Recovery

What is a Christian Rehab ?

Anyone looking for a Christian rehab will generally be doing so for one of two reasons.

The first reason is that they want a rehab that is purely faith-based or Bible based, the second reason is that they want a more traditional rehab, but one that is focused on spirituality and/or a Christian based approach to addiction recovery.

The issue of spirituality and belief in God has been at the core of recovery from alcoholism since the early experiences of Alcoholics Anonymous members. It has also been one of the defining issues in terms of both helping people and alienating people from the process of recovery.

As with any approach to recovery, it is important that the person looking for help has some clear understanding of what to look for. Any rehab offering help must comply with certain local and national requirements and regulations. A rehab should also employ a significant number of qualified clinical staff who can help assess the individual entering rehab to see if there is a need for a medical detox.

The rehab should also be able to either oversee such a medical detox if needed, or have other arrangements with a local clinical facility who can oversee the detox on their behalf. This is crucially important for any rehab as many people entering rehab will be withdrawing from the effects of alcohol and/or drugs, and this needs to be managed in a safe and secure clinical environment.

Once any detox has been done, the work of the rehab is to help the individual to understand the nature of alcoholism and other types of addiction, and to give individuals some grounding in the various approaches to recovery that the rehab advocates to help the individual rebuild their lives in the context of staying clean and sober both in rehab and once they have left.

The majority of rehabs will take a therapeutic approach that is based on the 12th program of Alcoholics Anonymous. A number of rehabs will also offer a wide range of other addiction treatment programs that should be clinically based, that should be evidence-based and should be based on extensive experience of what works.

A Christian-based rehab is normally a rehab that very specifically refers to itself as being Christian-based or faith-based. It very clearly sets out its addiction treatment program as being based on a belief that Jesus Christ, and belief in Jesus Christ is the only real source of salvation, and that this belief will be central to all the therapeutic work that is done in this type of rehab.

A Christian rehab can vary quite widely as to its structure and type of environment where this work will be done. Some Christian rehabs will opt for the traditional thirty-day model that most normal rehabs offer, with varying degrees of structure and rigidity in terms of living environment, personal possessions, access to phones and Internet etc.

Christian Rehab

Other Christian rehabs will offer a much more controlled and rigid environment, and although they are open and upfront about this, this model should be considered carefully before entry into it. Often this type of Christian rehab will offer an extensive and free recovery process with a enrolment period of up to 9 months.

There is likely to be a very strict regime where there is no personal contact with the outside world, no direct contact with anyone at all.

This type of Christian rehab very tightly controls the behaviour, the information and the environment that the individual will live in for these nine months. After the nine months is finished the individual will be expected to continue as part of the broader church that will be associated with the rehab and contribute to it in various ways.

This type of environment can at times be quite cult like, and should be guarded against. Any rehab should be freely entered into, and the client should also have the option or freedom to leave if they don’t like it. A rehab is not a prison, and whilst leaving early can have serious complications and consequences, it is nevertheless a freedom that the client should retain.

A Christian rehab that is faith-based and focuses exclusively on a biblical approach to recovery is a perfectly legitimate option for anyone seeking this. This type of rehab may or may not incorporate some of the approaches of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step organisations.

Most Christian rehabs will offer fairly intensive levels of Christian counselling, as well as a fairly intensive structured programme of daily Bible study groups and prayer groups.

A number of Christian rehabs will also be linked to various churches, and these churches should offer additional support through prayer and pastoral work to the individual once they are in rehab, and once they have left.

What Staff Does a Rehab Have ?

A rehab or treatment center should employ a wide range of different health care professionals, who have extensive clinical experience in dealing with alcoholism and addiction.

If the rehab is basing some of its therapeutic treatments on the twelve step progarm of Alcoholics Anonymous, then it is usually helpful if some of the staff are in recovery themselves, often having been in rehab themselves at some point.

This assessment of clinical staffing levels should relate to number of staff, different disciplines, qualifications and experience.

This information should be available on the rehab’s website, along with inforemation about availability of medical staff (should be 24/7) and regularity of therapy / conselling sessions etc.

Below is a list of the main types of clinical and therapeutic staff normally employed in a rehab. In addition a rehab should employ a number of well trained admin staff who can help the client through the often complicated admissions and insurance verification process.

