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The Road to Recovery

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY DO YOU HAVE A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH DRUGS OR ALCOHOL? IT'S TIME TO FOLLOW THIS ROAD TO RECOVERY. НОME SWEET •HOME• DISCOVERY • Drugs and alcohol are affecting work or school performance ADMIT IT • Relationships with family and friends are strained • They are in trouble with the law • Recognize that substance abuse has become a problem INTERVENTION Many who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction are in a denial that a problem exists and may be unable or unwilling to recognize the negative consequences addiction imposes on not only themselves, but their loved ones. In many cases, a friend, loved one, or co-worker may recognize the problem first and offer their support. Agree that the problem needs to be addressed • Gather family and friends together • Contact an interventionist to facilitate the intervention • Have a treatment plan in place immediately following Open up to friends and family about it Someone may recognize they have a problem with drugs or alcohol on their own, or with the help of a loved one. This can come from realizing they are reliant on the substance or that it is negatively affecting other areas of their lives such as their the intervention Interventions are designed to assist an individual in coming to terms with the reality of their addiction and provide them with a treatment plan to help them achieve sobriety. Utilizing the assistance of an interventionist can help alleviate stress and keeps the intervention on track, ensuring action quickly follows its conclusion. relationships. It is important to have a strong support network during this time. DOCTORS DETOX ACCEPT HELP THE • Go "cold-turkey" to allow chemicals to leave the body CLINIC • Seek medical attention Check into a detox center • Accept offered advice • Progress onto treatment Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can be a painful and uncomfortable process and the discomfort experienced can increase the likelihood of a relapse. Also, depending on the substance, detox can cause life threatening side effects. In order to alleviate symptoms of withdrawal, address any potential health risks and reduce the risk of relapse, a medically supervised detox may be recommended. Accepting help is essential in recover- ing from addiction. The risk of losing a job, a spouse, family and friends, or their freedom can often be the driving force that pushes someone to accept the help they need. TREATMENT • Consider the options • Choose the right treatment program Selecting an appropriate treatment program is an essential part of an effective recovery. Attending support groups, going "cold-turkey" or checking into a rehabilitation facility are only some of many options available. The effectiveness of each depends on the unique needs of each individual, the type of addiction and the extent to which it has progressed. RESIDENTIAL REHAB • Live in a sober environment for at least 90 days • Undergo individual, group and family therapy sessions • Learn healthy coping skills to prepare for a life after treatment SOBER LIVING It is recommended that individuals attend a residential treatment program for 90 days to 6 months. By removing themselves from their home environment and participating in individual therapy, group therapy and counseling, individuals are able to build a support network of sober peers and develop healthy coping mechanisms to enjoy a life free from substance abuse. • Live at home or in a sober living environment while still attending therapy and group sessions • Practice the tools learned in treatment in a less structured setting Depending on the individual, sober living or outpatient treatment may be the first step in recovery or it can serve as a transition from a structured residential treatment environment back into real life. Aftercare or sober living environments provide an additional level of support and a community of sober peers helping newly sober individuals when they return to their normal lives. ENJOY LIFE • Continue to avoid substance abuse triggers • Attend support groups and seek support from friends and family • Enjoy the new possibilities a sober life provides Sober College Rehab Redefined TM After the completion of a recovery program, an individual is better prepared to live free from addiction. They know how to avoid triggers and have the tools to cope with stressors. And by participating in support groups, they are surrounded by people invested in them and their hopes to live a successful, sober - and ideally, a fun - life. If you or someone you know is ready to take a chance at sobriety, a chance at change, and a chance at enhancing the enjoyment of life, visit: or call 877-633-5910

The Road to Recovery

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Do you have a friend or family member who has a problem with drugs or alcohol? It's time to follow this road to recovery. This infographic explains some of the necessary steps required towards a he...


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