Though addiction treatment looks different for everyone, the fact remains that addiction is difficult to overcome. Addiction refers to compulsive behavior that causes individuals to consistently think about or obsess over a particular habit or substance. It often interferes with a person’s judgement, social behavior and relationships. It most cases, addiction takes over lives. Continue reading “How Duke City Recovery Can Help You Overcome Addiction in 2020”
When someone you love is struggling with addiction or substance abuse, you might be at a loss as to what to say to the person. The language you use can have a real impact, not only on your relationship but also on how the person views himself.
Many non-addicts use the wrong language when addressing addiction and substance abuse. Not only does this language make the person struggling feel bad about themselves for letting others down, it can also exacerbate their drug use. Knowing what, and what not, to say to people who are faced with these uphill battles is the first step to be a more empathetic person.
Focus on the Person, Not the Addiction
It can be easy to let a person’s addiction take over the image you have of them. This can lead to dehumanizing language, such as works like “junkie” or “crackhead”, which only serve to push a person with addiction issues deeper into despair.
While it can be hard to remember at times, especially when a person is deep within the throes of addiction, remind yourself there is a person in the midst of all this turmoil. This is a person you love dearly, and the fact that you’re using such language towards them shows how deeply hurt you are by what’s happening. If you find yourself wanting to use harsh language, stop a moment and consider the impact it could have.
Know the Difference Between Addiction & Dependence
When talking about substance abuse, clarity is key. It’s especially important to be clear about the type of problems facing your loved one, as this is the best way to get the right treatment for their issues. Consider the following:
- Addiction – A compulsive urge to consume a drug of choice, despite the negative consequences. This can include loss of employment, arrest, and problems within personal relationships.
- Dependence – Dependence on a drug occurs when your body is incapable of functioning normally without it. A person who is physically dependent on a substance, such as heroin, will experience serious withdrawal effects upon stopping.
It’s possible to become dependent on a wide range of drugs. This includes prescription drugs provided by a doctor, which can be highly addictive under the right circumstances.
Compassion Will Take Your Far
Let compassion inform your language when talking to a loved one experience addiction issues. While it’s important to set hard boundaries, it’s also important that you treat friends and family kindly during their time of need. Don’t lay blame or guilt on the person, and don’t become enraged by relapses and back-sliding. Chances are that the person struggling feels just as bad as you and is in need of your support more now than ever. We’re Here to Support You on Your Journey
Duke City Recovery Toolbox is here to help people struggling with addiction issues, as well as their loved ones. Our addiction treatment center, located in Albuquerque, NM, is dedicated to providing proven recovery solutions. We also provide medications to reduce cravings and prevent relapses, as well as peer support so you can have a strong foundation in sobriety.
Schedule an intake appointment today by calling (505) 224-9777. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your sobriety goals.
The holidays often are a time for celebration and joy; however, for many folks in recovery, the holidays also can bring relapse, fear, and stress. It’s vital to discover the proper balance which permits you to enjoy the holidays without having to jeopardize your family member’s recovery. Continue reading “Helping Your Loved One Through Recovery During the Holidays”
If you’re ready to take that all important first step or are gathering information to pass along to someone you love, call 505-224-9777 today to speak with a specialist. You can also contact us online to learn more.Continue reading “What Is the First Step of Addiction Treatment?”
Many people approach addiction recovery renewed and ready for a fresh start. However, boredom usually rears its ugly head rather early in the treatment process. Substance abuse inoculates a person from unpleasant feelings like boredom, sadness, and anger. It also creates a false sense of excitement that renders a person satisfied with very little, as long as his or her substance of choice is readily available.Continue reading “4 Ways to Manage Boredom During Addiction Recovery”
Drug addiction takes you away from your life and the things you care about most. When it comes to recovery, it’s often necessary for a person to re-learn essential life skills that may have fallen by the wayside while their addiction was active. These life skills can be practical, such as financial management, but they can also be emotional, such as maintaining healthy bonds with the people you love.Continue reading “The Importance of Life Skills Development During Addiction Treatment”
Many addiction experts consider relapse part of the recovery process. But that can be a slippery slope. Recognizing that relapse is likely to happen helps relieve some of the guilt for reverting back to undesirable habits. Unfortunately, it can also be used to rationalize backwards progress, and that puts you back at Square 1—needing to admit there’s a problem and initiating the recovery process all over again.
Rather than resigning yourself to thinking relapse is inevitable, we encourage you to prevent it.Continue reading “4 Simple Relapse Prevention Tips”
No one sets out to be an addict. Addiction happens over time, unintentionally, often without the substance abuser knowing.
Of course, it’s well known that recovery only begins when the person with an addiction recognizes the problem and wants change. However, it may take a “wake up call” from a close family member or friend to get them to see their addiction for what it is.Continue reading “8 Physical & Behavioral Signs of Addiction Friends & Family Can Look For”
Denial is considered a symptom of a substance abuse problem. But, denial does not mean that the person with a substance abuse problem is delusional. Denial is more often an attempt to reassure themselves that they don’t really need help…because getting help introduces a lot of uncertainty.
Many people with substance abuse issues think about their life choices and options a lot before they ever take that first step toward recovery—i.e., admitting there’s a problem. Whether they share them or not, they’ve likely encountered these five most common worries about seeking treatment:Continue reading “5 of the Most Common Worries about Seeking Substance Abuse Treatment…and How to Handle Them”
Major depression may be the result of an imbalance or deficiency in certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters). However, you are not wholly at the mercy of your body chemistry. “Mind over matter” can help you get through moments when you feel like you are crippled by your depression.
When major depression looms, there are practical exercises you can do to take back control of your thoughts and emotions.Continue reading “5 Tips to Help When Major Depression Looms”