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3 Things No One Tells You About Getting Sober

3 Things No One Tells You About Getting Sober

Eighteen months ago today, I entered rehab for what I hope will be the last time. It was my third go around, and I was sick of the way I was living. I had nothing left, and I was desperate to find a way out of my addiction. I hadn’t really made any effort to stay sober after the first two times I went to treatment. Convincing myself that I wasn’t really an addict, I went straight back home after the thirty days were up and continued to do what I had been doing. Eventually, my addiction brought me to new and terrifying lows. All the things I never thought would happen to me happened, and I absolutely hated the person I saw in the mirror.

This time I knew my way wouldn’t work, and if I didn’t find a way that did, I probably wouldn’t survive long enough to come back a fourth time. I wasn’t ready to die, so I threw myself into recovery with the desperation of a drowning man clinging to a life boat. And I haven’t had a drug or drink since.

Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about addiction and recovery. And there are some things that no one ever tells you about getting sober.

3 Things No One Tells You About Getting Sober: Your “friends” aren’t your friends

Most alcoholics and addicts hang out with other people who drink or use drugs. It’s comforting to have people around who are doing the same things you are. Once you’ve been sober a while, you realize that the drugs and alcohol was all you had in common. Very few of your drinking buddies want to be around you and you start to realize that you may not want to be around them. Usually, with this type of friend, every activity revolves around drinking and drugs, and it just isn’t appealing when you’re sober. Eventually, you lose touch, and you are faced with building a whole new social circle from scratch.

3 Things No One Tells You About Getting Sober: You don’t know what to do for fun

For the first few weeks or months after getting sober, you won’t know what to do. You’re used to “drinking/and or getting high plus X”. When you take the drinks and the drugs out of the equation, you are at a loss. Moreover, you may find that you don’t even like to do the things you used to do while drunk or high. I used to really like going to clubs and dancing when I was drinking. I loved the pounding of the music and the crush of the crowd. Recently, I tried going to a club sober and I realized that I hated clubs. It was crowded, awkward, and smoky. The loud music pissed me off and the drunk people were just obnoxious. One of the things no one tells you about getting sober is that you have to discover what you actually like to do for fun. This takes effort, and you may have to try a lot of new things before you figure it out. It’s a necessary part of recovery though, because boredom is a dangerous state for anyone who is in early sobriety.

3 Things No One Tells You About Getting Sober: Current Alcoholics are Obnoxious

When you get sober, other people with drug and alcohol problems will reach out to you for help. It’s great to be able to help people who are suffering the same way that you were, but it’s so frustrating when they don’t listen to the things you have to say.

A lot of the time, you see them doing the exact same things you were doing to set yourself up for failure. I have had many people in my life tell me stories of drug and alcohol abuse-spending the rent money on drugs, going to jail, neglecting their kids, etc. They’ll tell me it’s impossible for them to stop drinking once they’ve started, that it’s beyond their control. In the next breath, they’ll tell me they’ve decided to “cut back.”

Another one I get a lot is “I was addicted to heroin, crack, pain pills; I’ve never had a problem with drinking.” These people think that as long as they give up their drug of choice, they’ll be able to drink or smoke pot successfully. It’s mostly annoying because I did the exact same thing.

You realize that many of these people aren’t looking for advice or help, they are looking for validation. They tell you what you want to hear-that they have it under control, and then they’re calling again when it doesn’t work out. Nothing you say to them really makes any difference until their ready. But you can almost predict what’s going to happen based on what they say.

The anger I have towards these people is actually towards myself. They remind me of the way I was for so many years-protecting my disease at all costs and completely delusional.

If you or your loved one is in need of treatment for alcohol or drug addiction please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

Addiction News: April 30th, 2013

 

Food addiction: could overeating be compulsive? [BBC News]

Is A 4-Year-Old Girl Really ‘Addicted’ To Her iPad? [Huffington Post]

Marijuana taxes prove sticking point in Colorado [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]

Legal marijuana’s need for high security [CNNMoney]

Is drug addiction a disease? [ The Washington Times Communities]

If you or your loved one is in need of treatment for alcohol or drug addiction please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

Eating Disorder and Substance Abuse

Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

Having an eating disorder and substance abuse is known as having a co-occurring disorder. When there is a co-occurring disorder along with substance abuse it can make it much harder for someone trying to stay sober to actually recover. Usually someone with an eating disorder will have substance abuse tendencies and vice versa. The reason for this is because the substance abuse helps fuel the eating disorder or the eating disorder fuels the substance abuse.

“One half of individuals with an eating disorder regularly abuse alcohol or illicit drugs.” – The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) –

Here are some common substances that those people with an eating disorder regularly abuse.

Eating disorder and substance abuse: Diet Pills

Many people with eating disorders will abuse diet pills in the obsessive scheme to try and lose weight. Diet pills can be used either with a prescription or as over the counter medications. Diet pills are probably one of the least safe methods to achieve weight loss because they can put the human body through a serious beating that includes the toll on a person’s physical and mental health. It is very easy for someone with an eating disorder to have access to diet pills because they are sold everywhere and in great abundance too! Even children and teens have access to diet pills from the local grocery store, health store, pharmacy, and convenience stores. Diet pills fuel eating disorders such as anorexia.

