Introduction: Dealing With Addiction
Addiction is an issue affects people from all walks of life. Not only is the addict affected, those people close to the addict will feel the destruction of addictive behavior. The following tips have been compiled to give you information about different addictions and how you can begin your recovery.
Some of the tips included in here include:
- The importance of understanding what addiction is all about.
- Understanding the stages of addiction and the stages of recovery.
- Information about the detox process.
- Information about treatment programs.
- How you can get the most out of treatment programs.
- The importance of personal goals.
- The importance of finding balance in your life.
- Dealing with denial.
- Getting fit both physically and mentally.
- The importance of finding your own personal power.
Tip #1: Understand Addictions
Addictions eventually catch up with you and change your life in such a way that you will have to face the fact that you need help. Recovering from addictions usually happens once you have hit the bottom and finally realize that you need help from outside sources so that you can lead a life that is addiction free. There are many types of addictions that will have a devastating affect on your life.
Addictions, and recovery from them, require that you actively seek help from a source other than yourself. You may want to start by consulting with your family doctor or with an addictions counselor. This is a good place to start since it will be important to access both your emotional and your physical behavior as they are related to your addictions and your substance abuse. You and your doctor will need to decide what is going to work best for you in order that you stop using your drug of choice. It won’t matter what your type of addiction is since all addictions require the same amount of professional help and support.
There are several different types of addictions that you may or may not already be aware of. Addictions include:
- alcohol abuse
- food addictions
- marijuana abuse
- relationship addictions
- sex addictions
- gambling addictions
There are also many other recovery programs that you can choose from that do not follow the 12-Step program. These non–12-Step programs include Rational Recovery, SMART, and Women for Sobriety. You will need to decide what type of recovery program is going to work best for you. The important thing is that you are determined to beat all your addictions.
Tip #2: Understanding Addiction
People become addicted to many types of substances. Many people become addicted to medications and other substances. There are some substances that are more addictive than others. For instance, drugs like heroin are so addictive and it can take it only one or two uses before a person is addicted.
A person who is addicted to cocaine has grown so used to the drug that they feel they can’t live without it. Addiction can be physical, psychological, or both.
Physical addiction is when a person has become physically dependent on a substance.
Over time a person will build up a tolerance to that substance, so that they need a larger dose so that they get the same effects. When an addict who is physically addicted to a substance stops using they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal can be much like having the flu and include symptoms such as the shakes, diarrhea, and weakness.
Tip #3: Defining Alcoholism
Alcoholism is the most researched type of addiction. Many people who have an alcohol addiction will go through a long phase of denial since drinking is, in most cases, socially acceptable. Many people think that it’s okay to unwind at the end of the day with a drink in hand.
Drinking, however, can cause big problems:
- deterioration of the body
- A decrease in work performance.
- emotional problems
- feelings of isolation
Tip #4: Defining Drug Addiction
One way that drug addiction is different from other addictions is that it involves an illegal substance. This automatically puts the addict into a different realm of addiction. However, the addiction factor is just the same as other addictions but has the added risk of the law involvement. There is often a serious financial down fall that surrounds the drug addict because drugs are expensive.
Some of the problems associated with drug addiction include:
- deterioration of the body
- emotional difficulties
- deterioration of friendships and relationships
Tip #5: Defining Porn and Internet Addiction
Porn and Internet addicts can easily access their addictions without little financial risk. These addicts are able to get their “fix” anonymously since the world of computers has made this possible. Porn and Internet addiction doesn’t have the same physical effects that other addictions do but it removes the addict emotionally from those around them. This can have a huge negative impact on relationships as the addict spends more and more time finding escape and satisfaction in the illusions on the Internet.
Tip #6: Defining Gambling Addiction
A gambling addiction can go unnoticed by others but the end result can be catastrophic and will end in financial ruin. Many addicts who have a gambling addiction become highly suicidal once they feel that there is no solution to the financial problems they have created. One of the biggest problems with a gambling addiction is that it can be very embarrassing and overwhelming and therefore the addict will hide their addiction long after they should have sought help.
Tip #7: Believe that Recovery is Possible
Freedom from addictions is often referred to as “recovery”. There are many temporary solutions for freedom from addictions but there are really only two ways to permanently overcome addictions.
