alcohol interventions

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.

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.

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

MBA lessons in recovery – Building Social Capital

As I observe people in recovery meetings, I have observed that the people that jump into the program and “work it” seem to have the best success. An adage is “meeting makers make it”. But why is it that meeting makers make it?

My Journey Quitting JUUL: Contemplative Stage (Part 1)

For me, I started using a JUUL because of the physical pleasure it gave me. I consequently found some emotional benefits, including the fact that it relaxes me, gets me going in the morning, and gives me some relief when a problem is stressing me out.

Let’s talk about Ritalin and Adderall

It’s clear that long term use of ADHD medications can be harmful and addictive, especially when used by individuals who do not suffer from ADHD. However, it is a lot less clear how to solve the problem, especially since we inevitably come up against the interests of huge pharmaceutical corporations.

How To Find Free Therapy No Matter Where You Are

There is a misunderstanding around the 12 Steps that they’re only for people who want to stop drinking or using drugs. The reality is that 12-Step programs are not built around alcohol or substance abuse. Rather, 12-Step programs work by building a community around any particular condition.

I had to change my views about recovery (after 10 years of sobriety).

Continuous sobriety and recovery are not the same thing. For many people and for 12 Step programs sobriety is the only definition of recovery. Sobriety might be a goal of recovery, but the transition from full blown addiction to sobriety, cold turkey, is very difficult. Recovery is the path to getting sober.