Medical Doctor
Nurses
Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Therapists / Counsellors
Yoga Teachers
Chi Kung / Tai Chi Teachers
Reflexology Practitioners
Acupuncture Practitioners
Art Therapy Practitioners
Meditation / Mindfulness Practitioners
Dietitions
Nutritionists
Shiatsu Practitioners
Social Worker
Transitional Living Worker
Spiritual Guides
Fitness Instructors

What Programs does a Drug and Alcohol Rehab offer?

Traditionally, a rehab program or treatment center would help treat people through two specific routes.The first would be a medical detox if needed, followed by a fairly intensive therapeutic process based around the first five steps of the twelve step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

This would mainly be done in a mix of group discussion, group therapy and personal one to one therapy, with some life skills work done as well, under the supervision of qualified clinical staff.This has evolved into an environment where rehabs can offer a bewildering display of what they refer to as rehab programs.A selection of these programs is listed below !

This can be extremely confusing to people researching a rehab, both in terms of what the program is, and how effective it is.Part of the way through this is to have a general undertsnading of how rehabs work, visit the website of any rehab that interests you and see what programs they offer by way of treatment.These programs are sometimes referred to as therapeutic modalities.

If it is not clear what a particular program means, ring or email them and ask them. Also ask them whether the program is evidenced based, in terms of its effectiveness. This really means, is it based on current or ongoing clinical research.

Bear in mind also that the rehab industry is highly competitive and very lucrative, and some rehabs will offer exotic sounding therapies in order to attract business, ie you!Whilst these therapies might be fun, it is often questionable how effective they are in helping deal with alcoholism and drug addiction.

Acupuncture

Adventure Therapy

After Care Programs

Alpha-Stim& Hemi-Sync

Alumni Program

Art Therapy

Assessment

Behaviour Modification Therapy

Body Image Therapy

Chiropractic

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Co-occurring Disorders

Craniosacral Therapy

Creative Art Therapies

DBT – The Stages of Change

Detoxification Process

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Drug Primary Treatment

Drumming Therapy

EMDR (Trauma)

Eastern Modalities

EcoPsychology (Environmental)

Educational & Experiential Group

Emotional Freedom Technique

Equine Assisted Therapy

Extended Care

Family Therapy

Food Shopping

Group & Individual Therapy

Herbal / Homeopathic / Naturopathic medicine

HellerworkStructual Integration

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Individual Consultations with Registered Dietitian

Individualized Programs

Intensive Continuing Care Planning

Interpersonal/Group Therapy

Light Therapy

Life & Career Skills Planning

Life Coaching

Massage

Meal Planning & Preparation

Mindfulness Training

Mindsight and Interpersonal Neurobiology

Narrative Therapy

Neuro Feedback (Bio Feedback)

Nutritional Planning

Orthomolecular Therapy

P-Roshi

Physical Fitness Therapy

Qigong

Reiki

Relapse Prevention

Relapse Prevention Therapy

Relationship Building Activities

Ropes Course

Sand Play

Shiatsu

Spiritual Counseling

Sober Coaching

Somatic Experiencing (Trauma)

Somato-Emotional-Release Massage

Spirituality & Yoga Therapy

Systemic or Strategic Addiction Family Therapy

Thai Massage

Therapeutic Restaurant Outings

Thought Field Therapy

Trauma Resolution

Vivitrol Treatment for Opiate Addiction

Wilderness survival programs

Wolf Thearpy

Yoga

Zero Balancing

12 Step Groups

Long Stay Programs

Early Recovery Skills

Relapse Prevention Skills

Social Support in Recovery

Addictions Treated in Alcohol and Drug Rehab

Rehabs are probably best know for dealing with two types of addiction, people who are addicted to alcohol, alcoholics, and people who are addicted to drugs, either prescribed or not. People who are addicted to both alcohol and drugs are commonly referred to as dual addicted.

Some rehabs have broadened their scope of what they say addiction means, and offer treatment for a wide variety of addictions, some of which are listed below.

The rehab will take an approach that the individual is what they call an addictive personality, and use the particular addiction as a trigger.

This approach has allowed some rehabs to broaden their scope of who they treat enormously, which has many implications from a business point of view, and has rasied many ethical questions about what addiction really is and what it means, and whether or not some rehabs exploit that.

