Drugs and alcohol are addictive. They make us feel good and this feeling of euphoria, relaxation or relief causes many people to continue to use them. Who doesn’t want to walk through life a little easier? Then there is the whole physical makeup of substances, and that physical make up catches many people off guard. See, many drugs and even alcohol don’t read on their label that they are physically addictive, that eventually it doesn’t matter how bad you want to stop, it is going to be physical painful to do so. Drugs and alcohol suck like that. So want to know what you are up against? How bad you might have it or did have it? [Read more…]
Family and friends usually are trying to do what’s best for the addicts and alcoholics in their lives. Often times it is hard for them to do so because the addicts have a slew of excuses as to why they don’t need help or as to why they don’t need to go to rehab. They think that their excuse is valid, that the job, relationship, apartment, parents, or even dog really matter but in all reality they aren’t ready to get clean.
The disease of addiction is tricky like that. That is why parents and friends should be familiar with the biggest excuses not to get help. Why? Because an addict will talk themselves out of getting help straight into their grave until someone does something to help them and doesn’t allow excuses. Here are 5 excuses not to go to rehab that you will always hear: [Read more…]
Recovery to those who have never experienced it can seem like the beginning of a dull and boring life. Drugs and alcohol are what makes going out fun. Plus in today’s world it seems like all there is to do has to include some form of intoxication, mainly drinking. Well, we are here to tell you that isn’t the case; you do have something to look forward to after detox and treatment. Trust us, if being in recovery wasn’t fun, we wouldn’t do it. Why would we?
So here are some cool things we have already done or want to do in recovery. You can use these ideas to inspire yourself to get through those last few days in detox or treatment. If you are already starting your own list you can use some of our ideas to inspire some more of your own. If you haven’t started a list we suggest you get to it!
Recovery isn’t boring when you’re doing adrenalin filled activities.
Here are some things we now have money and time for that get your blood pumping!
Recovery is far from boring jumping 15,000 ft out of perfectly good airplane.
Recovery isn’t boring mountain biking in the desert or at your favorite landmarks.
Recovery is amazing zip lining in Costa Rica.
Recovery is pure bliss when you’re reeling in a 30 pound dolphin (Mahi Mahi.)
Scuba diving is a really awesome experience and something you can do forever if you get certified.
Kayaking, mountain climbing, skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, skiing, running a marathon, attempting an obstacle run, a mud run, or become a tri-athlete.
Not into the active and adrenalin kind of activities? Don’t worry there is still plenty to do.
Recovery happens on cruises, in yoga studios, in gyms, on long walks, in hanging out at the beach, during vacations to Cozumel, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Bahamas or the Midwest.
Recovery happens taking cooking classes, photography classes, computer classes, or just in going back to school. Recovery happens during baking, and gardening, and volunteering.
Volunteer at the homeless shelter, volunteer at the butterfly gardens, volunteer to clean up the beach, become a lifeguard.
Parties and Shows, Shows and Parties
Throw parties, dinner parties, cook new foods, try new things, experience new restaurants.
Go to shows, go to football games, go see your favorite band in another state, go to any sporting event!
Set fun long term goals! Learn to ski, experience NYE in NY, go to California, attend a football game at every stadium in the US, save up for a house, save up for a car, save up for a favorite outfit.
There are so many things to do in this world and this list doesn’t cover half of them. So if you thought recovery was boring think again. And here is our last “how we know it’s fun.”
We know recovery is fun because we can do everything anyone else would do we just don’t drink or use drugs to do it. And in fact, more of our experiences are spent doing something more meaningful because the clubs and bars don’t really have anything to offer. Instead our favorite band playing at the venue the next city over does. Or something like that.
So if you are in detox hang on! It is worth it. Life becomes so full of well, life when you get sober! Detox is only the beginning. You will be able to do and achieve anything you want!
The truth about detox is what you don’t hear in the day-to-day run down of withdrawal. Detox a lot of the times is ridiculously emotional, full of insane laughter, and days where all you do is sleep. Detox isn’t easy but it is most definitely something that anyone wanting to get better can overcome. In fact, the majority of us who did get better went through it ourselves. [Read more…]
I woke up to blinding fluorescent lights. My body ached and I couldn’t remember where I was or what had happened in the past 48 hours. As I slowly blinked myself into consciousness I tried to lift my arms to shade my eyes and they stopped short before I could lift them even an inch. My arms were strapped down. [Read more…]
I have written numerous articles on the parents of addicts and on the addicts themselves. Whether it is about a parent losing a drug addicted child, or about the addict’s effect on their family, I am always writing about the parents or the drug addicted individual. I have yet to tell a story, to write an article for the siblings. Which surprises me. Why? I have a younger brother and a younger sister. The effect that both my addiction and my recovery has had on them, has been profound. Yet, it isn’t a topic talked about much by me or any other addiction related site. Well it’s time.
So, here we go. This is in honor of my brother and sister, and all the brothers and sisters of every drug addict. You aren’t forgotten.
All across the country in rural areas, small towns and our cities, we are grappling with the menace that is drug abuse and addiction. Its effects are being seen everywhere from accidents that are drug and alcohol related to drug-related crime, broken marriages, ruined families and lost jobs as a result of substance abuse. Where should these people turn to for help? When jobs are lost and families broken what is the first step to take? The first step is for one to admit that they are sick and need help to be healed. Denial makes the addiction even harder to fight. [Read more…]
Naloxone, the life saving drug for those in the midst of a heroin overdose, was once a cheap drug. While it isn’t entirely available to everyone, it has become more and more widespread. As the life-saving drug has become more accessible, the price has spiked. This price hike has many people worried that something that is literally touted as a miracle drug will soon become out of reach.
Naloxone can literally reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, saving someone who would of otherwise been dead. So the price spike is scary. It means less of it in the hands of first responders, friends, and family members which means less lives saved.
Often times when you try to help an addict or alcoholic you are actually making it easier for them to continue on abusing drugs and drink. It is one of the most confusing things for parents and friends to understand and it is called enabling. Enabling an addict can take on many different forms, but all in all it allows them to avoid the consequences of their harmful actions.
The best way to describe enabling is to look at how it is different from helping. Helping is doing something for someone that they are not capable of doing themselves. Enabling is doing something for someone that they could or should be doing themselves.
Addiction for a long time was stigmatized as a moral failing. Addicts and alcoholics were thought to just be bad people. Today though, we know the opposite is true. While many addict and alcoholic’s choice seem to make them bad people what they are is suffering from a disease not a lack of morals. The stigmas of addicts and alcoholics being bad people still follows them around regardless of this knowledge but it is slowly being broken.