REHABILITATION REFERRAL SERVICES
first we must define the word, Webster's dictionary
defines it as: to get or find again, to retrieve, to
bring back to normal condition, to regain health or
any other state or condition.
When we are in a state
of recovery we find ourselves trying to gain
back what we have forgotten or lost. For most, this
is a loss of reality and trying to escape reality.
The first step of recovery should be getting help.
This is something that is hard to do, to admit we
have a problem. This is the first and largest leap
you will take. It is hard to ask for help and if we
could do it on our own then we wouldn't have had
drugs in our lives in the first place.
Once we have
the help to overcome this we then need to find out
what the problem or circumstances are that led us up
to the point of being addicted. When this is found
and handled the process can start . This may sound
simple, but, for everyone it is different and can be
very hard to handle. This is why you have help from
someone that can and will be there for you.
step is finding out how not to fall into the trap of
addiction again. This can be handled in many
different ways. The disconnection of the old person
or habits is imperative this is not saying the
person must become a new person, but, that the way
we handle things needs to be looked at and changed.
Most people that are addicted to drugs run from
their problems and hide behind drugs or alcohol.
This is what gets us caught by our loved ones and
friends and as the cycle of addiction progresses the
problems get bigger.
When we first started to do
drugs the situation that led us to use is most often
a problem or situation that we felt we couldn't
handle. It is easy to be accepted by the group of
people that use drugs they will accept anyone,
misery loves company.
addictions progressed so did our problems. Funny how
that happens isn't it.
When a person gets clean of
the drugs in their system and handles the problems
of not falling back into the same old habits and
routines the next question is, am I recovered? Well,
that is a question that has been debated since the
first person became addicted. When is an addict not
an addict anymore? That is up to the person or
Some people believe that once an addict
always an addict. Others believe that once you have
handled the current addiction problem you are no
longer an addict. There is even another school of
thought that says once you have recovered from
addiction you can fall back easily you still need to
be on you guard. All of these can work for the
individual it just depends on what you want to use
for your recovery.
It is very important to have a
good support group in your corner, someone that has
been through their own addiction and can offer some
sense of hope and help in times of need. When will a
person stop thinking about using drugs or alcohol?
This could be tomorrow, next week, next year or
The thought of using drugs may never go away
but it is what we do with that thought that counts.
We can't be judged by our thoughts and if we could
most of the population would be in jail. In order to
help with the recovery process we need to find
something to do with the time that you used to spend
using, finding and waiting for drugs, boredom can be
a recovery killer. This can be done in several ways.
We need to find out what it is that you used to do
besides drugs for fun and entertainment. Once you
have discovered it go and do it and have some fun.
Life after drugs can be the most wonderful thing you
have ever experienced. Think of it this way, can it
get any worse everything after the miserable
experience of being addicted is better, even the
problems in life are not so big once compared to
having an addiction and being a drug addict.
When you have overcome drug addiction there is nothing
that you can't do. Yes, now you can be anything you
want to be, but, only if you put as much energy into
life as you did trying to get high or drunk. Just
think of the possibilities. So start on that road
now. Lets see what happens. You can make it and be
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