Alcohol Addiction / Abuse

Bath Salts Abuse

Bulemia

Drugs

Eating Disorders

Food Addiction

Internet Addiction

Love Addictions

Gambling Addiction

Prescription Drugs

Sex Addictions

Self Harm

Shopping Addiction

Smoking Addiction

TV Addiction

Alcohol and Drug Rehab Accreditation and Licensing

Most rehabs recommend, and most people follow, that anyone entering rehab goes to one that is a significant distance away from where they live, either in another state or in another country.

The logic behind this is that rehab is something of a bubble for a period of time, and it is better for the client / patient to be in this bubble away from their normal environment, home, family, work etc.

As a rehab is a clinical facility, and should oversee any medical detox and therapeutic work that needs doing, it is crucially important that you check the local accreditation and licensing requirements for where the rehab is located, and make sure the rehab fully complies.

This is a state by state list in the US where these requirements can be checked

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Columbia ( District)

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louissiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quotes

 

Pray as you can, not as you can’t …….

Dom John Chapman OSB, Downside


‘Before AA, I judged myself by my intentions, while the world was judging me by my actions’

Alcoholics Anonymous, p418, 4ed.


‘The crucial lesson throughout my work is how to hold, contain and sustain people who have suffered immense atrocity and loss. Our society will be judged by how we respond to those to whom we owe nothing.’ – Helen Bamber


‘Run while you have the light of life ….. nobody who walks in the dark knows where he is going ……’

Prologue to Rule of St Benedict, John 12, 34


‘Spirituality, for me, means listening to the deeper levels of our experience with a sense that there is something completely trustworthy and good to be found there. In this listening, many recognise the life-giving presence of God in us, challenging and surprising us with new understanding and insight.’

Tom McGuinness SJ


‘We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves. We are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.’

Thomas Merton


“To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
E.E. Cummings


“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster” – Nietzsche


‘God I give to You all that I am and all that I will be for your healing and direction. Make new this day as I release all my worries and fears, knowing that you are by my side. Please help me to open myself to Your love, to allow Your love to heal my wounds, and to allow Your love to flow through me and from me to those around me. May your will be done this day and always. Amen’

Co-Dependents Anonymous, p37


‘When I stopped living in the problem and began living in the answer, the problem went away.’

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, p419 4ed.


“We found the Great Reality deep down within us.

In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found”

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book p55


” Our book is meant to be suggestive only . We realize we know only a little.”

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, p164


Quotes are a very personal indicator of motivation and inspiration, hopefully you will find at least one of these helpful

Health Insurance and the Cost of Drug and Alcohol Rehab

For some people, the cost of rehab and finding out whether or not their health insurance will pay for it is one of the most stressful aspects of early recovery, both detox and after. Most rehabs are notoriously cagey anout how much they charge – they like you to ring first and talk to them about admission stuff – this is a classic sales hook that unfortunately the majority of rehabs use.

Hazelden, one of the main treatment centers providers, say that they estimate a cost of between $25000 and $30000 for a twenty eight day stay in one of their facilities. A few rehabs that do give make their charges public seem to indicate a similar figure. It is probably a fair assumption to usea working figure of $30000 for a twenty eight / thirty day stay in a residential rehab or treatment center.

There is also the so called luxury rehab market, rehabs often based in Malibu, where a similar period of treatmnet can cost upwards of $80000 for a similar residential stay.

Rehab and Health Insurance

Most rehabs , like hospitals , gear their costing towards health insurance, and use this as a marketing technique in their business model. There are a few things to be wary about.Insurance companies seem to work with rehabs on the basis of agreeing cover for the initial detox , if needed , and then for a few days afterwards.

The insurance company will then agree coverage with the rehab for a further bock of days , and do this on a rolling basis until they reach the twenty eight day / thirty day limit . The reason this is important is because if the insurance company declines to continue cover at any point during that period, either the client becomes liable for the remainder of the cost, or will have to leave rehab as soon as cover expires.

This is potentially damaging to the client for two main reasons. It creates uncertainty in the process, even if the client stays. If the client has to leave early, it distorts the whole recovery program, which will be geared to a twenty eight / thirty day regimen, with a structured discharge and aftercare program as an integral part of the program.

Health Insurance Costs

Even if the residential stay is covered by insurance, there are potentially other costs that need to be taken into account.A rehab may have an arrangement with a local hospital to oversee a medical detox, depending on the initial alcohol and drug assessment.

