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  • Alcohol Treatment: Expectations on the Process of Alcohol Rehab - There comes a time in everyone’s life when they should take responsibility for their actions. If you’ve let your alcohol problem take control of your life, then it’s time you own up to your weakness and seek help for it. Help usually comes in rehab.   What Rehab Does for...
  • Drug Treatment: Expectations on the Process of Drug Rehab - The worst kind of addiction could be addiction to drugs or prohibited kinds of it. While alcohol addiction may be severe, drugs are on a whole other level. However, that doesn’t mean that its rehabilitation is any more different than those of an alcoholic’s or any other person with an...
  • It Takes Willpower: Stopping Alcohol Addiction in its Tracks - Drinking alcohol is a pastime most people don’t find a fault with. However, you may find yourself having one bottle too many, and before you know it, you’re head over heels in drinking beer or whiskey or whatever alcoholic substance you may have the pleasure of downing. Still, it does...
  • Don’t Start the Habit: Dodging the Bullet named Addiction - There’s not really much to talk about when we’re talking about addiction. From simple genetics to the background you were brought up in, there’s always an outside factor that decides whether you get addicted or not. You don’t have to bite the bullet when you get addicted. If you would,...
  • The Best Help Available: What a Good Rehab Center looks like - Seeking help for your addiction is a very big step to take, but you shouldn’t feel ashamed that you’re doing it. It takes a very big amount of willpower to admit that you’re wrong in quite a few aspects. If you think you have problems, don’t hesitate to seek help...

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they should take responsibility for their actions. If you’ve let your alcohol problem take control of your life, then it’s time you own up to your weakness and...
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Drug Treatment: Expectations on the Process of Drug Rehab

The worst kind of addiction could be addiction to drugs or prohibited kinds of it. While alcohol addiction may be severe, drugs are on a whole other level. However, that doesn’t mean that its rehabilitation is any ...
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It Takes Willpower: Stopping Alcohol Addiction in its Tracks

Drinking alcohol is a pastime most people don’t find a fault with. However, you may find yourself having one bottle too many, and before you know it, you’re head over heels in drinking beer or whiskey or what...
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Don’t Start the Habit: Dodging the Bullet named Addiction

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The Best Help Available: What a Good Rehab Center looks...

Seeking help for your addiction is a very big step to take, but you shouldn’t feel ashamed that you’re doing it. It takes a very big amount of willpower to admit that you’re wrong in quite a few aspects...

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Alcohol Treatment: Expectations on the Process of Alcohol Rehab

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they should take responsibility for their actions. If you’ve let your alcohol problem take control of your life, then it’s time you own up to your weakness and seek help for it. Help usually comes in rehab.

 

What Rehab Does for You

Rehabilitation isn’t an easy process. Let’s take a look at what you’re going to be expecting during this difficult—yet needed—procedure.

When You Check In

Checking in kick starts your rehabilitation. You’re going to be asked a few questions to gauge how far your addiction has progressed. Once you’ve answered the questions, your rehabilitation will begin. It will be customized based on how you answered the questionnaire.

Detoxification

Once you’ve started, your body will try to get used to surviving without alcohol in its system. This will give you different symptoms like shakiness, nausea, and others or mental ones like depression and agitation. You should learn how to cope with this. It won’t be easy, but that’s why you’re in rehab.

Attitude Adjustment

In a sense, you’re going to have your behavior re-arranged and re-made into something more beneficial. This includes therapy such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy–turn destructive behaviors into something positive.
  • Interpersonal Therapy – acts like an ‘Alcoholics’ Anonymous’ group that focuses on a group of people to strengthen one’s resolve in breaking away.
  • Trauma-focused CBT – separates the link with alcohol drinking by focusing on the trauma and behavior.
  • Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) – works on behavior and motivational enhancement to combat alcoholism.

Educate about Addiction

There will be an ongoing education here about addiction. The educational process will be about your transition from life before to after rehabilitation, and what you can do to stop slipping back into the same habits. Resources and support for after-rehab care will also be made available here.