One of the most common methods of overcoming addictions is to be firm with the practice of abstinence. This means that you completely stop using your drug of choice so that you have no way to continue to feed addictions. This means that the alcoholic can never have another drink and that the gambling addict can never again go to a casino or other place where any type of gambling action takes place.
This method of abstinence, however, won’t work with food addictions since you cannot stop eating.
Wanting to give up your addictions is one thing, but to actually to follow through with abstinence is usually very difficult for an addict. Many addicts think that they can continue with their addictions but to only use their drug of choice in a moderate manner. For most people with addictions this is only a dream and wishful thinking. Full recovery from addictions for most addicts will mean a lifetime of abstinence from their drug of choice.
For those addicts with addictions that can be controlled by limiting the drug of choice in a moderate manner, there is the realistic goal those addictions can be overcome permanently. These types of addictions include food addictions, shopping addictions, and sexual addictions. The addict will need to decide how much moderation they need to exercise before their addictions take over with addictive behavior once again. This is the path of recovery from addictions.
Tip #8: Signs of Addiction
The most obvious indication of an addiction is the addict’s need to have a particular drug or other substance. However, there are many other signs that can suggest that there is an addiction. This can include weight loss, weight gain, or changes in mood.
Look for the signals that someone you know may have an alcohol or drug addiction. Some of these signals can include:
- using alcohol or drugs to relax
- using alcohol or drugs to forget about problems
- loss of interest in those activities that were once important
- keeping secrets from friends and family
- withdrawing and wanting to spend more time alone
- missing school and unexplained absences
- falling grades
- different friendships that aren’t always healthy
- spending time finding ways to get drugs or alcohol
- stealing money
- stealing items and selling them for cash
- failed attempts at addiction recovery
- mood changes
Tip #9: Addictions Don’t Start Overnight
Addictions don’t start overnight and therefore won’t disappear overnight either. Most addicts don’t recover from addictions by following just one step. Successful recovery from addictions means starting recovery at one point in the addiction and working hard at maintaining a level of transformation of change. This transformation involves changes in relationships, actions, and behaviors.
Recovery from addictions is a very personal experience for each addict as they make changes in their lifestyle and work towards a life free from addictions.
Addiction and recovery are a long process and not a single event. This means that you need to remember that it may take some time to enter the recovery phase. Although everyone, including the addict, will be impatient for recovery, it’s important that the steps of recovery are not rushed. The more that the addict and their family understand about the recovery process the better chances there are for a full time recovery.
Tip #10: Understand the Stages of Recovery
There are five stages involved in the recovery from addictions. An addict must work their way through each of these recovery stages before moving on to the next stage of recovery.
Following are the five stages of recovery:
- Stage one: Awareness and early acknowledgement. This stage is where addicts admit that they have addictions.
- Stage two: Consideration and incubation. In this stage there is further increased acknowledgment about the addict’s addictions. Addicts will start to understand the importance of abstinence or moderation in the treatment of addictions and begin moving in the direction of really wanting to make the process of recovery work for them.
- Stage three: Working towards early recovery activity. This is the stage where the addict moves beyond the denial of addiction and is ready to consider some form of therapy or recovery program.
- Stage four: Beginning rehabilitation. Addicts learn skills to fight their addictions and learn new behaviors. They will learn the skills that they need to change their old habits as well as develop new relationships that are healthy and take them away from the old normal into a new normal.
- Stage five: Maintenance of recovery. At this stage recovery from addictions is almost complete. Addicts need to realize that even though they have reached the final stage of recovery they always need to be aware of their addictions for many years to come. Addicts need to understand they will always have to stay on top of their addictive behavior.
Tip #11: Tell Others You Want to Quit
If you have a drug addiction and want to quit, start by telling your friends about your decision. Your true friends will understand and respect the personal decision that you have made for yourself. You may have to leave behind old friends if they are constantly trying to get you back into the drug scene.
Addiction is considered to be a disease that is threefold:
Recovery is a balancing of the physical and the emotional. Once you are in recovery it’s important that you stay in touch with other people who have good recovery. Avoid hanging out with people who having trouble staying clean and sober.
