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Coronavirus and addiction: what does it mean for recovering addicts during lockdown?
If you’re on the road to recovery from an addiction, whether from alcohol or drugs, suddenly being forced to stay at home under the coronavirus lockdown restrictions will definitely make things a lot harder. Under normal circumstances, an outpatient visits their doctor and goes to regular support groups but, in some cases, living in self-isolation with a lack of routine and guidance poses a major challenge.
Thankfully, our BAND OF HOPE is here with our expert advice for those who might be at home alone during the pandemic, struggling with addiction.
How might a recovering addict struggle at home during lockdown?
There are lots of things that are different during a lockdown, such as not being able to go to work or even go outside at all. You might be sitting at home with access to all kinds of things like alcohol and maybe even drugs.
Or it could be the other way round where you can’t get ahold of drugs. Currently, the street prices of he**in and co***ne are very high as they can’t get into the country. Cannabis isn’t the same as some of us tend to grow it ourselves at home in Manipur but class A drugs such as coke, yaaba and he**in have stopped being freely available or they are bad quality.
If you’re in lockdown it’s going to be more difficult to get help but support and treatment can be offered over the phone.Is someone more likely to relapse?
It’s much less controlled when we are all working from home. The situation with coronavirus is very stressful for everyone and therefore the risk of relapse is obviously there and more likely than otherwise.
How does rehabilitation compare to being at home under lockdown?
In rehabilitation you are doing something every day by taking part in groups, having therapy or doing physical exercise. Under lockdown, we have a restriction of liberty and there is nothing to do because there is much less structure. Lockdown and rehab are not particularly similar. If you are an alcoholic, for example, you can buy your drinks using home delivery.How would a psychiatrist adapt the treatment plan for an outpatient during COVID-19?
We are doing things via the phone, Skype, e-Consultation, FaceTime and we are doing these more frequently than usual with outpatients because we think that people are in need of more support during these circumstances. What advice can you give to an outpatient recovering from addiction during the crisis?
It’s difficult but try to stay away from it. People in recovery have struggled so much to be in recovery that it would be very sad if they were to relapse during this situation. A lot of telephone consultations are available, even for people who are suffering from mental health conditions.
People are dealing with the pandemic situation in different ways. Some people become much more capable than they were before, making sure they have enough food and medicine and organising people to come and help them.
Our overall advice is that you should try and use the support that is available, even if it is not the same as you are used to because it is still something that is there. Coronavirus is unprecedented and we don’t have much knowledge on what to do during a pandemic but it’s good that we are all trying to find ways in which to make things work.
If you are struggling at home during the coronavirus crisis, you can book an appointment with Band OF Hope via our Facebook profile and Whatsapp here and our expert will be in touch as to how they can help.
We would do these kinds of sessions more often, like once or twice a week. People are struggling and we are trying to adapt to a different situation but we are making sure that everything takes place with treatment.
Holistic Approach to Addiction
Band Of Hope recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
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How Do You Know When Someone is an Addict?
Addictive behaviour occurs when a substance, activity or behaviour becomes the main focus of an individual’s life, resulting physical, mental or social harm to themselves or others. It is possible for a person to become addicted or dependent on anything. So how do you know when a person has become an addict? Read on to find out the most common characteristics of addiction that indicate you or someone you love is going down a slippery slope.
First of all, what is addiction?
A person with an addiction does not have any control over what they are doing, using or taking because their brain chemistry changes as their addiction progresses. Their addiction may have reached a point where it has become harmful. Addictions are not just limited to physical things that we consume, such as alcohol or drugs, but may include practically anything such as gambling, s*x and food. Addiction can refer to either a substance dependence, such as with drug addiction, or behavioural addiction like gambling, s*x or internet.
The term addiction used to solely indicate psychoactive substances that cross the barrier between the body and the brain to temporarily alter the brain’s chemical balance. It would include to***co, alcohol and some drugs. Nowadays, a significant amount of psychologists and healthcare professionals insist that psychological dependency, such as with smart phone, s*x, gambling, work, should be considered as addictions as well since they also cause feelings of shame, guilt, failure, despair, anxiety, hopelessness and humiliation.
