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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How Busy Should You Be During Treatment?

How Busy Should You Be During Treatment?



How Busy Should You Be During Treatment?


A person who suffers from addiction is busy all the time.  While it may look like they aren’t doing anything, their mind is always spinning about where their next high is going to come from.  Beginning a journey of recovery can be very challenging for numerous reasons, one being time management.  When you take drugs and alcohol out of an addict’s life, there really isn’t much left.  Many people whose lives are run by addiction have lost jobs and relationships.  The only constant in their life is addiction.  

Making the decision to attend treatment will be one of the best things you ever do for yourself.  Someone who has never been may have no idea what a daily day consists of.  Most treatment centers know that your life has been completely engulfed by addiction until the moment you open the doors to their facility, which is why they make it a point to keep you busy doing recovery based activities.  

There is a lot to discover once you become clean and sober.  Initially, treatment can help you to feel physically well, but learning why you are an addict or alcoholic is the true purpose.  Most people swept up by addiction have deeper psychological issues that need to be examined before they are able to heal from their addiction.  Some may not even realize they have deep-rooted resentment from decades ago that contributed to their addiction.  Childhood abuse, death, or mental illness not correctly dealt with all have the ability of sneaking out in other forms, such as addiction.

Treatment helps teach basic life skills that may have been forgotten when addiction became severe.  Some people become so consumed by drugs and alcohol that things as simple as daily hygiene go out the window.  Counselors in treatment will also help you develop effective coping strategies to deal with unpredictable life circumstances.  There may be panels of people from twelve step programs that come in to share their stories of experience, strength, and hope.  Treatment is a busy place for those recovering from addiction.  Once you’re physically well, many places expect you to participate and learn.  Being bored is dangerous for a person new to recovery.  While you do need some time to explore yourself, it’s important to put in effort and participate in programs treatment has to offer.  Addiction temporarily terminated your ability to grab life by the horns, but now is your chance for a better life.


The answer to recovery is Simple.

Our multi-tiered program is designed to help your loved one find success on a new path in life through school, work, and meaningful volunteering. Structured for progress, clients at Simple Recovery transition seamlessly through each phase of their recovery.

Call us today for information: 877-426-9117

Rehab Roommates

Rehab Roommates



Rehab Roommates


Treatment is a mix of people from all different walks of life.  Some are there to avoid prison time, while others truly want to break free from the chains of addiction.  Usually, some astronomical situation has to happen for you to make the decision to get clean and sober, such as your children being removed from your care by Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).  Whatever your rock bottom is, treatment is the right place to be to heal from addiction.  

When you combine different personalities, reasons behind treatment attendance, and newly clean and sober individuals likely still suffering from withdrawals, it can make for an interesting environment.  Many treatment centers put two or three individuals to a room.  Each may suffer from addiction to a different substance.  Many addicts and alcoholics may have issues in addition to their addiction, such as antisocial personality disorder, bipolar, or anger problems, which can make it difficult for people to connect.  

Being assigned a roommate in rehab is actually super beneficial, although it may not feel like it at the time.  Having to share such a confined space forces you to respect another person and their space.  You learn to express your own boundaries, which is a foreign concept to someone in the depths of addiction.  Sharing a room with someone can create a significant relationship.  Many addicts and alcoholics lack appropriate social skills and don’t know how to initiate conversations and have fun without the use of a substance.  With a rehab roommate, you are both going through the exact thing at the same time, which makes it easier to put yourself out there.  You are able to learn together how to grow in sobriety.
Unfortunately, there are many people who don’t take treatment seriously. It is extremely important to constantly remind yourself that you’re there for you, and you only.  If someone is jeopardizing your newfound sobriety, tell somebody.  Honesty will get you far in sobriety and a person may initially be angry you’re not keeping their secrets, but they’ll thank you later when they’re ready to get honest.

The answer to recovery is Simple. Our multi-tiered program is designed to help your loved one find success on a new path in life through school, work, and meaningful volunteering. Structured for progress, clients at Simple Recovery transition seamlessly through each phase of their recovery.

Call us today for information: 877-426-9117

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Do You Have to Detox After Methadone Treatment?

Do You Have to Detox After Methadone Treatment?



Do You Have to Detox After Methadone Treatment?


There is an endless list of substances a person could become addicted to.  If you have a genetic predisposition to addiction present in your brain, any addictive substance could cause trouble.  Medical advancements in the last few decades have brought the introduction of prescription medications that are said to treat addiction to specific substances.  The idea appeared to be genius, however, there is one primary problem.  A person who has developed a chemical dependency to a substance isn’t just addicted to that substance.  They may be right now, but if they’re given something different, they may become addicted to that, as well.

Methadone is a drug that was created during the drug epidemic in the 1960’s.  It is only available by prescription and can be taken orally or intravenously.  The primary purpose of methadone is to treat addictions to opiates, such as heroin, which can produce extremely severe and painful withdrawals.  Typically, a person who has an addiction to opiates cannot quit cold turkey because the abrupt discontinuation could be life threatening.  It is likely the addiction developed over some time, therefore it would be too much of a shock to stop without medical assistance.  

Although methadone is highly effective in treating addiction to heroin, it is an opiate itself and can become equally addictive.  The goal of methadone is block heroin and other opiate cravings and ease pain and anxiety that typically comes with detox.  Methadone has a half life compared to heroin, and is essentially meant to ease the transition coming off opiates.  It provides the ability to sedate and relax, even in proper prescribed doses.  Someone who is no longer addicted to heroin or morphine, may abuse methadone long after they need it because of its effects similar to stronger opiates.  

Generally speaking, you will likely experience withdrawal symptoms from methadone once you stop using it.  However, it is designed to be significantly weaker than illicit opiates, so withdrawals will be comparatively better.  Since methadone is administered by medical professionals in a detoxification center, you may experience withdrawals symptoms for a few days, but if it was taken as prescribed, they will be much less painful than illicit opiates.  Don’t let the detox process frighten you; the biggest thing standing in your way is you.


The answer to recovery is Simple.

Our multi-tiered program is designed to help your loved one find success on a new path in life through school, work, and meaningful volunteering. Structured for progress, clients at Simple Recovery transition seamlessly through each phase of their recovery.

Call us today for information: 877-426-9117

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