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June 2013

Relapse Dreams
It is common for those in recovery to have occasional relapse dream. During sleep they once again experience what it is like to be using alcohol or drugs.
Demands of Early Recovery
Giving up an addiction and building a new life away from substance abuse involves a great deal of work and effort.
Read from a clinical point of view, the book Alcoholics Anonymous (the "Big Book") is an excelled diagnostic reference manual for the identification and treatment of alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a non-profit organization that is open to anyone who with an addiction to alcohol. Members describe themselves as alcoholics trying to stay sober, helping other alcoholics become sober. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson in 1935. Together Wilson and Smith developed the 12-step program that exists to this day.
Recovery is all about relationships. Think about it. What would recovery be like on a deserted island? You wouldn’t even need a recovery program or anything else to help you get through your day.
Alcohol addiction is a disease that affects the brain, liver, heart, and other vital functions of the body.
Searching for answers on ways a drug or alcohol treatment canter can help you or a loved one overcome an addiction - for yourself or someone you love?
Recovery can become less exciting after many years of going to 12-Step meetings, sponsoring newly recovering persons and working through personal issues.
In early recovery from drug/alcohol addictions, as with other addictions as well, there are things that “trigger” the recovering addict into thinking that may result in relapse behaviour. From one addict to the next, these things will have similarities as well as differences, depending upon the person and the addiction.
Learning to Change the Things We Can
Alcohol abuse is widespread, and those who misuse it are inflicting terrible harm on themselves, their loved ones, and society. Consider these facts:
Being Cruel to be Kind with Addicts
A rehab facility might seem like a scary place but in reality, the drug rehab staff wants to see you succeed and is there to help.  After you decide that you want to enter treatment at a rehab, you might want to talk to a friend or family member and get their support. Having support outside of the drug rehab facility will be very important in your recovery. In fact, treatment centres like Hope Trust offer intensive support for the affected family members which leads to a wholesome recovery for the entire family.
(Based on a recent lecture at a workshop)
What is the personality of an addict? He or she is:
Strategies for Helping Addicts and Alcoholics to Get the Help they Need

When it comes to dealing with an addict or alcoholic, it is apparent that some persons are more prone to substance abuse than others.
Getting help for your addiction helps empower the addict and alcoholic to overcome their addiction. There are two different ways of getting help for addiction: one is you are the addict/alcoholic and you are seeking ways to get help or two is that you are a friend or family member of someone who is struggling with an addiction and you want to know how to help them.

May 2013

It is a known fact that addiction is highly relapse-prone. In fact, sobriety can be described as nothing but 'preventing a relapse'. In some ways, the hardest part of establishing and maintaining long-term recovery comes when the initial, intensive part of treatment has been completed.
The Hope Family Support Program is a strong, effective support system.
We have earlier posted about the impact of addiction on a family; in this post we look at what happens when a loved one finally gets help at a rehab, and what the family can expect.
So what happens when a loved one finally gets help and what can the family expect?

In 1980, when the term “adult child of alcoholic” (ACOA) was coined, ACOAs literally came out of the woodwork, testifying in droves to confusion, resentment and hurt that the child within them still hung onto. They reported feeling, at times, like “children walking around in the bodies of grownups.”
15 Reasons Why Treatment at Hope is a Bargain of a Lifetime! 
(Previously published in The Hindu)
        -Rahul Luther
       - Rajeshwari Luther
Substance abuse is the use of alcohol, a drug or other substance for a non-medical purpose, to produce a mind altering stated in the user. Substance abuse refers to the abuse of alcohol or illegally produced substances, as well as the use of legal medications for a different purpose to the one the medication is meant for. In most cases, the substance in question is used in excessive quantities.
For many people, drinking alcohol is nothing more than a pleasant way to relax. However, some people drink excessively and cause damage not only to themselves, but also those around them. Alcohol problems can become a threat to one's life, but therapies are at hand to help those who suffer from alcohol addiction.
It is normal for family members to believe that they cannot be okay when someone they love is sick or miserable. It is normal for them to think it would be betrayal to be alright in the midst of a beloved's illness or discomfort. However, that is exactly what is called for in the case of familial addiction.