In reality, one can only remain in recovery by creating a new lifestyle that supports the discontinued use of drugs or alcohol as a means of medicating. If the recovering addict fails to create a new life; then all of the factors that brought them to their addiction in the first place, are more likely to catch up with them, once again. Recovery does not necessitate changing everything in one’s life. However, after recognizing those people, things and behaviors that have gotten the recovering addict into trouble in the past, it becomes necessary to let those things go in order to continue to maintain a state of health and sobriety.
The acronym, HALT, describes some common high-risk factors. Hungry; Angry; Lonely and Tired are the four symptoms that can often lead to a need to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. The strongest cravings usually occur at the end of the day, when one arrives at home, hungry and tired, dealing with work-related frustrations or suffering from feelings of loneliness. A support system including former addicts can often help one pass through these difficult times, without resorting to the use of drugs or alcohol as a means to cope.
High-risk situations that need to be avoided include people, places and things.
People – those people with whom the addict used in the past or who are related to their past use. People with whom the recovering addict has conflicts and anyone who makes him or her want to use should be avoided. There are people who the recovering addict used with in the past as a form of celebration and those who currently encourage them to use, whether directly or indirectly – those are people to be avoided.
Places – where the recovering addict used in the past or where they formerly got their drugs or alcohol should be avoided.
Things – that remind one of their using should also be eliminated, whenever possible.
Amicus House is a recovery center which offers expert care and treatment for young men or women who are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. An integral part of their treatment process is a 12-step approach to recovery. This 12-step program associated with both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous offers help during the therapy process, followed by a life-long support system for the recovering addict. With distinctive steps that allow the recovering addict to face their physical, emotional or psychological triggers in a safe environment shared by fellow recovering addicts; they can learn more about their drug or alcohol triggers and discover the means to deal with them in a healthy, sober manner. By surrounding themselves with others who are continuing on a path to lifelong sobriety; support for abstinence is always available should a desire to use arise.
Following a treatment program offered by the caring and highly-trained counselors at Amicus House; with a 12-step approach to sobriety, the recovering addict can enjoy a state of on-going recovery and a sober, healthy life.
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Company Name: Amicus House
Contact Person: Lori
Address:466 S.Buena Vista Ave
City: San Jose
Country: United States