April 29th, 2017 the DEA will be holding the 13th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This initiative provides members of the community a safe and convenient way to dispose of their unused prescription drugs. Collection sites will be open nationwide from 10am-2pm. To find a collection site near you click here.
Sober living is often recommended for recovering addicts and alcoholics following detox or a residential treatment program. Why is this? Why is it not recommended for people, who have already put their life on hold, to go straight home?
Two words: Relapse Prevention. When an individual leaves treatment and returns to their home; they are returning to the same environment, habits and daily interactions that supported and even encouraged their active addiction. Because of that risk, transitioning into a sober living facility can make the difference between an individual staying clean or relapsing.
Making the decision to change your life for the better is no small feat. If you’ve gotten to this place, congratulations! But the hard work isn’t over. Even though your mind is ready your body is still operating on its habits. To break a negative habit you must be aware of those negative habits you currently have; these can be actions or even self-sabotaging thoughts. You then have to replace your negative thoughts or actions with positive ones. Incorporating practical positive things that you can do daily will help with your recovery (or personal transformation of any kind).
Start to practice the 20 Ways to Daily Wellness listed below and watch as your life changes for the better; physically, mentally and emotionally. You may even experience a transformation of mind, body and spirit.
In order for an addict or alcoholic to be successful in their recovery I believe there are 5 things that need to be worked on. Self-Esteem, Building a Recovery Program, Anxiety/Stress Management, Independence vs. Co-dependence and Daily Planning. Addressing these 5 areas forces an addict or alcoholic to confront the things about themselves that weren’t working, while giving them the opportunity to re-create themselves into the person they want to be, for the life they want to live. These 5 things are a huge undertaking that require the help of qualified and understanding individual, such as a counselor and a sponsor.
The death toll from drug overdoses continues to rise all across our country as a result of the epidemic we are currently facing. Authorities project that the problem will continue to escalate with no end in sight. The shocking statistics and heartbreaking stories that are coming out leave one asking, “What is being done to begin to stop this epidemic?”
We must stop blaming others for the drug epidemic that our society is currently experiencing.
It is not the physicians, or even the drug dealers, that are the cause of the problem.
The cause of the problem is not even the drugs. It never has been and never will be.
Blaming people, places or things will not help us to find the true cause, and without the true cause we cannot reach real solutions. Searching for people to blame keeps us from asking the right questions, and allows individuals to hide from their personal responsibility.
So how do we ask the right questions?