Preparing for Life after

Included in this is education and groups like the previously-mentioned Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), where your rehabilitation may continue. Persons involved in your treatment may also have continued contact with you to provide an on-going support for your road to total rehabilitation.

 

Start your Journey

The road from alcoholic addiction may be long and hard, but it’s not hard. With the right support and the will to see it through, people like you may see themselves free of the burden that comes with addiction to something like alcoholism.

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Drug Treatment: Expectations on the Process of Drug Rehab

The worst kind of addiction could be addiction to drugs or prohibited kinds of it. While alcohol addiction may be severe, drugs are on a whole other level. However, that doesn’t mean that its rehabilitation is any more different than those of an alcoholic’s or any other person with an addiction.

Curious to see what happens when you check yourself in for rehabilitation from drugs? Here are a few things to ponder:

You get offered a Pen and Paper

First off, like any other process for rehabilitation, drug users have to answer a questionnaire. Questions like what kind of substance abuse or how far their level of addiction has been are printed here. Answer truthfully and honestly for the officials of the rehab center to know what type of rehab you need.

A Good day

Your days start with a hearty breakfast and other programs. Depending on your program, you may get offered anything from meditation or other form of morning classes to fill the first part of your day. Other healthy habits may also be introduced to replace your destructive habits.

Meeting others with the same problem

No man is an island, and in rehabilitation, this is true. Once you’re done with your early morning program, you get to meet others with the same problem. This is important, as you need to know—and understand—that you’re not alone in your problem.

Healthy lunch

You’re going to expect a healthy serving of lunch—after all, you’re trying to recover, and this is one of the best ways to do it. A healthy body and a healthy mind will help you a lot in recovering from your addiction.

More Therapies

You’re going to have to brace yourself for more therapies. Two of the most implemented of these are behavioral and group therapy. The behavioral therapy gives you one-on-one sessions with a specially assigned therapist while group therapies let you develop a bond with fellow rehab patients.

Other creative therapies

Some of the questions on the questionnaire may have asked you what you’re good at or a hobby you’ve pursued. This means that it may become part of your therapy or your day. Your program may include art, dance, or exercise programs and the like, depending on which of these you regularly do.

Free Time

There’s a lull in the proceedings in rehab as well. You may choose to fill this in with sports like basketball, volleyball, or others; activities like tennis or pool; or other activities, depending on the availability of places that afford these in your rehabilitation center.

Evenings

Aside from dinner, you can look forward to what is called a ’12-step program’, if it is assigned. This acts as a fellowship between patients as well as your therapist. It also promotes sobriety for the long-term. Afterwards, you are given enough time to get a full night’s sleep before you start your day again.

It’s not easy to break away from a habit, especially if its drug addiction. The challenge must come from you first. If you manage to break away and check yourself into rehab, everything else follows and falls into place.

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It Takes Willpower: Stopping Alcohol Addiction in its Tracks

Drinking alcohol is a pastime most people don’t find a fault with. However, you may find yourself having one bottle too many, and before you know it, you’re head over heels in drinking beer or whiskey or whatever alcoholic substance you may have the pleasure of downing.

Still, it does you no good to continuously say yes whenever someone offers you a drink. You risk falling into a destructive habit you may never get out of. Here’s a good way to keep sober and away from falling into an addictive, destructive cycle:

 

It’s better to quite than to cut back

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When you find drinking a bottle too much from what you normally take, that’s the time when you cut back from drinking. If you’re not that addicted yet, however, you can start cutting back until you can get satisfied with a light buzz from your limit of drinks.

 

Create a goal

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If you find yourself having a hard time saying no, create your own goal. It’s usually a set of bottles to drink and, before you know it, you’ve got your limit of drinks. Never go over the goal. If you find yourself not able to keep to it, that’s when you avoid circumstances causing you to go over the goal.

 

Remove any temptations

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If you have bottles of rum or bourbon at home, remove them. It’s better to get them out of the way rather than testing yourself and utterly failing that test. Alcoholism is better cut off at the roots than pruned from time to time.