Eating disorder and substance abuse: Diuretics

A diuretic is a kind of medication or substance that forces the body to excrete water. People with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia will most commonly use diuretics to help them lose weight. The truth about diuretics is they don’t actually cause weight loss. Diuretics just cause the body to not store as much water when eating and it causes the body to get rid of it which gives the impression a person is losing weight. Diuretics can be extremely dangerous for someone with an eating disorder and substance abuse because fluid is essential to survival. When someone abuses something like diuretics they are forcing their body to get rid of essential vitamins and fluid.

Eating disorder and substance abuse: Drugs and Alcohol

Eating disorders and substance abuse go hand in hand. Substance abuse is very common in people who eating disorders such anorexia, bulimia or compulsive overeating. Many times someone with anorexia will abuse an illicit drug such as cocaine to help stave off hunger cravings and to burn more calories. The same goes for someone with bulimia or compulsive overeating.

Eating disorder and substance abuse: Laxatives

Laxatives are commonly used by people who have eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia. Laxatives are similar to diuretics but they cause the body to purge more than just fluid. Laxatives also give someone the false idea that they are losing weight when really they are losing essential vitamins, minerals and fluids not actual weight by using laxatives. Also laxatives are ineffective because the calories absorbed from food are absorbed almost immediately after eating and laxatives can’t purge the body of the food quick enough. Laxatives work by aggravating the lining in the small intestines and if laxatives are used for a long time the bowels can actually become totally unresponsive eventually.

Eating disorders and substance abuse are directly linked. Which came first the eating disorder or the substance abuse depends on the person. Regardless, eating disorders and substance abuse both have to be treated in order for anyone suffering from both disorders to become well again.

If you or your loved one is in need of treatment for substance abuse and an eating disorder please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

Sources: https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/abstractdb/AbstractDBDetails.aspx?id=203689

Addiction News: April 29th, 2013

 

Egypt opens alcohol-free hotel in popular Red Sea resort [Reuters]

Prescription Drugs: How Do You Know Which Are Safe? [Psychology Today]

Tom’s sobering challenge: 3,100 miles across US to help fight addiction [TheGuardian]

Talking Spirituality: Meditation and Addiction [Beyond Chron]

An ever-evolving career: Jamie Lee Curtis talks addiction, writing & Hollywood realities [Culture Map]

If you or your loved one is in need of treatment for alcohol or drug addiction please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

Top 5 Reasons Men Relapse

Top 5 Reasons Men Relapse

Top 5 Reasons Men Relapse

There are many reasons that people struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction relapse. Relapse, especially early on, is extremely common. In many cases, men’s addictions start for different reasons and develop differently than women’s. Likewise, the reasons they relapse can be very different.

Top 5 Reasons Men Relapse: Refusing to give up friends and drug using environment

In the beginning, staying away from bars, using/drinking buddies, and environments where drug use is common is very important. In the rooms, they say if you hang out in a barber shop, you will eventually get a haircut. The same is true from hanging around places and people that encourage drinking or drug use.  Most men who get sober and still hang out with drinking/using buddies in the same places will eventually relapse. Eventually, many men who are sober can hang out with people who still use or drink, but in the beginning it can be a recipe for disaster.

Top 5 Reasons Men Relapse: Undiagnosed psychiatric disorder

Almost half of all people who seek treatment for drug and alcohol treatment have a co-occurring disorder like depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. If these issues go untreated or unresolved, it could cause a man to self-medicate with alcohol and drugs. If the underlying psychiatric disorder is not properly treated, people with co-occurring diseases are very likely to relapse.

Top 5 Reasons Men Relapse: Stress and challenging events

Men in recovery sometimes have a harder time than women when it comes to reaching out and developing a support network. Then when stressful or life-changing events occur-death, job loss, divorce- they have nowhere to turn and end up using drugs and alcohol. Men may feel more pressured to “suck it up” or “do things on their own” when bad things happen, and they don’t have any supports that can offer comfort or advice.

Top 5 Reasons Men Relapse: Joyous occasions

While most situations that trigger relapse are negative, for men, sometimes positive situations can be just as risky. When things are going well, men tend to be overconfident, and feel like they’ve “got this.” Birthdays, parties, holidays and celebrations can be times when men feel happy and in control – and they think they can handle that one drink or drug.

Top 5 Reasons Men Relapse: Sexual or romantic relationships

Relationships in early recovery have caused a great many addicts and alcoholics to relapse. Men in particular tend to get most of their emotional support from their partners. Getting into a relationship in early recovery means they are less likely to reach out to other men and form a solid support system. It also means that if those relationships fail, they have nowhere to turn and will likely relapse. Even a minor relationship setback can spell disaster in early recovery. Interpersonal conflicts can trigger underlying issues with shame, guilt, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. There is also the risk that a romantic relationship in early recovery will become an addict’s primary focus, which greatly increases the risk for relapse.

If you or your loved one is in need of treatment for alcohol or drug addiction please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

Source:

http://www.promises.com/articles/addiction-recovery/top-reasons-men-in-recovery-relapse-with-drugs/

 

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