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.

Introducing Suntra Modern Recovery

Thumbs Up For Suntra Modern Recovery Announcement

With this blog post I’m excited to announce the “official” launch of our new venture, Suntra Modern Recovery (www.hellonsuntra.com), a personalized recovery solution for people dealing with substance use disorders featuring expert medical doctors, home-based and virtual visits, and research-proven recovery medications. The United States is in the midst of a large and long-running drug epidemic.  About 10% of the population struggles with a substance use disorder, and of that, only 10% are receiving treatment.  The dominant model for addiction treatment, 28-day residential treatment (i.e. “going to rehab”), doesn’t work for many people.  Two-thirds of people who go to residential treatment will require more treatment in the future, and only 20% of people who are discharged from residential treatment are sober 5 years later. The 28-day residential treatment approach is also problematic due to very high costs (as much as $40,000 per treatment episode, often coming completely out of pocket), required time away from work and family, and the stigma associated with going to treatment.  People need a solution that allows them to receive care in a more convenient and discrete setting, that’s more in the context of their real lives, and allows them to maintain their work and family… Read More »Introducing Suntra Modern Recovery

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

The Sinclair Method for Safer Drinking

The Sinclair Method utilizes a medication, called naltrexone, to help people reduce the amount of alcohol consumed. This medication helps reduce the cravings for alcohol. Unlike complete abstinence, this pharmacological approach is attractive, as it does allow the alcoholic to drink small amounts.

Pre-flight Planning for an Intervention

I liken my approach to addiction interventions to that of getting an airplane ready to fly. Just as a pilot must exhaust a list of external factors in order to fly successfully, a successful intervention requires just as much forethought.