Taking action will get you closer to your goal of recovery but you’ll have to make sure that the actions that you take are taking you in the right direction. This doesn’t mean that you should neglect what is already working well for you. It does mean that you need to focus your action in the direction where you’re going to see the most progressive results. Learn to be flexible in your behavior so that you are ready to take advantage of all opportunities that come your way. Keep checking to make sure that your action is taking closer to your goals. When you make these frequent checks to your actions, and how they relate to your goals, you’ll be able to stay on track.
Tip #12: Ask Family and Friends to be There for You
Ask your family and friends to be there for you when you need them. Be prepared to wake someone during the night when you feel that you need to talk. Don’t handle things on your own when you can reach out to those people who love you and want.
Develop your own mission statement. Businesses come up with a mission statement that defines their goals and purpose. It’s important that you do the same thing. If you had to sum up your life purpose in a single sentence, what would it be? Take some time to define your own personal mission so that you are as clear as possible about where you are going and how you are going to get there.
Tip #13: Internalizing those External Elements
Addictions are often the result of poor self esteem and an inability to face emotions and feelings head on. We seem to have a hard time just interpreting internal cues. Instead, our common response to internal cues is to add to them through our senses. For example, we may be worried that our boss is about to fire us because we turned in work late. Rather than acting on that emotional state, we start to build on our internal cues with the steadiness of a child playing with Lego blocks. We imagine being fired. We may even hear the boss’s voice as we are told not to return. We magnify the situation – instead of being fired in the manager’s office, we picture our supervisor screaming at us in the lobby, with everyone watching. We imagine all the other things we have done wrong at work and we start to see our manager as a terrible person, a completely unfair person.
From a simple worry we proceed quickly to complete panic and terror of losing our job – something that may not even happen!
Tip #14: Understanding Emotions
Many addicts tend to see internal cues – and by extension, the outside world – in primary colors rather than in many shades of possibility. In fact, some research has suggested that we tend to use the same few words over and over again to describe our states. This practically guarantees that we will stay in a rut and react badly. Addicts need to get out of this rut during their recovery. If in our vocabulary we have no way of saying “uncomfortable” but we say “angry” all the time, we are not only not acknowledging what our internal cues are – we are actually changing them. Say “I am angry” enough times, and the small twinge of annoyance you feel really will start to feel like something bigger.
Addicts need to take advantage of all the recovery assistance that they can. This means:
- Going to 12-Step programs
- Attending support groups and lectures
- Educate themselves about addictions
Tip #15: The “Internal” Stage of Addiction
“Internal Change” is the first stage of addiction. During this stage people are aware of their changes in mood when they are involved with their addiction. They recognize that their mood improves and they feel as though they can escape their problems. They turn to their addiction more and more when they are feeling emotionally unwell. It is during this first stage that people become dependent on their addiction.
Tip #16: The “Life Style Change” Stage of Addiction
The “Life Style Change” is the second stage of addiction. During this change the person starts to build their life around their addiction. They are out of control when it comes to their behaviors and emotions. They will do anything to get that drink or drug, eat that food, or be online. They manage and arrange their life around their addiction. And when they are not involved with their addiction they are constantly thinking about it.
Tip #17: The “Life Breakdown” Stage of Addiction
The “Life Breakdown” stage is the final stage of addiction. During this stage the addict finds that nothing is working for them. They believe that nothing is their fault. They think that everything would be alright if they were just left alone by friends and family. The addict will become very moody and emotional, making them very difficult to communicate with.
Tip #18: Recovery Takes Time
Recovering from addictions takes time, determination, and the profound belief that life is better without addictions. Every addict will recover at their own pace based on their own emotional and physical reliance on their drug of choice.
Overcoming addictions requires the help of family, friends, and a professional with experience in recovery from addictions.
One thing to keep in mind: Your values are a part of who you are and what you think. Just as you need to remain true to your beliefs, you also need to stand firm with your values. Much of your success in addiction recovery will be determined by your core set of values. Remember that it’s your own values that make you different from other people and that will help you learn to like and love yourself again. Take your strong values and use them to express who you are and what you represent.
