if the addict is arrested for drug possession, drug dealing, stealing, or probation violation. A good drug or alcohol rehab program looks much better to most addicts than spending time behind bars. The addict may also overdose, landing him or her in the hospital. Sometimes coming close to death is enough to get their agreement to accept help. There is one noted luxury alcohol treatment program in Malibu that has wonderful results with interventions.

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Oct 29 2007

Finding the ability to laugh agian

Published by Suki under Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse

Laugh. Laugh now. Seriously, you better be laughing. Life is about smiling, being a goof, having fun with your friends, playing with your children, going after what makes your heart go thump. Paint, Write. dance. Make money. Love THE ONE. Now, go do it, NOW! Yes you can. I did. I was slave to a crack pipe for 12,582 years. A long ass time. I rolled around the streets of Los Angeles playing BS artist for most of those years. Lying to everyone, stealing from anyone and fooling no one. My substance abuse problem was taking me down, and almost out. I needed help and didn’t even think drugs were the problem. I wanted to be happy, I wanted to be in love, I wanted to go after my dreams. Hah! Fat chance when my only friend was a glass pipe. When I checked into a drug abuse treatment center, I didn’t know what to expect. I never thought I could arrest my drug abuse and I surely didn’t think one of the things that would happen is I would find my ability to laugh again. I did. I’ve been clean and sober for 1-year now and I am having a ball. I am as happy as Ive ever been and you know what I do every day, I laugh. Ha!

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Oct 26 2007

Withdrawal brings fear and anxiety to an already emotional situation

For many addicts the thought of withdrawal brings fear and anxiety to an already emotional situation. For this reason, a drug and alcohol rehab is worth its weight in gold. Safe and comfortable medical withdrawal is often times the first step in starting a positive drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Once withdrawal is completed the next step of removing the residual effects of long term drug and alcohol abuse. Drug rehab and alcohol rehab is a major factor in reducing relapse tendencies and ensuring the maximum benefits from recovery. Addiction and alcoholism are family afflictions. Although the addict is solely responsible for his past behavior successful long term recovery is directly dependent on the ability to repair and rebuild the relationships once so dear to all involved. The family is the support group for the future and relationship repair should be a central focus in any treatment. Most addicts haven’t the ability to effectively begin this process and will need guidance and methodology to insure lasting success. This is why drug and alcohol rehabs are the way to go for a person, or family, suffering from alcoholism and addiction.

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Oct 25 2007

I was stealing from my own family

When I was little, I was such a good kid. I followed all of the rules. I did what people told me. Then, things changed. When I was 14, a friend and I would sneak out and go to parties. It was amazing that we never got caught. But the kids that I wanted to hang out with at the parties were smoking cigarettes and drinking, so I did, too. It helped me feel like I belonged. When I was 16, I smoked pot for the first time. My friends and I toked up before school. That was when I first met someone who had gone to a drug rehab. I was still into smoking pot, it took the edge off of the day. Then I started experimenting with other drugs that summer. By the end of my senior year, I can’t believe I was doing heroin. It was costing me $75 a day just to keep from feeling sick. I was working part-time at a restaurant then, but it wasn’t bringing me enough money to buy the heroin I needed. So I borrowed from anybody who had money. My boyfriend, who funnily enough worked at a drug rehabilitation, took off because he got sick of me asking him for money to buy drugs. My other friends told me to get clean or get lost. I got lost. The week Ray left, I got fired from my job for stealing money out of the till. After that, each day had one goal, to get money to buy heroin. I shoplifted. I stole from my mother’s purse. I did some other things, too, that I can’t even talk about because it just makes me so sad. I got arrested twice for shoplifting. I tried to quit heroin maybe 100 times, but the withdrawal was so, so bad, I couldn’t. I was ready to give up. If it wasn’t for my brother checking me into a Malibu residential drug rehab center, I’d be dead now.

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Oct 23 2007

I tell you what. There is nothing like the laughter shared between two recovering addicts. It sounds crazy, I know. But if you are an alcoholic, or an addict, you know what I’m talking about. Countless nights we would sit around our addiction treatment center and just laugh until our ribs hurt. Swapping stories about our drug addiction, swapping horrible stories about interventions, about how scared we were when we were intervened on. I know this sounds goofy, to laugh at this stuff, but it really helped me get through my addiction treatment center. I needed the laughter. I know drug and alcohol addiction is no laughing matter. I should, it almost killed me, many, many times. BUT today, I’m full on into my recovery and spend most of my time with other recovering drug addicts. Man, I tell you, we laugh and laugh and laugh. We don’t need booze, or coke, or weed, or heroin to do that anymore. These are the people I went to hell and back with. These are the people who know what im all about. These are the people I love. And these are the people I laugh with. If you’re an addict, or suffer from drug or alcohol addiction… PLEASE! Give sobriety a shot, go to a rehab, get sober. Its so worth it. For no other reason that the laughter, give it a try.

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Oct 17 2007

I called a rehab center for a phone appointment about how I could cope with my boyfriend’s drug addiction. When I called, I broke down and told them everything. At first, it was horrible but then I realized how loving and helpful they were. It was my first experience with a drug rehab and I have to tell you it was wonderful. I learned so much about his drug addiction. The next day I drove him from Los Angeles out to Malibu and checked him in. When we got there I met the same person I talked to on the phone, she hugged me, and then we got a tour of the most amazing facility. This rehab truly is a high-end residential drug treatment facility. Now, three months later, I am happy to report that the drug rehabilitation worked! He (to my knowledge anyway) hasn’t gotten high since. He also surrendered a burden that had been obsessing all his thoughts, and he had been using drugs to numb his discouragement rather than face it. Now I have back the person that I’m in love with. I want to thank the entire staff at my rehab you for being there to help. It removed the adversarial role I had in trying to “get him to quit”. And he could focus on what he wanted instead — a loving relationship and personal freedom.

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Oct 15 2007

Personal process of alcohol rehab

The best alcohol rehab programs are the ones that get patients engaged in their own healing. Remember, alcohol rehab has to be a personal process. No one can get better for you. If you’re going to get sober for good, it’s going to be because you play an active role in your own alcohol abuse rehab program. And, of course, your alcohol treatment center has to help you do so. Alcohol rehabs that impose healing from the top down do not and cannot work. On the contrary, addiction recovery has to come from within. With so much to lose, and so much more to win, anything less just isn’t good.

Remember too that alcohol rehabilitation has to start with a first step. Yes, the right alcohol rehab center can make a world of difference, but alcohol rehab programs are worthless if they aren’t sought out. Your future is in your hands here. If you want to get better, you can. If you resolve to make addiction treatment work for you, it will. Please, for your own sake, make the right decision. You know what’s at stake. You know what you have to do. Now you just have to find the courage to do it.

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