This may even include staying in the hospital itself for afew days. Check the detox arrangements of the rehab, and make sure all costs , including cost of medications are covered under the insurance plan.

Like all claims made under a health insurance policy, you will also probably have to pay any deductible and co-insurance charges that apply to the policy. If your employer pays for your health insurance, check with the rehab and / or insurance company the position regarding confidentiality both during and after rehab.

As with any health issue, but particularly with respect for treatment for alcoholism or other addictions, it is crucially important that there is clarity as to what the employer is told and by whom. This is also really important if the job or profession is one where an admission of a problem with alcohol or drugs could have a significant impact on their future career.

It is also important in this regard that anyone entering rehab is aware of any legal, moral or professional obligation they may have to tell their employer of their position. It may be appropriate in certain circumstances for them to take legal counsel prior to entry.

Rehab Costs – Additional

The figure quoted above is of $30000 for a twenty eight / thirty day residential stay in a rehab. Whatever the actual cost turns out to be, there will be additional charges or extras to consider. These are normally for things like additional medication and additional therapies, depending on what staff are employed at the rehab

It is just important to clarify at the outset with the rehab what additional costs, if any, there might be and agree them prior to to admission. Often a Christian rehab will charge less for long term accomodation, but it is likely to have conditions attached to it,

Health Insurance and Rehab Credit

Somr rehabs offer their own credit facilities, which should operate on similar terms to other financial institutions. If looking to borrow money from anyone to go into rehab, this should only be done as an absolutely last resort, and all other options should be considered carefully first.

Many many people get clean and sober by going straight to meetings of Alcoholica Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, which are completely free. This should certainly be tried first by anyone considering borrowing money to pay for rehab.

What is a Drug Rehab ?

A drug rehab will have treatment programs that should offer help and support if you or someone you know has a dug problem or addiction. Learn more here about the different types of help available.

Often people looking for a drug rehab will be slightly confused by the terminology and language of a rehab or treatment center, that seems to treat every form of addiction that can be thought of, ranging from alcohol to drugs, food, sex, video games etc.

Most drug rehabs and treatment centres have developed their own addiction treatment programs over time that they apply to any individual who they perceive as having a problem with any type of addiction.This means that they classify people as addictive personalities, who effectively have a drug of choice that can range from alcohol to food to anything else.

This of course can create real problems in terms of understanding what the rehab can offer and whether it is really effective in what it does.It is important to understand this in the context of how a rehab or treatment center sees the nature of addiction and drug addiction specifically.

Depending on the individual and their history, a drug rehab or treatment center should be able to offer significant help in certain aspects and areas of the individuals recovery process.This help and understanding should begin with the admissions process into the drug rehab, and this should give the individual a fairly clear idea as to whether the rehab really understands the nature of their drug addiction.

The drug rehab should be able to take a clear and detailed medical history and should know what questions to ask.

Drug Rehab and Treatment Programs

It is also really important that the drug rehab, apart from anything else, offers a comprehensive risk assessment in terms of withdrawals from any drug that individual may have been using as well as from alcohol or any other substances that individual has used as well.

The drug rehab should have a fully qualified medical staff and clinical facilities able to assess and oversee any medical detox that needs to be done whatever the timeframe.

If the drug rehab does not have such facilities and staff, then it should have arrangements with a local clinical facility, often a hospital, who can do this on their behalf.

Drug Rehab Staff

Most drug rehabs will have their own medical and nursing staff on site, normally 24/7, and this can be a good indication of how experienced the rehab is in dealing with people who have are addicted to various drugs.

A drug rehab is likely to list on its website a wide range of drugs that it can offer help with to people who are addicted to them, or have been recently addicted to them. These will range from things such as cocaine through to heroin through to valium etc.

A more detailed list can be found here, although this is not comprehensive. Many drug rehabs will also offer help with people who have been addicted to prescription drugs, and any substance that may have been used or misused in addition.

Once a drug rehab has assessed whether a medical detox is needed, and such a medical detox has been overseen and undertaken if necessary, then the rehab will initiate the its addiction treatment program.

Such a program is likely to be based on the first five steps of the 12 step program pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous, and adapted by Narcotics Anonymous as part of its own recovery process.