Tip #19: Alcohol Addiction – Saying “No” to Invitations
If you are recovering from alcohol addiction you’ll have to say no to those social invitations to events where there will be alcohol. Learn to plan your activities around events that are alcohol free so that you aren’t faced with cravings.
Tip #20: The Negative Role of Anxiety and Depression
Feelings of anxiety and depression will play a negative role in whatever addiction you are battling. When you are anxious or depressed you are more at risk in taking an active role in your addiction. These negative emotions can be hard for the addict to manage. These will be the times when you turn to your addiction for relief from feelings that you don’t want to feel.
Any treatment for addiction will pay close attention to teaching the addict how to deal with feelings of anxiety and depression.
Tip #21: Have a Plan
Have a plan for what to do if you find yourself in a place where there are drugs or alcohol. No matter how far you are in the recovery process there will be times when you are tempted to give in. Have numbers handy of family and friends who you can call when you know that you need to get out of certain situations.
Many addicts keep what is called an “emotional file maintenance” plan:
- Write down your wish list of goals and dreams.
- Write a list of what you have accomplished in the past year.
- Learn time management tools so that you are focused each day.
- Keep a journal with you at all times where you can write down your thoughts and feelings. Throw this list away at the end of each day so that you don’t hold on to negative emotions.
- Write a list of recovery goals.
- Write down some of your past experiences and how you felt about them.
This is a good opportunity to work through some personal past issues.
Tip #22: The Factor of Compulsion and Obsession
Every addict will become obsessed with their addiction. After some time, nothing will be as important as this addiction. Everything else will be less of a priority including family, friends, work, and personal health. The addict will constantly repeat the behavior that is part of their addiction without regard to consequences.
A note on negative action: Negative action comes in many forms. When you think and act in even the smallest negative way you’re setting yourself up for negative results.
Only you are responsible for the changes in your personal life. Only you have the power to make decisions for yourself that are going to cause positive changes in your life. All that information that you learn won’t do you any good if it remains just information in your head. You need to take responsibility and make the changes necessary to change your personal life and the outcome of your recovery program.
Tip #23: Treatment is a Lifelong Commitment
Recovery from drug addictions is a long and usually complex, life changing process. Most people that have drug addictions will have to seek some type of professional help if they are to be successful in overcoming their addictions. There are many professionals who are well trained and specialized in the treatment of drug addictions.
Treatment specialists for drug addictions are there to help the addict through the painful period of detoxification as well as to help the addict to understand and change old habits. Treatment of drug addictions also requires help for the addict when it comes to coping with the many situations that will arise as they battle their addiction and fight relapse. There are many things that can cause people with drug addictions to want to slip back into the pattern of using drugs. Addicts need to be aware of how the following things will affect their drug treatment: their environment, current and previous relationships, social situations, and their own personal memories.
Serenity is a big part of the recovery process. Serenity can be achieved by:
- Silence and quality time alone
Tip #24: Detox is Compulsory
The first step in treating drug addictions is detoxification. The drug addict will need to enter three different phases of detoxification. The first of these is the medical phase, where a doctor is needed to help with the beginning detoxification and to make sure that the detoxification is done in a safe manner.
The second phase of detoxification is physical. The addict’s body will go through a stage where the drug of choice is no longer being supplied. Once the drugs have stopped entering the body the addict will have to work hard to work through the physical withdrawals from the drug. The third phase of detoxification is the emotional phase. This is one of the most difficult things about overcoming drug addictions. Most recovering addicts will need the help of a counselor or other type of support group to help them through this phase of detoxification.
The most important thing when it comes to overcoming drug addictions is to be aware of the addiction itself as being something outside of the addict and not a part of their internal makeup and personality.
Tip #25: Successful Detox
Drug detox is the process of ridding the body of all and any toxins that are present have a short or extended period of drug abuse. There are many programs available that deal with drug detox in a variety of manners. If you are ready to take part in a drug detox program you should consult your doctor and find out what programs are available and which one will work best for you.
Drug Detox isn’t an easy process and is one that will take several months to complete. One of the first things that will happen during drug detox is that the body goes through a severe withdrawal period as it flushes the drug or drugs out of your system. This withdrawal period is often described as the “discontinuation period” as the body discontinues the use of the drug. Once the drug has been discontinued your body and mind will continue to withdraw from the drug in different ways. Drug detox affects everyone differently and you should be prepared for a variety of symptoms as you learn to live without the use of drugs.