When an individual becomes addicted to something, they start to become dependent on it and need to keep repeating the activities, taking the drug or drinking alcohol, despite the negative consequences these behaviours bring.
The most common characteristics of addiction
Some of the most common characteristics of addiction include:
1. The individual cannot stop taking the substance
Oftentimes, such as with alcohol or drug dependence, a person has seriously attempted to give up their addiction at least once, though unsuccessfully.
2. Health problems do not stop their addiction
The person keeps taking the substance as usual, despite having developed illnesses connected to it. For example, an alcohol addict may keep drinking even after finding out they have a liver disease.
3. Giving up recreational and/or social activities
Addiction can cause some people to give up or not become involved in activities. For example, an internet addict may choose not to go camping if they know they won’t have internet access. Likewise, an alcoholic may avoid long trips where they know they will not have access to alcohol.
4. Keeping a steady supply
Individuals who are addicted to a substance will always have enough of it around, regardless of the amount of money they have to ensure that they have a good supply readily available.
5. Saving stashes
Addicted people tend to keep small stashes of their substance hidden away in various locations, such as throughout their house or in their car.
6. Risky behaviour
Sometimes, the addicted person may engage in risky behaviour to ensure they can get their substance of choice, such as by trading s*x for drugs or money and stealing. On the other hand, an addict who is under the influence of substances may engage in risky activities like reckless driving.
7. Excessive consumption
With some addictions, like alcohol and certain drugs, an addict may consume it to excess. This can result in physical symptoms or blackouts, where they cannot remember anything for a certain amount of time.
8. Dealing with issues
An addicted individual often feels that they cannot deal with their problems without their drug of choice so they often abuse the substance as a way to self-medicate.
An addicted individual may spend increasingly more time and energy thinking of ways they can get more of their substance, or even other ways they can use it.
10. Secrecy and denial
Many addicts take their substance on their own as well as without anyone knowing about it. If anyone confronts them about their using, they either refuse to acknowledge or are not aware that they have a problem.
11. Having troubles with the law
Addicts may run into problems with the law due to the risks that they take when they are using due to impaired judgment. Or they may break the law in order to obtain their drug of choice.
12. Financial problems
If the substance is costly then the addicted person may sacrifice their budget for housing or groceries to ensure they have a secure supply.
13. Relationship issues
Addicts often have relationship issues due to their secrecy, which can lead to trust issues. As the relationship deteriorates, violence, anger and emotional abuse often become concerns.
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Taking a Daily Inventory in Addiction Recovery
February 22, 2021
The life of someone suffering from addiction doesn’t become unmanageable overnight. The disease of addiction results from a confluence of different factors, which ultimately include a biological or genetic predisposition to chemical dependency, growing up in an addictive family system or an alcoholic home, environmental aspects such as peers who abuse drugs and alcohol and experiencing trauma. Moreover, alcohol and drug addiction results in a number of profound effects, which include the physical and health effects, harm or destruction to personal relationships, sacrificing financial stability and employment, and many other negative effects. However, despite the profound and negative influences that chemical dependency can have on individuals and their loved ones, recovery from the disease of addiction is both possible, attainable and sustainable. An individual suffering from addiction can flourish in a life of recovery.
The treatment provided at Band Of Hope on Thambalkhong, Lane no 8, Manipur Imphal East incorporates the 12-steps into the programming. A platform that is spiritual but not religious, the renowned Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous create a guideline for living that is available to anyone pursing a path of recovery from addiction. While some of recovering addicts’ success can be attributed to attendance at an inpatient residential addiction treatment program, there’s increasing support for the significant role that attendance at twelve-step support groups can play in long-term sobriety. Patients that attend residential treatment at Band Of Hope are provided with contacts and meetings in their area to support them once they complete the inpatient program. Since Alcoholics Anonymous was created in 1935 by Bill Wilson as a means of helping a colleague achieve lasting sobriety, the recovery fellowship has gained considerable traction as the preferred means of achieving mental and spiritual recovery from alcoholism. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been used or adapted for many derivative groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), S*x Addicts Anonymous (SA), Gamblers Anonymous (GA), Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA), Family (AL-ANON) and several others.
