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How Your Personality Type Affects Recovery

No two people are exactly alike. This is why every addict or alcoholic’s story is unique. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, a type A or a type B, an optimist or a pessimist, recovery is possible. Yet, it does need to be tailored to your particular personality type.

Why Personalized Addiction Treatment Is Necessary For Each Personality

Stubborn About Goals-Personality Type Affects RecoveryOnly with a personalized treatment plan can you get the specific type of care you need for successful, long-term recovery.

Treatments that work for one individual may be ill-suited for another. For example, an introvert may be overwhelmed by a large group therapy session. In contrast, someone who loves to be the life of the party may be challenged with an inwardly-focused, holistic treatment such as meditation.

One of the many benefits of entering a well-rounded rehab program is that your needs are carefully assessed and you’re given the customized addiction treatment you need.

While it’s important to leverage the benefits of treatments that are suited to your specific personality type, it’s also beneficial to go outside of your comfort zone by trying protocols that may at first seem a little scary or uncomfortable.

It’s not uncommon for a self-proclaimed introvert to find a welcome home in a large 12-step meeting. It’s also likely that someone who is outgoing will find renewed peace and tranquility in the quietness of yoga or other reflective treatment.

The Evolution Of The Mind, Body And Spirit In Recovery

Regardless of your specific personality type, it is a fact that you will undergo significant changes in recovery. Your mind, body and spirit will heal, and things that seemed once impossible can become a reality. What was uncertain or difficult can become clear and simple.

One of the many benefits of recovery is the discovery of finding out who exactly you are without the cloud of drugs or alcohol. An introvert may find that she is actually quite extroverted when she is no longer plagued with addiction. A pessimist may find that he is unabashedly positive when the grip of alcohol or drugs is eliminated.

Discover The Real You

Many addicts will tell you that they discovered many new aspects of their personalities when they embraced recovery. The first step is getting help. At Summit Behavioral Health, we believe that a customized treatment plan is the best approach to treatment. We start with a comprehensive assessment and take into account your specific needs, goals, interests and, yes, your personality type.

Are you ready to discover who you are without drugs or alcohol? Pick up the phone now and speak to a caring addiction specialist to get started.

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Is It Possible To Speed Up Recovery?

Is It Possible To Speed Up Recovery-Safe Detox

You’re thinking about finally getting the help you need for your addiction. Whether you’re using drugs or alcohol, you don’t want the process of recovery to take longer than it should. Yet, taking a “quick” approach to recovery may not provide the results you want over the long-term.

The Problems With Quick Recovery

It would be great if there were a magic wand that would take all of your troubles away and make sobriety easy and pain-free. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. It took time for you to become addicted, and it will also take time to work your way through the critical first step of detox, and then maintain sobriety thereafter.

Along with breaking the initial habit of using, successful recovery hinges on understanding why the addiction happened in the first place and how you can avoid triggers to use in the future. There may be people or situations in your life that are unhealthy. You may have an underlying mental illness, such as depression or bipolar disorder, which has caused you to self-medicate. Without properly addressing these problems, the likelihood that you will have a relapse is extremely high.

A More Effective And Safer Approach To Detox And Recovery

While it’s not possible to just skip past any unpleasantness that comes with detox and recovery, the good news is advances in treatment have made it far more comfortable than the days when the only option was “cold turkey.”

It is possible to maximize an individual’s progress and minimize the pain and symptoms associated with detox. A professional detoxification program to rid your body of drugs or alcohol while being surrounded by addiction professionals who can help you through the process gives you a strong, early foundation for long-term recovery. You can also take advantage of medications and holistic treatments that have been proven to help ease symptoms and cravings. Holistic treatments can include meditation, yoga, nutrition and massage.

Call us now to start your journey to healing and recovery. The first step to a new beginning starts by picking up the phone.

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When Does A Relapse Really Start?

When Does A Relapse Really Start

You’ve completed detox and rehab. Now, it’s time to begin your lifelong journey of recovery. While it can be amazingly liberating to no longer be constricted by the grip of addiction, there will be challenges and hurdles that put you at risk of relapse.

To minimize the chance of a relapse, it’s important to understand both the stages of relapse and triggers that put you at risk. While in rehab, you certainly reflected upon the people, places and things that played a part in your addiction. During the first days, weeks and months of recovery, it’s vital to prevent relapse with a long-term recovery plan that includes strategies for avoiding these obvious triggers.

Early Stages Of Addiction Relapse

Exposure To Triggers

When you’re put in the position of being exposed to one of your triggers, it starts a cycle that, if not stopped, will lead you quickly back to drinking or drug use. This typically begins with feeling negative emotions such as anxiety, anger or isolation. With these feelings in play, you may feel increased desire to self-medicate for relief. You will start thinking more about using, and it may even spawn an internal conflict that is difficult to ignore.

Mental Relapse

Next, comes the mental relapse stage when it becomes appealing to start using again. You begin to dwell on the familiar people and places that you associate with your addiction. You may even decide to revisit these “triggers.” This is when negative thoughts can turn into damaging action.

Relapse Is Preventable

All of these preliminary stages to full-blown relapse are preventable if there are strategies in place for changing the mindset and addressing the emotions. If this doesn’t happen, it’s only a matter of time before you’re back into the cycle of addiction.