Tip #26: Detox takes Time
Drug detox will take some time for you to complete and will largely depend on (1) the types of drugs that you have taken, (2) the length of time that you have been taking the drug, and (3) your own personal behavior. If you are one of those individuals that have taken more than one type of drug you should be prepared to experience drug detox that is more complicated than that of a single drug user.
Different programs will handle drug detox in different ways but the general idea is the same: to rid the body of harmful toxins and remnants of the drug. Many drug detox centers are simply there to help you deal with the physical discomforts that will occur as your body adjusts to not having the drug present. Other drug detox centers will help you deal with the mental and behavioral changes that are taking place.
No matter what type of a drug detox that you decide is right for you, keep in mind that your own withdrawal process is different from that of everyone else. Be persistent and make sure that you have medical supervision and advice throughout your drug detox program.
Tip #27: Using Rapid Detox
Rapid detox is the process of ridding the body of drugs that are highly addictive. Highly addictive drugs, such as Methadone and heroin, are rapidly purging from the body so that the drug addict can begin a program of drug rehabilitation. Rapid detox must be done under medical supervision under the care of a doctor and medical team.
Rapid detox is often done through a procedure that is known as “reversal”. During this rapid detox procedure the individual is put under a general anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. After the reversal procedure is complete the person is put onto a drug detox program to handle the symptoms of behavioral withdrawal. It is recommended that after rapid detox is complete the person undergo counseling to deal with behavior modification.
Tip #28: The Procedure of Rapid Detox
The procedure of rapid detox is very simple. The person, under general anesthetic, is given medications that will flush the narcotic from the body’s system. Because of this sudden flushing the person will experience immediate withdrawal symptoms. This is why, during rapid detox, the person is kept unconscious so that they don’t experience the severe pain of immediate withdrawal. After the narcotics have been flushed from the body the person is give one of two types of drugs to help accelerate the process of the withdrawal period. The two safe drugs that are used during rapid detox are Naloxone and Naltrexone. The process of Naltrexone reduces the normal withdrawal period of six to seven days down to 6 or 7 hours.
Using the rapid detox procedure the person is kept unconscious for several hours to avoid the symptoms of withdrawal. It is important that after the rapid detox procedure is complete the person begins a program of drug abuse counseling so that they can deal with the many issues that occur after an addiction is ended.
After rapid detox there will be harsh behavior modifications that need to be met and understood by the person who is recovering from addiction. They will need to consult their doctor and continue to seek counseling that is available through many drug centers.
Tip #29: Alcohol Detox
Alcohol detox is available for those people who are addicted to alcohol and want to give up their addiction. Alcohol detox is a treatment that is available for alcoholics and is the process of ridding the body of alcohol. Once the alcohol is out of the body’s system the person must undergo further treatment by seeking counseling and help in changing the behaviors that exist during alcohol abuse.
Tip #30: Alcohol Detox and Physical Symptoms
Alcohol detox deals with the physical symptoms of withdrawal that are present when a person denies their body of alcohol that has become a daily part of life.
Once the person has undergone alcohol detox they are ready to begin a treatment program that will help them recover from alcohol abuse. The craving for alcohol will never leave an alcohol and therefore after the alcohol detox is complete the person will have to begin a lifelong behavior change that they will need to want to maintain in order to be successful.
Alcohol detox must be done under the care of a medical doctor and is usually done in a medical center that specializes in alcohol detox. If a person attempts alcohol detox on their own the result can be disastrous since they need to have medical care to help them deal with the symptoms of withdrawal. An alcohol detox medical center has the knowledge and experience to safely treat alcohol addiction and withdrawal.
Tip #31: The Process of Alcohol Detox
Alcohol detox is a different process for every individual and will vary each time. There are several symptoms of alcohol detox that the person will be made aware of by their doctor. These symptoms include nausea and vomiting, sweating, hand and arm tremors, trouble sleeping, anxiety, rapid pulse, physical discomfort, agitation and frustration, and in extreme cases of withdrawal, hallucinations.
