The Challenges of Going to Jail for Drug Use

Incarceration for Drug Use Only Makes Life Harder Lawmakers are learning that when a person is incarcerated for their drug use, life only gets harder for them. While they are in prison, the underlying problems that might have contributed to the drug use might only get worse. And returning to their home community becomes even more challenging when they are …

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Five Common Relapse Triggers

Five Common Relapse Triggers | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comComing home from rehab can be an exciting an empowering event but as you work to get back into the swing of life you will encounter obstacles that can trigger a relapse if not dealt with in the correct way.  Below are five common relapse triggers to watch out for.

  1. Old Places and Friends – Once you get home from rehab, it is important to continue to focus on your recovery. Being home and around old friends can remind you what times were like before rehab and this can trigger a relapse.  It is best to surround yourself by sober friends and avoid places where you used to partake in drugs or alcohol.
  2. The “Just Once” Thought – Having just once glass of wine might not seam like a big deal at first but that one glass of wine can easily turn into a full bottle of wine.  Having only a little bit of a drug or alcohol can trigger the urge to fall back into old habits.  It is important to stay in control and think about how the “just once” thought can quickly send you into relapse.
  3. Toxic Relationships – Relationships are not an easy thing for anyone but a toxic relationship can be extremely detrimental for a recovering addict.  Toxic relationships, whether it be with a roommate, boyfriend/girlfriend, or parent, can create feelings such as anger, jealousy, or depression and these feelings make it easier to relapse.  People often resort to their addiction in order to deal with these negative feelings.
  4. Unhealthy Choices – Living a healthy lifestyle can help a recovering addict stay sober.  On the other hand, constantly making unhealthy choices can be harmful.  Choices such as eating junk food, not exercising, and staying up late every night can effect your health, mood, and trigger a relapse.
  5. High Pressure Situations – Stressful situations are just a part of life.  Whether it’s enrolling for college or interviewing for a job, we can expect to feel a little more pressure than normal during these times.  The important thing for a recovering addict is to not overdue it.  Be in control and make sure you do not get to the point of feeling too much pressure that you can’t handle it.  Feeling too much pressure can turn into a relapse.

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Drug Abuse Help: Getting To Know the Phrases of AA

Drug Abuse Help | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comAlright, you’ve decided to get sober and you’re attending 90 meetings in 90 days. It’s the classic Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) invitation to new recovering addicts. If you want to get drug abuse help you’ve got to attend a meeting every day for the next three months. You need that level of support to keep you clean.

For many, when they begin to attend 12-step meetings, they soon discover that those who are attending meetings are one by one coming up to them and making their introductions.

Every old timer there is suddenly your best friend. Every man and woman who is not in your own shoes – new to AA and trying to find their way – is welcoming you in like family.

Drug Abuse Help Essentials

And as you get settled in, as you find your new family, as you begin to feel the great support embrace of everyone, you’ll begin to learn about the AA culture. You’ll slowly learn about those quick, to-the-point phrases of AA, and you’ll want to remember them because they’ll keep you sober.

They can be an essential part to getting the drug abuse help you need.

They’re phrases that say in a one-line zinger what others don’t usually talk about. For instance, the phrase, “If I don’t change, my sobriety date will” says in a few simple words that the one thing that creates change is changing yourself. Or the short phrase, “First things first,” makes one thing clear: When you prioritize your life in such a way so that you’re putting what matters to you first, life works out.

When you put your health, your spirituality, your sobriety, and your growth first, you can then have a full cup to tend to the life around you. First things first.

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How Yoga can Facilitate Drug and Alcohol Treatment

When we think of drug and alcohol treatment, we don’t tend to think of healing modalities such as yoga and meditation. We don’t tend to think of a soothing healing sanctuary to relax the body and mind. Instead, it’s common to imagine a place that’s anything but holistic. However, more and more drug and alcohol treatment centers are integrating yoga …

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