The 10th Step is an opportunity to evaluate one’s life on a daily basis which can be done either through journalling or in a moment of self-reflection. As the 10th step states “continued to take a personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it” it involves maintaining a certain level of integrity, ideals, and principles and represents that spiritual progress (not perfection) can be made through the taking of a daily personal and/or moral inventory. One of the most important traits of the Tenth Step is that it helps individuals to minimize the build-up of certain negative emotions (resentment, jealousy, irrational fear, anger, shame, self-pity etc.) that could potentially deter one’s recovery or make an individual more likely to relapse.
Daily inventories can look different for many individuals in recovery from drug, alcohol or process addiction. Here are some prompts that can assist you in cultivating a practice of personal & moral inventory on a regular basis:
How did I show love to others? Did I act unloving towards anyone?|
How did I show love to myself? What did I do for self-care? Did I talk negatively to myself?
How was my serenity? Did anything happen that caused me to lose it? What was my part?
Was I patient/kind/compassionate? What caused me to lose these attributes? Do I owe anyone amends?
Was I honest? Did I keep my word with everyone? Did I keep my word with myself?
What did I do to connect with my Higher Power?
What can I celebrate? What would I have done differently?
What am I grateful for?
Even though the focus is largely about how we had harmed someone or when we had acted out, when we were fearful or angry this inventory is about balance. It can steer us away from denial, blaming and dishonesty fuelled by fear towards courageous authenticity. It can also be a way to celebrate how we did right by ourselves and to others. It creates an opportunity to do better tomorrow. It creates connection with our Higher Power, with our loved ones and with our intuition.
If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction to alcohol or drugs and would like to learn more about addiction treatment or twelve-step recovery, the staff at Band Of Hope can help. Call today at +917085321807 to speak with one of our experienced admissions coordinators who can answer all your questions and help you find the addiction treatment program that best suits you or your loved ones need
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The Importance of Wellness in Addiction Recovery
Before we can truly understand the importance of wellness in our lives and in addiction recovery, we must first understand the meaning of wellness. The World Health Organization defines wellness as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”1 In other words, wellness is an active and involved process in which we make meaningful choices that we know will enhance our daily lives and provide a healthy and fulfilling experience.
Wellness is an extremely important aspect of life because the way we feel has an impact on our overall well-being. In turn, our well-being affects the things we do and say. Achieving wellness in life can reduce stress, improve relationships, and provide a long, fulfilling life. This requires a balanced lifestyle and a commitment to caring for the mind, body, and spirit equally.2
Individuals recovering from addiction are transitioning from a life of destruction, selfishness, and impulsiveness, to a life of purposeful action, stability, and compassion for others. The two could not be more opposite.
As a result, this transition is often a difficult one and may require a commitment to rehab, a transitional housing program, or another treatment plan as well as a conscious decision to prioritize personal wellness moving forward. But what does that look like in everyday life?
Choosing to Prioritize Wellness
To prioritize anything in life, we first have to make a personal commitment to it. You can do this in a number of different ways. You can create a list of short-term and long-term goals and hang it up on your bathroom mirror at home where you’ll see it every day. You can also keep a personal journal and log your goals there. Or you can simply confide in your counselor or therapist by vocalizing your goals and asking for accountability.
However you choose to commit to your wellness, just remember that stating your goals is just the beginning. To achieve those wellness goals, you will also need the following things:
A plan — What actions will you take on a daily basis to achieve your wellness goals as you continue your recovery journey from addiction? How will you make this work with your job, time with family, and social life? Do you need to create a strict schedule for yourself to follow each day? It’s important to consider questions like these and plan appropriately. Everyone is different so someone else’s strategy may not work well for you, but trying different things is the only way you will figure out what works best for you.
Organization and determination — Staying committed to your health and wellness goals is not always easy, especially when you’re battling triggers, high-risk situations, and cravings in addiction recovery. Sticking to a structured schedule and staying motivated are key aspects of maintaining long-term change, whether it’s working on out a daily basis, cooking healthy meals, or staying sober.
Accountability — Regardless of how determined you are, everyone needs a strong support network to achieve their wellness and sobriety goals. Sober living homes can provide valuable networks of sober peers and staff that will keep you accountable to your recovery goals and help you get back on track if they see you falling off the wagon.