When a person begins the program of alcohol detox they will be made aware of what to expect and be give advice and medical care during the entire process. Recovering from alcohol abuse will time, patience, and determination. Under the care of a caring medical staff the procedure of alcohol detox is as gentle as possible.
Tip #32: Liver Detox Explained
Liver detox is something that you’ll want to think about once every couple of years so that you can properly cleanse your body of impurities and toxins or when you are battling an addiction. Liver detox means that you are cleaning your body of toxins and impurities that have been in your body over a long period of time. Liver detox is done by many people each year and has proven effective in boosting your body’s immune system and maintaining your overall general health.
Tip #33: Liver Detox of Alcohol Addiction
Liver detox cleanses your body of the toxins that have accumulated in your body from alcohol addiction as well as from the things that you eat as well as from the environment around you. Every day you are exposed to any number of toxins that are present in everything from the air that you breathe to the water that you drink.
These toxins are stored in your liver and can be the cause of many medical conditions and problems. A liver detox will cleanse your liver, as well as other organs in your body, and help you to lead a healthier lifestyle. One of the things that you will want to make sure that you concentrate on after you have completed a liver detox is eating a diet that is sufficient in dietary fiber. Dietary fiber will help to cleanse your digestive tract. This ensures that the harmful substances that your body doesn’t need to absorb are quickly removed from your body instead of stored in the liver.
A liver detox will cleanse your body of the things that you put into it as well as the things that you expose yourself to. Some of these toxic things include alcohol, deep fried foods, bug sprays, exhaust fumes, and pollution. All of these substances can put undue stress onto your liver and create health problems now and in the future. This is the time that you should consider a liver detox. When your liver is stressed it is unable to clear the toxins from your body in an effective manner. When your body is stressed you will find that you are short of energy and that you are often sick with small ailments such as the flu and a cold. Consult your doctor about a liver detox program.
Tip #34: Detox Centers
A detox center is a medical facility that deals with the detoxification of the body after it as been exposed to and abused by a number of different substances. A detox center helps people with addictions to seek the medical help that they need so that they can live a life free of substance abuse.
Tip #35: Detox Centers for Substance Abuse
There are many different types of detox centers and each detox center will have a different function and role in the detox process. There will usually be a medical doctor present for each detox procedure that takes place in the detox center. A medial staff is there to assist the addict in rapidly detoxing from the substance of abuse and to make the process as pain free as possible. When a person enters a detox center they are usually doing so under the advice of their doctor. Most detox centers will only take a patient that has been referred by a medical doctor.
A detox center is available for a variety of substance abuse problems. These problems can include alcohol abuse, narcotic abuse, and chemical dependency.
Many times a person will enter a detox center and have multiple addictions that need to be dealt with. In these circumstances a detox center will usually deal with all of the addictions so that the person can cleanse their body of all toxic substances at one time.
The more addiction that a person has when they enter a detox center the longer it will take for the substance of abuse to be flushed from the body and the more counseling and therapy a person will need once the detox center has helped them through the withdrawal of their addiction.
Tip #36: Detox Center Procedures
When a person enters a detox center they will have to sign papers that give the detox center permission to give medical treatment for the person’s addiction.
They should be prepared to stay at the detox center for anywhere from a several days to a few weeks. Many detox centers will provide immediate and long term counseling to their patients. Depending on what substance a person is entering the detox center for they can be assured that an experienced medical staff is there to help them every step of the way.
Tip #37: Detox Programs
A detox program is a method of ridding your body of toxic substances so that you promote better health and vitality. There is a detox program for nearly type of substance abuse and toxic substance that you can think of. Each detox program will be different according to what type of toxins you are trying to flush from your body. If you have an addiction to alcohol or a narcotic you will be able to conduct your detox program in a medical center under the care of a doctor and medical staff. If you are trying to rid your body of toxins that have accumulated as a result of what you have eaten, or of environmental issues, you will be responsible for your own detox program.
