Importance of Building a Sober Support System

Building and maintaining a sober support system is crucial to the addiction recovery process. Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we understand the importance of this support system and want our clients to know this  as well! Our hope is by completing addiction treatment, our clients can start to build a sober support system that will help them maintain their recovery.

Building a Sober Support System

Building a sober support system is twofold: it includes rebuilding broken relationships and making new sober friends. When mending a broken relationship, keep in mind that addiction doesn’t just affect the user, it also affects the relationships that the user has with other people. Substance abuse can damage the lives and relationships around the user. This can lead to emotional pain and unhealthy coping habits. The good thing about recovery and sobriety is that you have the ability to rebuild all of the relationships that have been affected by the substance and addiction. Some ways to regain trust within individuals and their relationships with you are:

  • Having empathy – Putting yourself in other people’s shoes is so important in trying to understand their feelings and what they are going through. This helps you to not be biased with your own opinion. 
  • Be patient with others – Being patient with the people around you is crucial in rebuilding relationships. Understand that they may not be willing to jump right back in with a relationship with you. Taking time and putting in effort to rebuild those relationships is important in showing others that you care.
  • Forgive yourself – In rebuilding relationships, you need to understand that not everyone will be willing to work with you and forgive you, but it is important to forgive yourself. Understand that you aren’t the same person that you were while using and there may be some hiccups along the way, but continually striving to succeed is what is important. 
  • You can only change yourself – Investing in yourself is super important. Understand that you can only change yourself. You can’t change those around you, but you can change who you are around. You need to invest in a healthy support system, that wants you to succeed and is there for you when you struggle. 

Rebuilding broken relationships is important, but creating new and healthy relationships is equally as important! 

Why It’s Important to Have Sober Friends

Having a sober and healthy support system is crucial during the recovery process. We know that the recovery process is not all sunshine and rainbows, so having a support system that has the same morals of you is crucial, especially in regards to being sober and sobriety. Having sober friends can not only prevent a future relapse, but it can also prevent loneliness and boredom without any kind of peer pressure involved. The peer pressure that you should be receiving is accountability. It’s a different kind of peer pressure, it’s the one that makes you want to succeed and make your friends/family proud of you. 

A sober support system will tell you the truth, and the truth may hurt sometimes, but it’s important that this support system doesn’t sugar coat anything. Having sober friends means having honest relationships that aren’t afraid to tell you how it is regardless of how you feel. This support system can help you build and normalize a sober routine, and help you when you get out of that routine. Building these friendships are crucial and having others to lean on during a time like this is helpful in the recovery process. 

Get Sober at Atlanta Recovery Place

Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we want to help you succeed in every possible way in regards to your recovery process and sobriety. We want to help you find a support system that meets your needs, works on bettering you, and wants to help you stay accountable and succeed in your recovery process. Reach out to us today to start your recovery process and receive help in becoming successful in your sobriety. 

Is Addiction Genetic?

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Addiction is a very common disorder among individuals of all ages, races, and religions. It manifests in many different ways, and sometimes can be difficult to identify. According to Addiction and Recovery, approximately 10% of the population is addicted to drugs or alcohol, but what causes addiction? Can addiction be genetic? Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we want to provide information in regards to addiction and its causes, whether it be the environment or a genetic disposition.

What Is Addiction?

According to Addiction and Recovery, people abuse substances as a way to escape, relax, or even as a way to reward themselves. These substances, when used overtime, can make an individual feel like they need them to just to live a normal life. This is caused by dependency and tolerance to the substance. The addiction will worsen overtime if not treatment properly. Having professional treatment and having professional detox is helpful in the aid to recovery. Support systems and professional treatment is important to the recovery process.

Can Addiction Be Genetic?

