- Full Physical from a Medical Doctor is needed to assess your safety in cutting back from alcohol and other drugs since withdrawals can be life threatening. Get a base line on your vital signs and any underlying issues like high blood pressure or signs of diabetes, etc.
- Medications may be prescribed by a physician to provide support and stability as you begin your steps in recovery.
- Good Nutrition is giving your body the good food and nutrients it needs for health rather than the sugar and empty calories you put in your body during your addiction.
- Exercise like lifting weights, fast walking, bike riding, or hot yoga to help your body release stress and readjust to being able to fall asleep. Exercise can build muscle to support your body as well as readjust your body chemistry and bring endorphins back to normal.
Many people in recovery experience high levels of anxiety which may be one of the primary reasons that they began using substance and behaviors initially.
Identifying anxiety is a key to recovery and learning some simple ways to address it. Mindful practices, deep breathing, learning to self-regulate internal stress.
He explains that the psychological function of addiction is to reverse a sense of overwhelming helplessness and that every addictive act is a substitute for more direct behavior. The reversal of helplessness is a function of addiction and the powerful drive behind addiction is rage at that helplessness. Alcoholism is treated as a displacement (substitute behavior) that can be reversed through psychodynamic psychotherapy aimed at understanding, managing, and learning about oneself so that a direct action can be undertaken as possible and appropriate for the situation. Addiction as a misguided quest for empowerment is plausible.
Whether one agrees fully with the author’s perspective is less important than the importance of understanding what it contributes to efforts to develop effective intervention with persons struggling with addictive disease, especially if they have ‘failed’ at treatment and do not fit in with 12 step groups.
This new approach provides the reader with an opportunity to make an assessment of their own lifelong tendencies and behaviors and compulsions to use.
"Breaking Addiction" is written directly to the person struggling and gives simple, descriptive and sensitive narratives about real clients to illustrate every point. Counselors who use this approach routinely report they give this book to their clients and find that they gain so much by reading it. Their therapy literally leaps forward, and they feel empowered to find personal answers and truth as they apply the thoughtful principles.
After decades of clinical treatment programs based on non-clinical 12 Step principles and practices, it can be challenging to read an approach to recovery that does not embrace 12 -Step philosophy.
Motivational Interviewing has five principles that focus on empowering patients and make the treatment process different from more traditional confrontational or “talk” therapies.
- Express and Show Empathy Toward Clients
- Support and Develop Discrepancy
- Deal with Resistance
- Support Self-Efficacy
The Stages of Change of the TTM/ Transtheoretical Model is based on decades of research which found that individuals move through a series of five stages (precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance) in the adoption of healthy behaviors or cessation of unhealthy ones.