Addiction is a disease, and like any disease, it requires thorough treatment. Many drug and alcohol addicts have trouble battling addiction on their own, but addiction patients can always find help when dealing with the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of the condition. Here are a few tips for battling addiction and avoiding a relapse.
1. Get medical attention
Many addicts try to use the "cold turkey" method, but this can have unintended consequences. Addiction medicine specialists can track dependence with specialized medical equipment and help their patients avoid major withdrawal symptoms like seizures. Insurance carriers typically cover addiction treatment, and as sudden drug and alcohol cessation can have life-threatening consequences, talking to a trained specialist is an essential first step to recovery.
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When your loved one has gone through the difficult process of recovery, it can be devastating when s/he relapses back into a former addiction. Studies suggest that anywhere from 40 to 60% of all recovering addicts relapse at some point, but that doesn’t make it any easier to watch someone return to their destructive behaviors.
It’s important to remember that when someone is living with an addiction, s/he is living with a chronic condition, no different from diabetes, heart disease or other diseases. When addicts complete a rehabilitation program, they are not cured; they just have a better handle on managing their disease. If they don’t have all the tools they need to manage their condition, relapse is a definite possibility.
Reasons for Relapse
Many recovering addicts slip back into using drugs or alcohol for similar reasons. In some cases, a craving for the (Read More....)