Time — Any major lifestyle change takes time. It’s essential that you are patient with yourself and remember that change doesn’t happen overnight. Prioritizing wellness in life and in recovery is a continual journey of change and growth. If you find that you need the additional support of a sober living home for a year or two, that’s perfectly fine. If you feel like you’re ready to face the challenges of independent sober living after a few months in a transitional living home, that’s fine too.
How to Improve Personal Wellness in Addiction Recovery
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlines eight different dimensions of wellness that each contributes to the mental and physical health of individuals who struggle with substance use disorders.3 Here are eight suggestions on how to improve each dimension of wellness in a lifestyle of recovery.
Practice effective coping strategies to manage strong emotions.
Emotional wellness is the ability to cope with life changes and build meaningful relationships. In drug and alcohol rehab, clients learn many different strategies to cope with emotions, triggers, and high-risk situations. Whether you are enrolled in a sober living program or living at home, you can use obstacles like these as an opportunity to practice your coping strategies and cultivate healthy interaction with others.
2. Choose a living environment that supports your health, safety, and sobriety.
Environmental wellness requires a living environment that is stimulating and supports your overall well-being. If you are recovering from addiction, you may need to be in an environment that is stable, supportive, and drug and alcohol-free. This may mean enrolling in a sober living program or moving back home to live with your parents while you learn how to live an independent sober life.
3. Create a budget for yourself and stick to it.
Financial wellness is defined by SAMHSA as a “satisfaction with current and future financial situations.” In addiction recovery, it is essential that individuals learn how to manage their money responsibly and pay for their own housing, food, and other essentials. Creating and sticking to a financial budget will help individuals manage whatever income they have and learn how to spend and save responsibly.
4. Take up a new hobby or go back to school.
The primary aspect of intellectual wellness is finding ways to expand your skills and knowledge. This creates a sense of fulfillment and also improves self-efficacy, which is very important in addiction recovery. There are countless ways to stimulate yourself intellectually, such as learning a new skill like playing the guitar or gardening. Or you may choose to go back to school to complete a degree or technical program. All of these things will help improve your intellectual wellness.
5. Find ways to enjoy your job or search for a new one.
It’s important that you find satisfaction and enrichment from your work, regardless of what you do for a living. This is called occupational wellness. For example, if you are a school custodian, you may not be working your dream job, but you can feel satisfied that you are providing a clean and safe space for children to learn and grow. If you are truly unhappy with your job, you have the ability to change that. Start searching for a new job that you feel will make you happy or start taking steps to get that job, such as enrolling in college or completing a certification program.
6. Eat healthy foods and exercise regularly.
Physical wellness is another essential aspect of your overall well-being. In order to prioritize your health on a daily basis, you’ll need to make conscious decisions about the food you are putting into your body and the amount of physical activity you engage in. Choose and prepare foods that you know will provide you with energy. You may also want to create a workout schedule and routine for yourself or join a group class that will keep you motivated to stay moving. Physical health is especially important for those in addiction recovery, as drug and alcohol abuse can cause serious damage to the body.
7. Participate in social activities that you enjoy.
Participating in social activities on a regular basis will give your life meaning and provide fulfillment in many ways. Becoming an active and productive member of a social community will improve communication skills and help develop a sense of belonging. Joining a peer support group and connecting with other sober individuals while doing things you enjoy, such as playing sports or creating art, are great ways to improve social wellness in recovery. Social media and current technology have made this much more convenient and individuals can easily find local sobriety groups on Facebook, Instagram, or with a quick Google search.
8. Practice mindfulness.
Finding purpose and meaning in life is essential to spiritual wellness. Whether you believe in a higher power or not, you can still practice mindfulness in your everyday life. Being mindful will help you focus on the present instead of lingering in the past or future, and will also help you deal with stressful situations and emotions in healthy ways. To practice mindfulness, you may want to begin meditating each morning, keep a personal journal where you can record your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, or practice yoga and tai chi to engage both your body and your mind.
If you’re struggling to prioritize your personal wellness in addiction recovery, a transitional living program or sober living home can help you develop structure and accountability to live a healthy and balanced life in sobriety.
You ARE NOT EVERYONE'S
CUP OF TEA
The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, no matter what you try, will simply not like you. But the world is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. The ones who love you: hey are Your People.
