Category: Recovery

Recovery and Prescription Medications

One stumbling point for people in recovery is when they are prescribed legal prescription drugs as treatment or following a procedure. Several past clients have said, my doctor wanted to give me oxycodone, but I won’t take anything stronger than Ibuprophen to manage the pain. Others, sadly, have returned to treatment stating that things were going well until a medical procedure derailed their recovery because they were prescribed pain medications.

There are several messages here.

1 – While many people like to keep their information private, it is imperative that your medical professionals – doctors and dentists – are aware that you are in recovery and taking any sort of opiate or narcotic based medication would be detrimental to your recovery. Even if you receive a prescription, especially for a pain killer, from your doctor, confirm the chemical compound of the medication.

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2 – Regardless if you were addicted to alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, meth amphetamines or any other substance, just because medication comes from your doctor, it does not mean it is safe to take it. If you are in recovery, these powerful substances can quickly sidetrack you from working the program.

3 – What happens if you are given this medication without consent? For example, if you are unconscious, taken to the ER via ambulance and have no one present who can speak to the doctors on your behalf and one of these prescription pain killers is administered without your knowledge, what are the steps to take next? As soon as you are awake and alert, you need to communicate with the medical staff that you are in recovery and should not receive opiate or narcotic painkillers. Verify what was given to you while unconscious. Chances are, a single dosage will not cause a full blown relapse, but be sure to voice your concerns to your family and support network so they can help you remain vigilant about maintaining your sobriety, especially if you are experiencing cravings to use.

If you or a loved one is abusing drugs or alcohol, contact Pathways to learn more about our detox and residential treatment programs. Call 855-349-5988 for more information.

Is It Beneficial to Travel Out of State for Rehab?

The most important decision a person struggling with addiction will make is choosing a rehab facility. While some find comfort in seeking treatment close to home, others will opt to seek treatment far from home.

Local and long-distance treatment centers each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Here are some things to consider.

Do you live in a region that has a comprehensive substance abuse treatment center? This means, does the facility provide a full scope of services ranging from detox, residential treatment and aftercare? Do you live near a facility that is accredited? As you research rehab facilities, be sure to consider only those that are accredited. What does this mean? Accreditation means that an organization receives periodic reviews, similar to an audit, on how services are provided. An organization who is accredited is demonstrating that they are committed to the highest level of treatment standards and care and are always striving to improve.

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Do the treatment programs near you have the ability to handle complex cases? The most effective methods of treating substance abuse involve science-based therapeutic techniques that help clients deal with the root cause of the substance abuse problems, such as a past trauma, an underlying mental health disorder or an addiction that stems from the legitimate prescription of a pain medication following an injury or surgical procedure.

How is your relationship with your family? For some, family support is a key step to success and finding a program that allows visitation or regular phone calls is important. For others, especially when multiple members of a family have substance abuse issues, removing yourself from that situation and getting rehab out of town is more beneficial. If you are committed to changing your life, you may need to be far away from relatives who could sabotage your efforts.

What are your triggers? If you live in a small, remote location, chances are, your triggers are everywhere. You would be best served to find a treatment facility that is far from your triggers. A trigger could be friends, stressful relationships or other environmental factors that could take your focus away from recovery.

Are you looking for something that is more discreet? Though most treatment facilities have strict privacy guidelines and need to comply with federal HIPAA regulations, there is merit to going to a treatment facility far from home. Especially for those in high profile positions, it is easy to say that you are taking a sabbatical to Florida than heading off to 28-days in a treatment facility.

Regardless if you live in Sarasota, the state of Florida, or any other destination in the country, Pathways provides quality substance abuse treatment for those committed to a life in recovery. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is a comprehensive treatment center providing detox, 28-day or extended care treatment programs, aftercare and links to transitional or sober housing. Using evidence-based treatment methods, Pathways is capable of treating the most challenging and unique cases. Clients are able to receive visitors on weekends and phone calls are permitted under the supervision of the counseling staff.

For more information call 855-349-5988.

Making and Breaking New Year’s Resolutions

While many people are making (and already breaking) their New Year’s resolutions for 2015, there are some question as to if making a New Year’s resolutions is the right thing for people new to recovery. While most resolutions center on losing weight, saving money or spending more time with family, they are often viewed simply as a lofty goal.

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To truly be successful at a New Year’s resolution, a person needs to put a plan in place, such as I can save money if I cut out the extra movie channels on my cable package. That money will go directly from my paycheck to my savings account.

Often, the goal of the resolution is not realistic and sets up a failure. For example, you resolve to lose 30 pounds this year. That is attainable if you are dedicated to changing your diet and adding an exercise program to your lifestyle. However, most people aren’t willing to make the commitment or give up after a short period of time.

While the teachings of most recovery programs are to take each day at a time, rather than focusing on a year-long resolution, people may be better served to have a daily goal, such as I will attend a meeting today, I will contact my sponsor, I will do step work. For those with more confidence of sticking with a resolution, keep it simple – resolve to attend one more meeting each week or begin a journal where you note progress or concerns you have on maintaining your recovery.

*Sidebar info: According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, about 45 percent of us will make a New Year’s resolution. Unfortunately, about 25 percent of these resolutions will be ditched after the first week. Six months later, fewer than half of the people who made resolutions will have sustained them. The rate of complete success for New Year’s resolutions is an abysmal 8 percent. Interestingly, people who are in their twenties are more than twice as likely to maintain a resolution as those who are in their fifties.