According to Addiction and Recovery, there are many different causes to an addiction. These causes aren’t completely genetic and can contribute to things such as peer pressure. These causes include:

  • Addiction and genetic disposition – 50% to 60% of addiction is due to genetic factors within a family. This has been proven within studies, such as the twin studies. When an identical twin was addicted to a substance, the other twin was at an increased risk. Though family history is correlated with addiction, it is not always the cause.
  • Poor coping skills – When dealing with stress and anxiety some individuals have poor coping skills. Stress is a very important risk factor in individuals with depression and anxiety. 
  • Negative thinking – Some individuals have a lot of negativity within their life which can lead to negative thinking. This negativity can make you feel stressed, uncomfortable, unhappy, and discontent. When you try to quit cold turkey it can cause negative thinking.
  • Co-occuring disorder – Some individuals experience a co-occuring disorder such as anxiety or depression that can contribute to this disorder. Approximately 15% to 30% of people who have issues with addiction also have an underlying disorder. 

Addiction itself isn’t always caused by genetics, and can be caused by many other things, but genetics can certainly contribute to someone’s vulnerability to addiction and substance abuse. 

Signs of Addiction

There are two basic signs and qualities of an addiction. These basic signs consist of:

  • The using of this substance may first start as casual and then lead to a daily occurrence. For example, one drink or substance can lead to another.
  • The using continues and may even increase even despite the negative symptoms and consequences to this substance. For example, the addiction may cause problems within the individual’s life and the relationships of those around him.
  • There may be emotional, physical, and even psychological changes within an individual and their body. They may be noticeable or they may not be noticeable to the individual that is abusing the substance or the people within this individual’s life.This being said, each individual is different and experiences different things, so the signs and symptoms may not be that noticeable.  

It is important to be able to understand and to be able to read the signs an individual is experiencing during their addiction. This can help them get the professional help and social support that they need during this difficult situation. Maintaining a positive attitude is crucial during the recovery process and maintaining sobriety. 

How Can Atlanta Recovery Place Help?

Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we want our clients’ recovery process to be successful and as smooth as possible. We are here to assist in the maintenance of sobriety and preventing future relapse. While being an addict can be genetic, there are also many other causes of addiction. We make sure to address these causes and needs with each and everyone of our clients. Reach out to us today to get a jumpstart on your recovery! 

How the Opioid Epidemic Is Affecting America

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There is an epidemic that has been affecting America for generations. This epidemic has caused an abundance of substance abuse throughout the nation. This epidemic is called the opioid epidemic. Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we want to provide information on the opioid epidemic and how it is affecting Americans all over the nation. Our hope is by raising awareness, we can all band together to stop the opioid crisis plaguing America. 

What Are Opioids?

Opioids, or sometimes known as narcotics, are prescribed or illegal pain relievers that have been abused for many decades. Opioids can be natural, semi-synthetic, and synthetic. According to the CDC, there are three different types of opioids. The first type being prescribed opioids. These opioids are usually prescribed by doctors as a pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. This seems to be very common in America and pain affects many Americans. Some of the common types of prescribed opioids are Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Morphine, and Methadone. The second type of opioids is Fentanyl, a synthetic pain reliever that is more powerful than the other opioids. This opioid has been used in cancer treatment. Illegally made and distributed Fentanyl has been on the rise in the US. The third type of opioids is heroin, an illegal opioid. Heroin has been abused across genders, ages, classes, and geographics. 

How Are Opioids Affecting America?

According to the CDC, almost 450,000 people have died from overdoses involving opioids between the years 1999 and 2018. That is an alarming amount of deaths. There have been three waves within the opioid epidemic involving the three different types of opioids. The first wave began in 1990 with an increased amount of prescribed opioids. Prescription opioids are supposed to be for short term pain management, but instead and widely abused and used for long term pain management, contributing greatly to the opioid epidemic in America. These opioid overdose deaths were from natural and semi-synthetic opioids that have still been increasing since 1999. 

The second wave started in 2010 with increasing overdoses and deaths due to heroin. The third wave started in 2013 with an increase in overdoses and deaths due to synthetic opioids (usually Fentanyl). Opioids can cause many different issues and side effects within its user. These side effects can range from something as little as drowsiness to something as intense as slow heart rate and even death. The amount of opioid deaths have decreased from 2017 to 2018, it is important to continue that decreasing trend.

How to Get Help

The first step in receiving help is acknowledging that you have a problem, which takes a lot of boldness and bravery. Acknowledging you have a problem with opioids is important in the process of recovery. If you realize you have a problem and want to get better, then you will find a way to do so. 