 

Make a ‘diary’

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How do you make sure you’re committed to the goal? By keeping to a diary, of course. If you have a list of what you allow yourself to drink and what your limit is, it’s easier to see when you go over it. It’s also easier to see whether you’re able to defy temptation or you fail frequently.

 

Take frequent breaks

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It’s like taking a break from work, but better. Alcohol breaks start with a day or two of no drinking then gradually climbs up to a week or a month of no alcohol. You’ll begin to see whether you really need alcohol or you just feel compelled to drink.

 

Enjoy your Drink

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Remember to drink for relaxation and not like it’s a race or a competition to see who can drink the most. Take slow sips between each drink. Remember also to observe good practices before drinking and never drink on an empty stomach.

If you can’t stop drinking at all, learn to drink moderately. There’s a difference between drinking and becoming drunk. If you can spot the difference between these two, then you won’t need to check into rehab at all.

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Don’t Start the Habit: Dodging the Bullet named Addiction

There’s not really much to talk about when we’re talking about addiction. From simple genetics to the background you were brought up in, there’s always an outside factor that decides whether you get addicted or not.

You don’t have to bite the bullet when you get addicted. If you would, consider these factors if you want to avoid certain addictions:

Choose your Friends

You don’t choose the neighborhood you grow in, and you most certainly don’t get to choose the people you hang out with. However, if you have the power, learn to use that power to avoid people who’ll do more harm than good. Choose your friends and you’ll have an easier time avoiding addictions.

Don’t Try It

In the first place, if you don’t try alcohol or don’t try to smoke, you’ll have an easier time avoiding circumstances leading to addiction. People who don’t drink or smoke usually don’t have addictions tied to these activities. If you haven’t tried it yet, never even attempt to do so.

Practice self-prohibition

Learn how to keep yourself from doing addictive activities. If you have the willpower or the discipline to say no and control yourself, you’ll have an easier time avoiding friends or events leading to addiction.

Be Healthy, Live Healthy

Avoiding addiction is also easier when you know how to live. Learn to have a healthy diet. Having a mantra to keep healthy at all times is also a big help in creating a buffer from addictive substances.

Value your Alone Time

Stress is one of the reasons why people drink or even try drugs. If you learn how to cope with stress without resorting to these activities, you will have avoided addiction.

It’s not that easy to avoid circumstances that lead to us getting addicted, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. It’s a personal, powerful triumph if we get the best of ourselves by avoiding addiction before it even starts.

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featured1 - The Best Help Available: What a Good Rehab Center looks like

The Best Help Available: What a Good Rehab Center looks like

Seeking help for your addiction is a very big step to take, but you shouldn’t feel ashamed that you’re doing it. It takes a very big amount of willpower to admit that you’re wrong in quite a few aspects. If you think you have problems, don’t hesitate to seek help from qualified people and the right rehab center.

That’s the thing, though. Rehabilitation centers do exist, but how do you know you’re speaking to the right rehabilitation center?

Cost of Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation centers don’t offer their services for free. They might be a bit expensive as well, and here’s where you come in. The right rehab center for you may depend on which you have the most budget for.

Location. How far is it away from your home? Is it near the places you should have avoided in the past? Location may be everything to you, and it’s rather best to be near family than places that remind you of your addiction.

Adequate service. Ask for a list of their services. Looking for rehabilitation centers should be easy if you know what they offer. The best ones—according to your addiction—will feature one-on-one sessions designed to aid you in your road to recovery.

Caring counselors. Are their counselors just there to work or are they there to work with you? There’s a big difference to that. The right rehab center will feature people who are people, and not just employees, to their patients.

The Right Feedback. Most rehabilitation centers will be proud of the countless people they’ve helped. If they feature a lot of these, then you have found the right center for you.

It’s hard enough to admit you have an addiction that needs help. You should get the help you deserve. In this light, you should be vigilant in choosing the best rehab center that will truly help you with your addiction.