How many recovery programs does it take to maintain sobriety?
April 6, 2019 | by Tricia Parido | Master Coach at Turning Leaves Recovery Life and Wellness Coaching
I get asked this question almost daily. And it is usually followed with a story of someone that has been in and out of treatment programs, four, seven, even ten times. And, this means they have engaged in as many different facilities hoping desperately that one will eventually stick.
The problem with this facility hopping is that addiction treatment programs follow a very narrowly differing process during their protocol. Meaning, the traditional residential and out-patient programs have almost identical platforms they operate through due to insurance requirements. This looks like a great deal of educational and therapeutic groups, with one individual counseling session, perhaps one case management session each week, and free time that in no way resembles what free time looks like in the real world, which is a high-risk time for most drug and alcohol addicts.
So, what is the answer?
As many times as is takes until the addict is in a treatment program that speaks their language and effectively can apply the recovery approach into their life outside of addiction treatment.
What do you do now?
If chronic relapse is a real recovery struggle in your life, ask yourself what was truly learned in the chosen recovery program about how to function in the life that was previously trying to be avoided. Did you learn what to do when faced with the same situations that led you use or relapse? The financial stress of monthly bills, the demands of child rearing, the emotional rollercoaster of an intimate relationship in early recovery, the anxiety and depressive states that accompany post-acute withdrawal, and most importantly, what about the language you use to communicate with yourself?
Most people I work with that have experienced addiction treatment tell me that they do well in the controlled environment but fail in the real world.
This is because they don’t have the right guidance when issues, even as trivial as boredom, arise. They don’t know how to pause long enough to allow something greater to emerge. They haven’t defined what the eight categories of life balance mean specifically to their needs. They haven’t examined the six elements that generate whole health as it applies to them. There is no real structure set up for them to be successful day after day by knowing how to appropriately fill voids with esteem-building activities. They don’t have someone to show them how to get out of an unavoidable or unexpected situation by knowing their limits and having fail proof limitations in place. They don’t know how to shift their perceptions at any moment away from the negative into the positive. They haven’t identified precisely what they want their life to look like or how they want to see themselves in it going forward.
The fact is, people that struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, or any other form of addiction for that matter, need treatment to continue during their life, while it is unfolding. That is why I launched Turning Leaves, Recovery, Life, and Wellness Coaching and the Building Milestones program offered within. To serve people post stabilization during Treatment Transition to Life, in chronic relapse mode through Tune Up your Recovery, or to ward off needing long term intervention by catching the issues before they get too far out of hand in our unique Not So Normal Faces of Addiction, among others.
So if you are looking for a program that truly works in your life, right where you are, before leaving your life again and going to anther 30 day residential, or signing up for another three day a week for three hour durations out-patient group therapy situation, call me!
If you want to be reconnected with life, regain a sense of self, and develop personal control. Visit the website. turningleavesrecovery.com
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