Once you acknowledge your addiction, the next step is to take action. If you’re currently prescribed opioids, you can reach out to your doctor who is prescribing them. They can hopefully lower your dose and how many you should take. If you are illegally purchasing opioids, a good option for you is to seek addiction treatment. There are many forms of treatment that can help with an opioid addiction; inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient, just to name a few. If your current environment is not ideal in recovery, find some new scenery. Start addiction therapy or a support group as soon as you can to ensure sobriety and prevent a future relapse. 

According to the CDC, some of the best ways to prevent opioid abuse and opioid overdose deaths are to (1) improve and lessen opioid prescribing, (2) reduce the exposure an addict may have to opioids, (3) prevent the misuse of opioids, and (4) treat opioid substance abuse disorder. 

How Atlanta Recovery Place Can Help

Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we want to provide resources in making your recovery process as simple and easy as possible. Reach out to us today so we can assist you or a loved ones individualized needs and help you succeed in the recovery process. 

What Is a 12-Step Fellowship?

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The 12-steps. We’ve all heard of it at one point or another, but some of you may not know exactly what they are. Today, Atlanta Recovery Place would like to spend some time explaining what a 12-step fellowship is and how it’s effective in treating addiction.  At our facility, we provide comprehensive addiction treatment and other services that help address the distinctive needs of each individual client. 

What Is a 12-Step Fellowship Program?

A 12-step fellowship first started out as a religious addiction treatment program that helps recovering addicts through Christian inspiration to gain/achieve abstinence. Today, the basic idea of the 12-step fellowship is so that people can help each other maintain sobriety from substances or behaviors that they are addicted to, through support groups and 12-step meetings. To put it more simply, a 12-step therapy treatment program is a strategy that is designed for recovering addicts to become actively involved in a support group. Having the support from others is crucial in recovery. We feel that having a 12-step fellowship available during treatment is also important because it’s something our clients can continue to do after they leave. Recovery is a lifelong journey and doesn’t stop after someone leaves treatment. 

What Are the 12 Steps?

Though not all addiction treatment facilities take advantage of the 12-steps, they do promote this 12-step method, especially after the clients finish their rehabilitation program and need to find support as they are trying to maintain/achieve sobriety. The 12-steps are as follows:

  1. Admitting powerlessness over the addiction.
  2. Believing that a higher power (in whatever form) can help.
  3. Deciding to turn control over to the higher power.
  4. Taking a personal inventory.
  5. Admitting to the higher power, oneself, and another person the wrongs done.
  6. Being ready to have the higher power correct any shortcomings in one’s character.
  7. Asking the higher power to remove those shortcomings.
  8. Making a list of wrongs done to others and being willing to make amends for those wrongs.
  9. Contacting those who have been hurt, unless doing so would harm the person.
  10. Continuing to take personal inventory and admitting when one is wrong.
  11. Seeking enlightenment and connection with the higher power via prayer and meditation.
  12. Carrying the message of the 12 Steps to others in need.

These 12-steps are very important in addiction recovery and treatment, and they have given some very promising results for our clients. The key to keeping up with these 12-steps is to find a community that will support you and keep you accountable throughout your recovery process. 

How Do the 12-Steps Help in Addiction Recovery?

The 12-steps help in addiction recovery by assisting our clients in having the ability to recognize and admit that one is experiencing an addiction problem. This includes the realization that this addiction is a chronic disease and is very difficult to control by themselves. Clients should begin to understand willpower alone is not sufficient enough to overcome this addiction problem. By recognizing that they have an addiction problem, our clients start to understand that they need to surrender their control that they have over their addiction problem. This helps relieve stress and anxiety, which can prevent a future relapse. This surrender involves, in some cases, the client giving themselves to a higher power, and accepting fellowship and support that comes with meeting with other recovering addicts. Lastly, having active involvement in a 12-step meeting/setting is important in overcoming this addiction, surrendering the stress, and achieving sobriety. These 12-step treatment programs are efficient and successful in treating alcohol dependency and have been found to be a promising treatment in other addictive substances and behaviors.

Atlanta Recovery Place Can Help

Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we want to help you have a successful recovery and maintain sobriety. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact us today. There is no better time than now to start your community in building a better journey to recovery!