Relapse Is Preventable

Proactive Management Of Triggers

The time to manage a threat to your recovery isn’t when you’re talking to your dealer or sitting in a bar. It’s learning how to identify the earliest signs of a relapse and finding healthier ways for dealing with negative feelings such as attending a 12-step meeting or talking to your sponsor, practicing holistic, stress-relieving therapies such as meditation or yoga, or working out negative emotions by writing or exercising.

Have You Relapsed?

Are you struggling to sustain your recovery or have you already relapsed? Don’t focus on your failure. Instead, get help and strengthen your ability to continue on your lifelong journey. Call us today to find out how.

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What To Do To Avoid The Feelings That Lead To Substance Abuse

After the initial detox process when you’ve eliminated the substances from your body, the lifetime journey of recovery begins. While you will most likely feel enthusiasm and confidence for sustaining recovery, the reality is that there are unavoidable twists and turns in life that can prompt feelings that can put you at risk of using again.

Feelings That Trigger Substance Abuse

Discipline-Strategies To Avoid The Feelings That Lead To Substance AbuseOne of the most important parts of recovery is learning how to avoid and overcome feelings that led you to substance abuse in the first place. Many addicts that relapse do so because they never addressed underlying feelings and issues that caused them to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.

Once they’ve returned back into their normal life, it’s only a matter of time before they’re hit with a borage of feelings triggered by an event, a person, or situation. Sometimes, these feelings come out of nowhere, particularly when there are underlying mental issues, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Learning To Deal With Negative Feelings, Emotions And Negative Thoughts

In a perfect world after rehab, you’ll never have to face a challenge of any kind again and sustaining recovery would be easy. Yet, the reality is that life is full of challenges, hurdles, unexpected situations and even difficult people. All of these things can prompt negative feelings to pop up and take over.

The key to avoiding a relapse is learning how to identify your personal triggers for using drugs or alcohol and finding ways to stay mentally strong and healthy.

Strategies To Prevent Relapse

The following are tips to prevent relapse and stay strong both mentally and physically.

Holistic Therapies

Holistic therapies learned in rehab can be particularly beneficial for keeping negative thoughts under control and can dramatically improve a temporary negative mindset.

Simple techniques can be very beneficial, such as:

  • meditation
  • exercise
  • yoga
  • getting a good night’s sleep

Strong Support System

It’s also very important to have a strong network of individuals around you who support your recovery. When you’re feeling down, you can talk through your feelings with your support system and gain encouragement to stay on your journey of recovery. A 12-step program can be particularly beneficial because you can share your feelings with those who have been exactly where you are. They can provide you with their coping tips, and you’ll feel the powerfully positive feeling of camaraderie of being in a group that deeply understands what you’re going through.

Take That First Step To Healing And Recovery

Whether you’ve never received treatment for drug or alcohol addiction or you’ve had several relapses, there is help available and strategies to be gained to avoid feelings that led to your addiction.

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How To Choose A Rehab

How To Choose A Rehab  Ways To Choose The Right RehabWhen you’re searching for a drug or alcohol rehab for yourself or a loved one, you naturally want one that will be effective. This isn’t like choosing a pair of shoes. It’s a life-changing decision that requires careful consideration.

The reality is that there is no facility that can guarantee recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism. With that said, there are facilities however, that use the most advanced treatments to provide higher rates of success than other treatment options. When you’re making this important decision, you need to use a few important strategies for choosing the right rehab.

Ways To Choose The Right Rehab

The following are ways to help you choose the right rehab facility for yourself or a loved one.

Ask Lots Of Questions

A reputable rehab facility will enthusiastically welcome your questions. Here are a few to ask:

  • How many patients have you treated?
  • Is the facility both licensed and accredited?
  • What kind of results can I expect from rehab?
  • What is the length of the program?
  • Does a physician supervise treatment?
  • What treatments are offered?
  • What if there is also an underlying mental condition?
  • Is the facility coed?
  • Is this an inpatient or outpatient facility?

Consider The Costs Of Addiction Treatment

When choosing the right rehab facility, cost will almost certainly be a factor. In some cases, insurance will cover a portion of the costs. It’s not uncommon to be shocked at the price of addiction treatment services. However, it’s important to remember that the price of treatment is far less than the long-term cost of addiction.

As with anything else, you get what you pay for when it comes to addiction treatment. Quality addiction treatment facilities with higher success rates tend to be more expensive. Yet, the rate of completing the program and sustaining long-term recovery will generally be higher with this type of facility rather than with one that is a “budget” option.

Are The Treatments Evidence-Based?

Regardless of your budget for treatment, it’s very important to choose one that offers evidence-based treatment protocols. This means that there has been research conducted into the therapies and medications used. In most cases, this research has taken place at universities and published in medical journals. Be suspicious of any treatment facility that does not use evidence-based treatments or is unwilling to provide their long-term success rates. As well, be wary of any program that sounds like a “quick fix.”

At the end of the day, you want what’s best, whether it’s for you or a loved. Take your time with choosing the right rehab and make sure you make a decision based on solid facts and evidence.

Are You Searching For Help?

At Summit Behavioral Health, we welcome your questions and want to help you in your journey of finding the right recovery facility. Call us today to learn more about our services and individualized addiction treatment programs.

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