Adam Banks

I Worked an Imperfect 12-Step Program

I don’t know how I got to 12 years, but I do know that I stuck out going to recovery meetings; I have few that I regularly attend, week after week, year after year. My friends are in these meetings. I recognize just about everyone in attendance, and I look forward to going and catching up with them weekly.

Aftercare: Reintegrating the Family

Returning home, after treatment, is where the rubber meets the road in recovery. Most treatment facilities have family programs where clinicians begin working with the family as soon as the patient checks in. This can be key to long-term success, for both the patient and the family.

All I Want is for Them to Stop Drinking

Families often want a lot more than for someone to “just stop using.” New lives take time to build. There will be ups and downs along the way, the family will need to learn to support someone in the process of changing, and the individual will need a lot of support as they take slow steps to build a new way of living.

I Am Always Close to Relapse

Over the 12 years, I have had many close calls to relapse. Alcohol is always there and it is always easy to grab a drink. However other things, like prescription drugs, have been more tempting to me. Drinking is one thing, but prescriptions seem to be more alluring to me.

Rehab and Detox At Home

At Suntra we focus on working with individuals that can’t easily find addiction treatment though the traditional channel of attending a 30 day in-patient treatment program.

Walking Back in The Door After Treatment

For someone to successfully recover, work needs to be done in his or her daily living situations. This takes time. There is a saying that anyone can stay sober in a treatment facility. Additional time and energy must be spend on recovery on return home.

After Care for Rehabilitation – There Has to Be a Plan

A 30-day treatment program is only the beginning of recovery; the most important part of treatment is what happens when someone returns home.   Maintaining sobriety in the confines of a treatment center is easy, but when someone returns home all of the stressors and triggers will still be there.   This is why a well thought out plan for what to do after treatment is the next step in recovery.  The post-treatment plan should be easy to follow and affordable, otherwise it is destined to fail.   Over all the plan must support recovery, however at some level it should involve reintegrating into society; such as returning to work or familial commitments.  In the first 90 days a lot of attention must be placed on recovery, ideally attending therapy or meetings daily, while allowing for the slow shift back towards “real” life. Common Post-Treatment Plans:   Extended Care at a Facility Most treatment facilities offer extended living options.  For some, staying at the facility for a few months after residential treatment is the “highest and best” form of care.  One is familiar with the environment and routine, which gives the person in recovery a feeling of security.  This allows one to focus… Read More »After Care for Rehabilitation – There Has to Be a Plan

Common Concerns About In-Patient Treatment

I work with many people struggling from addiction, some people need to kick start their recovery by going in-patient treatment is often the best option for treatment.  In-patient rehabilitation offers a month away from day-to-day life to detoxify in a safe environment, as well as provide patients with the mental health services necessary to start recovery.   While a 30-day program is often the recommended choice, it is also a very difficult decision to make.  Jumping out of life for 30 days is not easy, but the benefits of a strong foundation for recovery that can change behavior for a lifetime is often worth the trade off.  Time Time away is a very real concern.  Entering an inpatient rehabilitation program is essentially pausing a month (or more) of one’s life.  One might be resistant to the idea of having to be away from work or their families, however addiction takes steals time from families and from work.  People often lose several hours in a day, if not entire days, when under the influence.  Once in recovery people find that they have much more time to dedicate to passions, family, and work.  Taking 30 days away might give someone 5 extra hours… Read More »Common Concerns About In-Patient Treatment