Tip #38: Choosing a Detox Program
What type of detox program that you need will depend on what your symptoms are and what you are trying to cleanse. One of the things that you may be trying to accomplish is the cleansing of your circulatory system. There are many things that contribute to the evidence of toxic substances in your blood and in your veins, arteries, and capillaries. When you have faulty digestion the waste from your foods will form a lining on your arteries that hinders the structure of the cells that need proper nutrition. It is this lining that keeps your arteries and veins from getting the proper nutrition that they need to be healthy. After a period of time these arteries and veins will become hard and will be unable to contract or expand as they once did so easily. There is the danger that these veins and arteries will become breakable and brittle, causing severe medical problems. You want to think of a detox program long before you have permanent damage from toxins in your body.
Tip #39: Detox for Health
Other detox programs are available for your body and include a detox program for the kidneys, colon, and liver. It is important that your body function smoothly and be able to flush out the toxins in your body through the liver, kidneys, and colon. Any detox program will help you to cleanse these organs of your body so that you are able to experience better health and vitality.
Tip #40: Addiction to Oxycontin and Detox
Oxycontin detox involves the detoxification of Oxycontin from the body. Oxycontin is the name of a narcotic that is used to treat severe pain. Since Oxycontin is a narcotic it is highly addictive and should only be taken under the strict guidance of a doctor. Oxycontin detox is necessary after someone has overused the narcotic for a medical health reason.
Tip #41: Oxycontin Detox Procedures
Oxycontin detox occurs when a patient has been using Oxycontin to treat a medical condition and has become addicted to the daily use of the narcotic. Oxycontin is usually used to treat pain that is associated with terminal cancer, dental pain, postoperative pain, some types of chronic pain, and some cases of postpartum depression. Oxycontin is a narcotic that is available in both pill and liquid form. It is usually prescribed by a doctor to be taken once every 6 hours. Oxycontin detox can be complicated since Oxycontin is made from an opium derivative and can cause addictive behavior.
The active ingredients that can be found in Oxycontin are Percocet and Percodan, both which are used to combat pain. When Oxycontin is used it affects the pain receptors in the brain, dulling the feeling of pain. Oxycontin detox becomes necessary when a patient becomes dependent on the drug to get through the day.
Patients who need Oxycontin detox have often abused the drug by taking more than one dose at a time or taking larger amounts for a long period of time. A doctor needs to prescribe Oxycontin and will also need to help the patient slowly stop the drug since it shouldn’t be stopped all of a sudden.
Tip #42: Where to find Oxycontin Detox
Oxycontin detox is generally done at a detox center that specializes in narcotic addictions. There will be some uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that will occur when a person with an addition to Oxycontin enters the clinic for Oxycontin detox. A trained medical staff will be there to make the detox as easy and as fast as possible for the patient. After the Oxycontin detox is complete the patient may still experience some feelings of withdrawal but these symptoms will be minor compared to the first days of detox when under the care of a doctor.
Tip #43: Vicodin Addiction
Vicodin detox is necessary when a person becomes addicted to the drug Vicodin, which is an opiate. When prescribed, Vicodin will have the same effect on the body as drugs such as heroin and morphine. Vicodin reacts with the chemicals in a person’s body in such as way that it becomes highly addictive. Vicodin alters the way that a person thinks and acts, and when addiction occurs it is generally quite severe and Vicodin detox becomes necessary.
Tip #44: Vicodin Detox
Vicodin detox is the first part of the recovery cycle that occurs during Vicodin addiction. It is very important the treatment of this addiction begin with Vicodin detox to cleanse the body of the chemicals and toxins in the drug. Vicodin detox will need to be done at a detox clinic since the symptoms of withdrawal will be very uncomfortable for the addicted person. A Vicodin detox center will have all the skills and expertise to make the detox process as pain free as possible. The goal is to cleanse the addict’s body of Vicodin so that they can begin a program of drug rehabilitation. Without Vicodin detox there would be significant amounts of Vicodin left in the body’s system to make the addict continue to want Vicodin so badly that they will jeopardize their rehabilitation.
Tip #45: What to Expect from Vicodin Detox
Some of the symptoms of Vicodin detox include convulsions, sweats, nausea and vomiting, hallucinations, and dizziness. The patient may experience these painful withdrawal symptoms that make it necessary for the Vicodin detox to take place under the care of a doctor and experienced staff. Once the Vicodin detox is complete the patient will have to continue to undergo therapy and counseling so that they learn about their addiction and the signals that they should look for with a returning addiction to Vicodin or any other opiate type of drug.