A drug rehab is likely to suggest that the individual attends meetings of Narcotics Anonymous and possibly Alcoholics Anonymous as well as part of its addiction treatment program.

Attendance at such meetings is sometimes mandatory, if not it will be encouraged or is likely to be encouraged very strongly.

It is hoped that attendance at meetings of NA and AA will help ground the individual in an understanding of addiction and what it means, and will be helpful for the individual both whilst in the drug rehab, and much more so once they have left as a form of after-care and support.

What are Rehab facilities?

People who ask or talk about rehab facilities often do so with a understandable but misguided idea that rehab is are a mix between an upmarket hotel and a country club, a sort of retreat with varying degrees of comfort or opportunities.

The reality is that rehabs differ widely in terms of the facilities that they offer to people, and that approach as to how the environment and addiction treatment programs should be offered to any individual who enters an inpatient rehab.

Traditionally, a rehab would treat someone who was an alcoholic or had a problem with alcohol, and their time spent in a rehab would consist of a medical detox if needed, followed by a period of different types of therapeutic treatment, often a mix of 12-step program ideas and meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

There would be a need some type of clinical facility, along with a modicum of comfort and very basic facilities.

The rise of treatment centers and rehabs has meant the growth of this industry, and a white approach that can differ considerably.

The initiators of the treatment center industry tried to strike a balance between providing an environment where the alcoholic could feel safe and secure, along with facilities treated them as someone who was trying to get well, rather than as a  bad person.

Rehab facilities

At the same time, there was a belief that treatment centers and rehabs  needed to be a fairly structured environment, and should be designed to focus the individual fully on their recovery process.

Rehabs and treatment centers take a number of different approaches. Some believe that a rehab should be a fairly spartan place, with very basic facilities and an entirely structured timetable from morning till night.

Some rehabs believe in an incredibly tight grip on what the individual can bring into rehab, and what they can and cannot do whilst there.

This can seem incredibly regulated some people, inevitably attracting some and alienating others.

There has been a growth in recent years of what can be termed luxury rehabs, which take almost an extreme opposite view. They believe that a rehab should essentially be the most serious and pleasant environment that someone can spend their time in, and that this is conducive to aiding in their recovery.

Both these approaches are somewhat of the extreme, and inevitably there are a wide number of different approaches in between.

There is no right and wrong approach to recovery, and every individual should approach a rehab based on what they feel is most appropriate to them.

The rehab facilities that are available should be outlined on the rehabs website, and rehab should be open to discussing what these facilities are, and how they help a client in their 12 step recovery.

 

What is a dual diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term that specifically refers to people who would consider themselves both alcoholics and drug addicts, or people who have had problems with both alcohol and drugs. The term arose mainly in rehabs and treatment centers, and it is important to understand this context.

Initially treatment centers and rehabs treated people who had a problem with alcohol, whether they were turned alcoholics or problem drinkers, or people who had alcohol abuse issues. As this industry grew, people entered rehab who not only had problems with alcohol but with other substances including many narcotic drugs, and various behaviours.

Treatment centers and rehabs quickly picked up on this, and in the specific case of people who have problems with both alcohol and drugs they refer to them as being dual diagnosed. In addition, the rehab industry widened their scope of potential clients or a client base by beginning to define people as an addictive personality.

This meant that  in effect, any individual who had any addiction to any substance or any type of addictive behaviour could be labelled as an addictive personality, and  their particular addiction,  whether substance or behaviour, could be labelled their drug of choice.

Dual diagnosis

There are many people who believe that the terminology employed in the idea of an addictive personality and a drug of choice is simply to enhance the pool of people who can be susceptible to needing to go into treatment.

There are other people who defend the term addictive personality as being  a reasonably good definition of some help an individual who has a number of differing emotional drives and issues which fuel that alcoholism or addiction.

Whatever someone’s take on the term dual diagnosis, in reality it simply means that it refers to someone who has a problem but with alcohol and drugs, or has had a problem with alcohol and drugs and is now clean and sober.

In terms of 12 step recovery, what it really means is that individual will have used both alcohol and drugs at different stages of the alcoholism and addiction, and probably recognises a need to keep clear of both in order to stay clean and sober.

