Helping Hand: Overcoming Addiction
Struggling with drug addiction can really put you down. Oftentimes, you would think sobriety is just an illusion. You’re definitely wrong! With the right treatment and support, recovery is never out of reach. Never give up! Let others help you, as you want to help yourself. It could be a bumpy ride, but it’s the right path. Just look at those outpatients of drug rehab in Utah who keep fighting. Think about the people who never lost hope. To give you a glimpse, here are some ways to fight drug addiction:
- Acceptance and make a change.
The first step is usually the toughest challenge. It is only normal to feel conflicted about giving up your drug of choice. Change is never easy, and sobriety involves a lot of adjustments. This includes the way you deal with your “demons”, who you allow in your life, your activities during wee hours, and how you reflect about yourself.
- Explore your treatment options.
Everyone has their own history. Keep in mind that there are no easy ways. There’s no magic pill or single treatment that works for everyone. Your facilitators will help you choose the best program for you. Try to weigh the options you have. Never hesitate to raise any concern. The program should address more than just your drug addiction, but your whole life.
- Reach out for support.
While it’s true that only you can save yourself, you don’t have to do it alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your loved ones. Don’t turn your back to people who still have faith in you. You may also join different sober groups to learn and share experience from others.
- Learn healthy ways to manage stress.
Once you’re out, keep in mind that every day is a recovery stage. You still need to deal with other issues that led you to your drug addiction. For example, some started using drugs to numb painful emotions or forget about the horrors of the past. For a long term success, you need to resolve the underlying issues as well.
Do your best to manage stress without depending on any pills. Try to divert your attention by joining different community work or participate in sports. Find a new vocation that can help you recover.
5. The new breed of recovery services.
At the time of this update (June 2016) there have been huge shifts in the way in which treatment centers are marketed. The issue of insurance benefits being available for rehab programs has been raised in some states especially due to the reports of fraud on behalf of devious owners. Of course with the financial incentives to take in as many patients as possible many fly-by-night businesses have evolved who put revenue above care. This has spawned a new concierge style service – where the company matches the individual with a reputable treatment center. No longer is there a need to “fly blind”.
6. Insurance Networks.
The covering of in-network and out-of-network claims for patients of course varies from provider to provider and state by state, however, with insurance companies on the warpath to recover losses from devious claimants (the treatment centers on behalf of clients) things are not as straight forward as before. Make sure you have a commitment in writing before entering a facility.
Credit for this updated information is from one of the pioneers in this initiative: Recovery Center Network of Orange County.