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    Four Sources of Relapse Every Recovering Addict Should Avoid

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    It’s what every recovering addict fears—completing a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, only to fail soon afterward. While relapse is a possibility, it doesn’t have to happen to you. With support from your loved ones and your rehab center, you can avoid relapse. Read on to learn the four main sources of relapse:

    Source One: Thinking You’re Cured When you’ve successfully completed drug or alcohol rehab, you feel proud. But when recovering addicts boldly proclaim that they’ve beaten their addiction, they’re underestimating the illness. Don’t let yourself get cocky or believe you don’t need support, as it leads to failure down the road.

    Source Two: Lack of Support If you think you’re cured, then the logic follows that you no longer need help. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Sobriety is a life-long process, and most addicts find that ongoing support, whether it’s from a rehab center or a 12-step program, is necessary. Making excuses not to attend meetings is a dangerous sign of relapse.

    Source Three: Re-visiting the Past Sobriety means changing your lifestyle. Relapse can occur when you ignore the recommendations of your alcohol rehab program and start hanging out with old drinking buddies or visiting the bar. You may tell yourself you’re going just to see friends, but it can bring up powerful urges to slip into old habits.

    Source Four: Everyday Stress A person who doesn’t have addiction issues might shrug off a flat tire or a negative comment. Recovering addicts, even those who have been to a rehab center, don’t always have the same ability. Their healthy coping mechanisms are still new, and stress can lead them to old habits. While no one can avoid stress entirely, filling your life with healthy routines can help you cope.

    Anytime you feel like giving in, reach out for help from a trained professional. At Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar, we specialize in helping men and women successfully break free of addiction. Call us at (503) 298-4393 to learn how we can help you avoid relapse.

    Reintegrating With Society Following Addiction Treatment

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Entering a drug rehabilitation program is one of the most important steps you can take to get your life back on track. Once you’ve successfully completed your program and are getting ready to leave the rehab center, you’re faced with a new challenge—reintegrating with society. Here’s a brief guide to help you along the way:

    Make a recovery plan Many in the field of addiction research say you should look at addiction recovery the way you would any chronic disease, and continue the necessary treatments and lifestyle changes you need to stay healthy in the long-term. Work with the counselors at your rehab center to make a specific, concrete plan about where you will live, what you will do with your time, and what steps you’ll take to stay committed to sobriety.

    Consider a sober living house Most people require longer than a brief window of treatment to maintain sobriety. Moving from your rehab center into a structured environment is an excellent way to transition slowly to full integration with society. A sober living house can provide the time you need for continued support and a trigger-free environment.

    Go to work or school It’s important to fill your days with meaningful activities after leaving your rehab center, since boredom can be a trigger for relapse. Instead of drifting aimlessly, consider enrolling in college, getting a job, or volunteering at an organization you care about. School or work can provide you with a structured routine and give you a sense of purpose.

    Build a support system Don’t think you can go it alone. It’s important to get continued support, such as through a 12-step group, or meetings with a counselor from your rehab center. Don’t be afraid to lean on your family; everyone in your life can be a part of your continued recovery.

    At the Astoria Pointe treatment center for men and The Rosebriar center for women, we can help you build an after-care plan and provide a free lifelong alumni program to continue your support. Contact us at (503) 298-4393 to learn how we can help you take control of your life.

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    Discover More About Attaining and Maintaining Sobriety after Addiction Treatment

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Drug and alcohol abuse cause a host of damaging problems for addicts and their loved ones. To learn more about what is involved in an effective drug or alcohol addiction treatment program, browse the following links.

    To speak with a rehabilitation professional at Astoria Pointe, a serene rehabilitation center for men in Oregon, call (503) 298-4393. If you are interested in learning about addiction recovery for women, ask about The Rosebriar.

    Understanding Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome and How to Ease Its Effects in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The addictive nature of alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, prescription pain killers, and other drugs makes giving them up very difficult. When recovering addicts muster up the willpower to kick their addictions, they are in for a rude awakening. Physical and mental rewards do not come for weeks, months, or even years. Before a recovering addict can start to feel better, he or she must weather the unpleasant effects of Post-Acute Withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

    PAWS Basics PAWS describes a set of physical and mental symptoms that most individuals experience when withdrawing from a long-abused substance. People experience PAWS because they have become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a drug, altering their brain chemistry and changing the way their minds and bodies respond to certain situations.

    Common PAWS SymptomsOft-reported symptoms of PAWS include depression, anxiety, insomnia, heightened sensitivity to stress or pain, intense cravings, cognitive impairment, memory problems, and mood swings. Symptoms tend to be severe in the first days of sobriety, but affect different users differently and come and go without warning. Many individuals who relapse do so because of unbearable PAWS symptoms.

    Coping with PAWS Since PAWS is unpredictable and its effects can be profound, it is important to seek treatment for as long as symptoms persist. Many recovering addicts find that their symptoms are largely manageable by the time they have been clean for five or six months, whereas others battle symptoms for years. Participating in a reputable drug rehabilitation program followed by continued outpatient therapy is generally the most effective method of coping with PAWS and its symptoms.

    At Astoria Pointe, a residential drug and alcohol abuse treatment center in Oregon, recovering addicts have access to a knowledgeable team of treatment professionals and state-of-the-art facilities designed to keep the adverse effects of PAWS to a minimum. To learn more about our facilities or the rehabilitation programs we offer, which have been proven highly effective for thousands of men from Portland and elsewhere, call (503) 298-4393. Our sister rehab center, The Rosebriar, offers the same addiction recovery treatment options for women.

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