Welcome to November’s edition of Love Recovery. This month we have chosen to focus on; Blocks, Therapy & Support. ECR has a team of expert professionals who can help recognise and work with people to get the best treatment for those that are in recovery. In this edition, we will be hearing from Sonja & Lester discussing these important topics.
Adam’s journey to success
My name is Adam and I am a Trainee Support Worker here at East Coast Recovery. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to be a part of a team that offered me love, care, support and guidance from the moment I arrived. Having been in addiction for 15 years, not knowing why I continued to repeat the same mistakes over and over again, it was a relief to learn about the disease of addiction and to experience recovery by being shown a solution to the illness which was killing me.
Recovery has enabled me to be comfortable within myself and as a result, my relationships with my family & friends are being repaired and are continuing to grow from strength to strength. I always knew I was more than my addiction but couldn’t find a way out. East Coast Recovery opened the door to a life which that I could never have imagined. All I had to do was ask for help and follow in the footsteps of the men and women which had gone before me.
I now have freedom from the pain and misery of my past and I have discovered a new energy and enthusiasm for life which I know is possible for anybody that wants it.
Recovery maintenance post rehab
Many trained professionals would suggest that opioid addiction is a chronic drug and therefore treatment must be continuous. If an addict has been through a treatment programme, it is important to remember that “recovery” doesn’t come to a halt. While In treatment at ECR we teach the methods of the 12 Step intertwined with CBT therapy, Neuroscience, and therapeutic methods to help people understand what addiction is and why someone is demonstrating these traits. It is important that recovery becomes a part of life and is a part of day to day living; we speak to many people who regularly attend meetings, practice the 12 Step at home and manage to live a “normal life”. This is because they recognise that recovery is essential. Some ex-clients will seek regular counseling to maintain what they have already learned about addiction. all recovery plans are specific to the individual and engaging with family, friends and external support services will be a positive force in long-term recovery.
Questions for Facebook live
We’re always looking for new topics to discuss on a live platform, if you have any questions then please get in touch and we will try and answer over the next few live episodes.
Sonja discusses blocks into recovery
Blocks into recovery come In many forms, I see this daily in my role, the most common blocks are;
- Fears of change and the unfamiliar
- Daily life such as; employment, relationships, and family
- People believe that they’re not good enough
- Fear of the 12 Step
- Think there is “another way”
In general, it’s all about separation, people suffering from drug/alcohol issues will do everything they can to separate themselves from others making themselves an exception to the rule. In the “Big Book” it states that an alcoholic doesn’t turn into a safe drinker, this is the same for addicts I have never seen a drug addict turn into a safe user. Addicts and alcoholics seem to be in a delusion that they are enjoying their life of using and drinking, however when they are confronted and speak honestly and openly about how they feel, the reality of their painful experiences’ come to the surface.
Blocks are about a mental state as an addict can’t see the truth from the false about themselves. Delusion is the big block and the way to overcome this is to engage with a strong recovery community and access all the help available.
The most amazing loving place with people that truly care about each individual. I was broken when I arrived, by the time I left I had so much knowledge about my disease and tools to help me keep my sobriety. Eternal thanks to all of you for helping me with getting my life back.
Social circles post rehab
Rehabilitation can lead to wonderful things and endless possibilities that were once thought out of reach. Preparing for life post-rehab can be daunting, but once the mind is clear, with the right support people can live a life of sobriety. The most common feelings that someone may feel are; boredom, loneliness & helplessness, this is normal because as someone progresses through treatment their wants, needs and social interactions change. Remember there are lots of non-alcohol & drugs-related activities available to engage with such as ;
- Join a gym
- Play sports
- Go to the cinema
- Interact with your “recovery community”e.g. people in treatment at the same time.
- Engage with new work colleagues
- Create a daily routine
- Attend fellowship meetings
Community treatment or residential care?
- Requires willpower from people with addicted personalities
- Detoxing in an environment which could be a contributing factor to their addiction
- Unknown support network
- Limited therapy from external sources
- Is there any recovery knowledge provided?
- Surrounded by trained people to help facilitate recovery
- A structured environment where temptation is managed
- Living in a clean, sober environment
- Interaction with expert professionals who will help address the reason why the brain turns to drugs/alcohol
- 24 hour supported care
- Recovery focused addressing individual needs
- Aftercare treatment available