One of the most negative side effects of Vicodin addiction is the mental anguish that the addict experiences. Vicodin detox must be overseen by a doctor specialized in the Vicodin detox process.
Tip #46: Alexander Technique
The Alexander technique is proving successful in addiction recovery. This type of alternative medicine concentrates on recognizing the patterns in your life that can be a cause of emotional and physical problems. It teaches you to consciously change the way that you move, sit, and stand so as to maximize your body’s natural body function.
Tip #47: Finding Balance
Surviving addiction is all about finding a good balance in your life. This balance of yin and yang must exist in order for your body, mind, and spirit to be healthy. Ancient China used certain elements to represent yin and yang, such as water and fire, cold and hot, or light and dark. In relation to your body, yin and yang can be viewed in this way: every organ and part of your body has properties of yin and yang in varying amounts. When your body is healthy the opposite sides of yin and yang are functioning in equal harmony in a fine tuned state of alternating balance. Chinese medicine uses various forms of alternative health, such as diet, exercise, herbal remedies, acupuncture, and massage to achieve this balance of yin and yang.
It’s important that you invest in yourself completely and that you are honest when you access your strengths and weaknesses. No one but you can be brutally honest in a way that is going to bring out the best in yourself. When you honestly take a look at your strengths and weaknesses you can take the steps to work on the areas of yourself that can use improving.
- Skills. Identify your skills by making a list. If you know that you don’t really have the skills for communicating effectively be honest and keep it off your list of skills.
- Achievements. Make a list of your achievements, making sure that you have the evidence to back up those achievements. Be honest about the achievements that you think you’ve accomplished when in reality you haven’t yet completed them.
- Strengths. Concentrate on your strengths and list them honestly. There are probably some things that you don’t consider to be strengths but that should go on your list. If you’re uncertain about one of your strengths, ask someone who is close to you to verify it.
- What are you proud of? List the accomplishments in your life that you are proud of. Include anything from you academic accomplishments to your personal achievements, no matter how minor they may seem to you.
Tip #48: Breathing Techniques
Recovering addicts need to learn new methods of coping. Techniques, such as breathing deeply when upset and techniques of meditation are often effective in dispelling a bad mood. Many studies have suggested that light exercise is also often quite effective in reducing the intensity of a bad mood. For the office environment, short journaling can be a great way to get rid of a destructive mood.
The idea is that every time an employee finds themselves in a terrible mood, they quickly jot down their anger or mood on a piece of paper, list some things they can do to improve the situation which caused their mood, and then put the paper away in a locked drawer. The process of externalizing moods, deciding what can be done about them, and then physically putting the problem out of sight has been found to dissipate bad moods much of the time. This technique is also great because it can be done anywhere for any problem, and takes very little time out of the day to complete.
Tip #49: Finding Personal Power
One of the most important things that people can do to reach their personal and professional goals is to cultivate and nurture their own personal power. Personal power is one of the most incredible allies that an individual can have when it comes to achieving success. Personal power is all about believing in yourself, your accomplishments, and your ability to reach your goals. When people have this personal power they become confident and motivated to go after the things they want in life. Just think of the rewards that you will receive when you have a great sense of personal power: there are no limits when it comes to the goals that can be reached, first and foremost being recovery from addiction.
Self awareness is a continuous process of renewal that you should get in the habit of implementing in your life. This concept is based on the seventh habit of Stephen Covey’s book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. One of the techniques that you use for reaching your goals should be the constant renewal of your physical, social/emotional, spiritual, and mental areas of your life so that you can achieve the balance that you need to be successful in your personal and professional life. Recovery from addiction means becoming more aware of all areas of your life.
Tip #50: Art for Therapy
Consider taking a drawing, or other art class, during your recovery stages. This type of focus and concentration will help you build the confidence and skills that were lost during your addiction.
Many people will simply say they can’t draw. They never could and they never will. Drawing is talent you are either born with or you aren’t. However, more and more people are realizing that with a few basic techniques anyone can be drawing amazing pictures that they never thought possible. Learning how to draw and sketch is a great way to spend quality time alone so that you can get to know yourself once again.