 

Where to get Drug Counselling

Anyone seeking to get drug counselling, either for themselves or someone they know, can often face a bewildering array of information and choices that can be difficult to navigate and fathom.  Drug Counselling is often linked to alcohol counselling, and it can sometimes be difficult to establish who best meets a specific set of needs.

Anyone who has a drug problem and is aware of the need to help can approach a number of different sources initially. This can include meetings of Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous or explore the possibility of going to an inpatient rehab.

There are also likely to be a number of outpatient type rehab facilities available, depending upon where the person lives.

If in addition, the individual is seeking specific drug counselling either as a way of helping them deal with the problem, or as an adjunct to some of the type of recovery and the choices become much wider.

There are a number of people who advertise themselves specifically as alcohol and drug counsellors, there will be a massive number of other counsellors and therapists who do not specifically describe themselves as such, but will have experience in the field of alcohol and drug abuse.

Drug counselling

It is worth the individual establishing initially what help and support they need.

There is a big difference between getting some initial support and advice about how best to deal with a drug problem, to a longer term need some type of therapy or counselling as a way of helping to deal with underlying emotional issues.

It is likely that anyone entering an inpatient rehab will be able to access some type of drug counselling, either on a one-to-one basis or as part of group therapy.

It is also likely that a number of therapists, both in rehab and in private practice themselves what they would refer to as recovering addicts, or recovered addicts.

Going to see a drug counsellor is themselves a recovered recovering addict is likely to either be very attractive to some people, or a big turnoff to other people. It is worth being aware of the issue and seeking clarification from the counsellor themselves what their own statuses regarding any type of previous drug or alcohol abuse

What is a crack addict?

The term crack addict normally refers to someone who is or has been addicted to crack cocaine, but is also used as a slightly disparaging term for anyone who might be deemed to be a type of drug addict who not only uses crack cocaine, but is a continual addict.

Anyone who is or has been a crack addict is likely to have been addicted to one or more drugs that will have had a serious impact on their health, mental, physical, spiritual, sexual etc.

If the individual recognises that our problem they may well seek help, either by entering an inpatient rehab,  seeking some type of therapy or counselling, going to meetings of Narcotics Anonymous or some similar 12-step organisation.

One of the important thing is to understand is the very stages that are involved in the recovery process, wherever it may take place.

First and foremost and most critically is a need for an assessment as to whether or not a medical detox is needed, and the subsequent overseeing of any medical detox that may be needed by experienced and competent clinical staff, in a safe and secure clinical environment.

Crack addict

This might well be done in an inpatient rehab, although there are other clinical facilities for any detox could be assessed and supervised.

Once any medical detox has been done if needed, the main work involved in helping someone stay off any type of addictive substance will largely be of a therapeutic nature. This is true whether it is done in rehab or  in a 12 step organisation, the term therapeutic being used in a very importance.

One of the key elements, perhaps the key element for anyone seeking any type of 12 step recovery is the issue around change.

There is often a perception and a much talked about process of the need to change, both externally and internally.

The need for change may be evident in certain areas of someone’s life, but it should also be remembered for many people change seen as a real threat, not as an opportunity. For anyone who has been an alcoholic or a drug addict, their drinking or using will in many ways have seemed to them a way of holding themselves together rather than as the cause or reason for their problems.

For this reason the issue of change needs to be approached often in a very gentle way, party been given to the creation and provision of a safe environment, in which the individual can develop a degree of safety and as such allow the process of change to begin and take place.

 

Is teen drug abuse dangerous ?

The question of ‘is teen drug abuse dangerous’ should be answered with a pretty emphatic yes, but also needs to be slightly more fully explored this as there can sometimes be a broader question involving alcohol or possibly some other type of substance abuse.

Anyone charged with looking after a teenager or adolescent is likely to be aware of the possibility that they may be susceptible to either being involved with taking drugs or alcohol, or they may hang around with people who are.

One should always be very wary of generalising about the things, but it is also a good idea to highlight one or two things that may be helpful.

Anyone who has response policy for looking after any teenager or adolescent, who suspects that team drug abuse maybe present in their lives, first and foremost has a responsibility to seek help.

This means helpful themselves in terms of how they deal with it, and help for the teenager or adolescent to deal with what is a drug problem.

Teen drug abuse

The stigma of drugs normally does not differentiate between a type of drug, and often includes alcohol.

