October Is National Recovery Month

Living as an addict can feel lonely, and this does not need to define you. In fact, the term “addict” can be offensive, especially when you are struggling with substance use or relapse.

Let’s try again…Living as a person struggling with substance use can feel lonely. Detox and early abstinence from substances can be difficult, especially without adequate support for relapse prevention. This includes both emotional and mental relapse support.

There may be a desire to be in the physical locations and presence of people associated with substance use. Triggers such as stress, loneliness, boredom, social isolation, relational conflict, anxiety, or depression, and limited social support can contribute to drug and alcohol use.

Did you know that in 2020, 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder?

Battling both physical and psychological dependence to drugs or alcohol which are core features of habit-forming addictions can make the path to recovery an ongoing process. Substance-use- disorders can have devastating long-lasting consequences including loss of relationships, loss of home and material possessions, loss of career/ opportunities, and even loss of purpose or sense of self. Individuals with substance use may be experiencing co-occurring disorders such as  anxiety disordersdepressionattention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or bipolar disorder.

Whatever you are currently going through, you are not alone.

The nation is taking action to addressing-addiction and SAMHSA has launched several initiatives that promote and support evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery possible. #RecoveryMonth

A life free from addiction is possible. It will involve addressing both the physical, psychological, and perhaps even the spiritual elements of dependency. Supports can identify and manage triggers. This may include safety and relapse prevention planning. Support can also help work with thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that have impacted work, school, and relationships. Your path to recovery may look different from many, but #RecoveryIsPossible & help is available.

CARE has a team of clinicians with experience working with substance use concerns, including clinicians who are Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC). You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Hotline at 1-800-662-4357 for referral and treatment options in your area.

Written By : Charlotte Johnson, MA, LPCC

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