Don't waste your finite time and heart trying to
convince the people who aren't your people that you have value. They will miss it completely. They won't buy what you are selling. Don't try to convince them to walk your path with you because you will only waste your time and your emotional good health. You are not for them and hey are not for you. You are not their cup of tea and they are not yours.
Politely wave them along and you move away as well. Seek to share your path with those who recognize and appreciate your gifts, who you are.
Be who you are.
You are not everyone's cup of tea and that is OK.
Sr. Counselor (BOH)
Addiction: The top 10 things you need to know
1. Overcoming addiction is not just about willpower
Overcoming addiction means overcoming both craving and compulsion, extremely difficult forces to contend with. And it's not simply about willpower. Addictions are complex issues influenced by multiple factors, including your genetics, your childhood experiences, stress, and brain function.
2. Addiction is not an indication of underlying character disorder.
With an addiction, a person's personality and behaviour can drastically change. Fortunately, these changes are most often the result of – and not the cause of – the addiction. With good treatment, the personality and behavioural changes will improve and most likely return to normal.
3. Treating underlying mental health issues will not make an addiction go away.
20% of people with mental health illnesses, such as depression or anxiety, also have a substance abuse problem. Most of the time, these two issues needs to be addressed simultaneously, meaning that “fixing” one does not make the other disappear.
4. You don't have to hit rock bottom before you get help with an addiction.
Although people with addictions may need to experience sufficient discomfort from their addiction before they will be motivated enough to seek help, there are many ways that the process of recovery can be facilitated. Loved ones and friends can stop covering up for, cleaning up after, and making excuses for the addicted person. An intervention by family or friends that helps an addicted person see and understand all of the consequences of their addiction (legal, professional, interpersonal) is another possible way to get someone to start treatment.
5. There is no quick fix for addiction.
For complex problems, there is a never a quick and easy solution. Since addictions are complex and involve physical, emotional, and socials issues, they require a treatment plan that addresses the all of these areas. Although medication may prove to be a helpful part of the treatment plan, it will not provide all that is necessary for successful recovery.
6. You can recover from addiction.
Some people are able to quit on their own, but treatment programs that address the physical, emotional, and social aspects of addiction may prove to be more successful in the long run. You will need to learn about your addiction, coping skills, and other strategies to manage cravings. But with commitment, patience, and support, you can recover from your addiction, or at least lessen the impact it has on your life.
7. If you are addicted, you are not alone.
Whether it's gambling, food, drugs, or alcohol, addiction is a common issue for people from all walks of life. For example, worldwide there are over 27 million people who have problems with drug use. Support groups for people trying to recover from an addiction similar to yours can be a tremendous source of support, encouragement, and resources. For a support group in your area, check out our support group resources, or ask your doctor or health care professional about support groups in your area.
8. You can protect yourself against addiction.
There are many factors that contribute to the development of addiction, but researchers have also identified other factors that help protect children and teens from developing addictions. These include:
having a good adult role model such as a parent or teacher
having a strong and open relationship with family
having a good relationship with the school and community
having plans for the future
being involved in sports and other activities
Of course, having any or all of these in place will not guarantee that an addiction will not occur, but they are among the factors that can reduce the risk of addiction.
9. You can help someone with an addiction.
Many people with an addiction, and many family members of people with addictions, are embarrassed about the addiction and don't want to talk about it. But talking about addiction is one of the best things to do. How you talk to someone with an addiction will affect the response you get:
Let the person know you are concerned and are there to talk and listen.
Try to provide information about the addiction and encourage the person to get help.
Help the person problem-solve and develop skills to deal with tempting situations.
Try not to argue with, blame, or judge the person with the addiction, as this will only distance them.
10. It can be hard to identify the signs of addiction.
The signs of addiction can be hard to identify. However, if you are addicted, you will likely:
crave the substance or activity
lose control of how much and how often you use the substance or activity
continue to use the substance or do the activity even though it is causing problems in your life
have a compulsion to use the substance or do the activity
Written and reviewed by Azim( Sr Counselor B.O.H)
Imphal East, Wangkhei Ayangpali Road Thambalkhong Lane No 8 (Eight)
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