There are some people who would argue that teenagers  and adolescents will experiment with drugs, alcohol and sex, and the majority of them will grow out of it and lead fairly normal healthy lives.

That is a view that to an extent may be true, but not a view that anyone with responsibility for looking after a child of any sort can actually indulge in.

It is worth having an understanding of the nature of drug abuse and alcohol abuse or alcoholism, and realising that whilst some people it may simply be a phase, for a lot it won’t be, and in fact will be an indication of a much more serious problem in terms of a susceptibility to alcoholism or drug abuse.

The reality is that if a teen drug abuse problem is taken seriously at the outset, and dealt with in a loving and compassionate way, then not only can the life of the teen be straightened out, but also potentially any long-term problems with drugs or alcohol can be addressed early on in their lives.

What are alcoholism symptoms?

People often ask what alcoholism symptoms, often at a way of trying to create a checklist of what constitutes an alcoholic, on the basis that a diagnosis will help confirm  the illness in someone and lead to a recovery.

This approach has been fuelled in many ways by the acceptance in medical circles that alcoholism is an illness, often referred to also as a disease, and inevitably this will lead people to think that because alcoholism is an illness, there are obvious symptoms or signs of it that can be identified and labelled.

The reality of active  alcoholism is much more difficult to define.

Anyone who lives with what has lived with or has been affected by someone else’s alcoholism will either be painfully aware of it, or completely in denial of it.

Often an individual or independent observer would be able to see that someone has a serious problem drink, either by their behaviour or that attempting to cover up their problems, or the inability to see their own truth about the problem.

Alcoholism symptoms

Is worth pondering the recovery process of  Alcoholics Anonymous to have a better understanding of how alcoholism can be understood and processed.

For someone who is an alcoholic themselves, Alcoholics Anonymous offers a wide range of literature details experience of Alcoholics Anonymous, and presents many stories and examples of people who identify as alcoholics.

The stories and people’s personal sharing is give the individual and opportunity, if they so choose, to identify and begin the process of realising that they themselves may be an alcoholic.

Someone who is closely affected by another person’s alcoholism, either family or friends, then there is a separate concept organisation known as Al-Anon which will help the individual break out of that and measurement with the alcoholic or the alcoholic family and begin the process of re-establishing their lives as a separate person.

Once this process has started, then it is more likely the individual will gain some type of objectivity about the individual drinking and their alcoholism.

It is also were saying that Alcoholics Anonymous, along with other organisations, produces a wide range of literature that tries to explain alcoholism that is specifically geared to people who are not themselves alcoholics, but may well come into contact with people you are and who seek help.

 

What is Chemical Dependency ?

Chemical dependency is a term that has come to be used with reference to almost any type of substance abuse or addiction to alcohol/drugs etc.

The original sense of addiction in the context of a 12-step recovery was an addiction to alcohol, normally referred to as alcoholism.

As an understanding that alcoholism was an illness grew in medical and therapeutic circles, treatment centers and rehabs began to treat people who they referred to as being dual diagnosed, that is that they had an addiction to some type of drug as well as a problem with alcohol.

Since then rehab’s and treatment centers have broadened their concept of addiction treatment programs to essentially deal with anyone who had any type of addiction, to any type of substance or behaviour.

This approach certainly has its critics, many will argue that seeing the individual as an addictive personality, and their chemical dependency or behaviour is simply a drug of choice is highly oversimplistic.

Chemical dependency

At the same time, most people who have had any dealings with anyone who is an alcoholic or addict, either active or in recovery, will happily testify that they have significant personality and identity problems that have undoubtedly fuelled that alcoholism or addiction.

The linkage between chemical dependency and addiction and rehabs is one that is important to seek an context.

It is very easy for someone unfamiliar with the world of  12-step recovery who is confronted with someone who has a terrible addiction to simply follow the dictates of a particular rehab or treatment center.

Sometimes time is of the essence, and it is often essential to get someone into a rehab or some type of detox program so that the health can be stabilised, at least in the short term.

The process of recovery from any type of addiction or alcoholism, in the context of 12 step recovery, can be done either in a rehab or by going to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or another 12 step organisation.

This process of 12 step recovery is by necessity a long-term process, and one undertaken by someone who had at some level either acknowledged their chemical dependency and are willing to try and deal with it, or are willing to acknowledge the life is a complete disaster and are willing to try and change it, even if they don’t know why.