The Work of Recovery Includes Rebuilding Trust in Damaged Relationships
- Friday, 08 August 2014 10:00
Family Guidance Center
Addiction takes a toll on several fronts. It usually takes a physical toll on the person who uses. It often takes a monetary toll on the person and even the family. It also exacts a toll in terms of harmed relationships. Recovery involves rebuilding health on all fronts where damage has been done, but repair doesn’t come evenly on every side.
The person who is still in the early stages of recovery is regaining physical health and wellness. Cessation from substance use and new, healthier living choices combine to restore the person physically. A healthier body frequently results in an improved mental or emotional outlook as well.
Similarly, whereas the person may once have been spending all their available cash to fund their addiction, recovery means that those finances are no longer being misdirected and monetary stability can be achieved. Some kind of positive progress can be seen relatively soon.
What usually takes longer is the work of rebuilding trust in damaged relationships. It’s important for the person in recovery to realize that slow-forming trust is not the same thing as slowly granted forgiveness. Trust is a separate issue. Forgiveness is given but trust usually needs to be earned – and that takes time.
Just how much time will be needed to restore trust in a damaged relationship varies from person to person. The injured party has no reason to grant immediate trust. One expert has likened the distrust created by addiction to the building of a brick wall between two people. Repairing the trust is comparable to tearing down that wall brick by brick. It is a tedious but rewarding process.
Whatever side of the recovery road you are travelling, it helps to have support. Family Guidance can offer that support to people journeying out of addiction as well as the loved ones trying to give trust once more. Repairing damaged relationships takes work on both sides of the wall. Call Family Guidance today and get the support needed to stay committed to the job of bringing that wall down.
Celebrating Recovery is an Important Part of Addiction Recovery
- Friday, 30 May 2014 10:00
Family Guidance Center
Overcoming addiction takes courage to face your problems and decide you will learn to handle them in a different way. It usually means making changes within yourself and even in your surroundings. That is why important mile markers on the road to addiction recovery deserve to be celebrated.
You can start small. Celebrate one full day of recovery without drugs or alcohol. Your family or your friends may give you a balloon or take you out for ice cream sundaes to mark the day, but that first day is worth noting!
There are many recovery milestones worth celebrating – one week, one month, one year, the first day back at work or school… the list goes on. It is important to take the time to acknowledge the progress you are making with the people around you. If you are hesitant, it could be that you are afraid of letting people down (including yourself) but celebrating milestones actually makes it easier to succeed on the road ahead.
Here are some ways to reward yourself and others for all the progress you’ve made so far:
- If you are part of a support group, be sure to attend the recovery celebration events. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous are good about acknowledging steps along the way. Take their cue and celebrate your milestones.
- Reward yourself with something good for you. It could be a shopping trip, a nice dinner out, a weekend getaway or a cooking class with a friend.
- Celebrate your sober anniversary. Make it a big event with the people closest to you. Have cake or whatever food makes it special. This is a good chance to tell the people around you thank you for the help they give you through the year.
If you are ready to start out on this journey of recovering from addiction, contact the professionals at Family Guidance. Before you know it, you could be celebrating your very own milestones of success.
Together, Walking the Road to Recovery
- Tuesday, 17 September 2013 06:00
Family Guidance Center
Mental health disorders, similar to chronic physical health ailments like diabetes and hypertension, are typically both manageable and treatable. While recovery is a journey, it is rewarding and fulfilling if one is open to the process.
September is National Recovery Month, a period set aside to honor the achievements of those living with substance abuse disorders and the individuals who have dedicated their time to working in the field of recovery. The focus of National Recovery Month for 2013 is the element of prevention and the different methods by which individuals can pursue treatment. Many people may not be aware of their options. National Recovery Month is a time to increase awareness and accessibility of resources and programs available for those in need.
Recovery helps individuals take back control of their lives so that they can move forward with purpose, achieve better health, and lead with a new sense of direction. Successful recovery programs look at four aspects of daily life including home life, sense of purpose, overall health, and community support.
An individual who does not have a safe environment in which to reside or who lacks a fulfillment from such activities as working, going to school, volunteering or caring for others, will find it difficult to move forward with recovery. Recovery programs aim to help individuals gain their independence, lead meaningful and productive lives, and make healthy life choices. Forming relationships with others in the community who also encourage and support the recovery process are an integral in achieving success.
The process of recovery starts with seeking help. It may help to create a recovery plan. Putting a recovery plan in writing is beneficial for determining individual objectives and what is hoped to be achieved, how those particular goals will be accomplished, and any triggers which may impact recovery. It’s also good to monitor changes in mental health and discuss these changes with a professional.
Family Guidance Center has both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs as well as professional counseling for both individuals and families. Recovery is possible. To learn more about addiction treatment services, contact Family Guidance Center.
New Study Shows First Three Months are Critical in Drug Recovery
- Monday, 26 August 2013 11:00
Family Guidance Center
For the person living with addiction, there are many factors that can complicate the success of recovery. Addiction can lead to risky decision making and impulsivity that might not occur otherwise. A person living with addiction may engage in precarious sexual encounters, overspending or compulsive gambling, compulsive overeating or other behaviors that can create feelings of hopelessness or lead to depression.
Abstinence from an addictive substance is often challenged by underlying mental, emotional, and social elements. Guibin Wang of China’s National Institute on Drug Dependence located at Peking University sought to get a better understanding of the process that occurs during abstinence in the hopes of developing more effective drug treatment plans and minimizing the occurrence of relapse.
Wang studied 183 individuals receiving treatment at a particular recovery facility. He evaluated drug cravings and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and impulsivity. Participants had been sober anywhere from about a week to more than a year.
The findings indicated that the longer participants were drug-free, the lower their level of impulsivity and the better their decision making skills became. Wang also found that longer periods of abstinence were associated with fewer instances of depression and anxiety.
And though general cravings diminished over time, Wang found that the first three months were critical to the recovery process as individuals actually experienced increased cue-based cravings during this period. The implication for clinicians is to be particularly vigilant during the initial phase of recovery and take additional steps to help minimize stress and regulate emotions during those first critical months of sobriety.
For over 100 years, Family Guidance Center has been aiding individuals and their families in breaking the cycle of addiction. Family Guidance Center also has programs for adults who are working through depression and other common types of chronic mental illness. Treatment is offered on both an inpatient and outpatient basis and focuses on learning positive ways to manage substance abuse triggers. Recovery can, and does, happen. Contact Family Guidance Center for more information.