“I’m OK.” “I’m fine.” “Everything’s good.” It seems that we’re programmed from a young age to give a response like that when asked how we’re doing. It’s so ingrained in us that it becomes second nature, even when we are far from OK — even when our lives are falling apart. At our detox program in Sacramento, we tell people that “I’m not OK” is a perfectly acceptable answer, and the only honest answer when you are hurting and in need of help.
The Benefits of Being Vulnerable
Not surprisingly, in our culture it takes great strength to open up about our vulnerabilities. But when we find a way to do it, we discover there are many benefits to being honest about our challenges.
For people battling drug or alcohol addiction, anxiety often comes with the territory. And while prescription medication can be helpful in managing anxiety, it’s not without its drawbacks. For one thing, some people find the side effects unpleasant. And, for others, anxiety medication can be misused and can become a new form of dependency. At our drug rehab center in Sacramento, we encourage the people we work with to explore the many drug-free options for managing anxiety.
Healthy Alternatives for Alleviating Anxiety
While you should always talk with your doctor before changing any medication regimen, here are five alternatives to anti-anxiety drugs that can help lessen anxiety.
Inertia… loosely defined it’s the tendency to do nothing new or to remain unchanged. For many people with a drug or alcohol addiction, it’s the force that keeps them headed down the same path even when they desperately want to be moving in a different, healthier direction.
Unfortunately, a successful strategy for getting and staying clean has many components, and the time and effort involved to tackle them all can seem overwhelming. That’s why at our drug treatment center in Sacramento we talk about the power of changing just one thing in your life and how it can lead to a positive ripple effect.
The process of recovering from alcohol or drug addiction can be an emotional rollercoaster, with tremendous highs and crushing lows, and feelings that cover the spectrum from joy to anger to despair. And for too many people, their approach to dealing with those emotions is to keep them bottled up inside. While the person may look like they are doing alright, the truth is they are ready to explode. We see this frequently at our Sacramento addiction recovery center.
Cracking Open the Pressure Cooker
Finding ways to safely decompress is key to preventing the negative emotional and physical fallout of a massive eruption, including a return to using. Here are some healthy ways to release pent-up emotions and keep your recovery on track.
When you are in the grip of drug addiction and have recognized that you want to be free, your wish is to simply be celebrating at the finish line. The reality is that getting clean is a journey, and it is challenging. But the benefits of a new lease on life are well worth the effort. And knowing how people progress through the process can help set your expectations correctly, so we always explain the stages to the people we work with at our Sacramento outpatient drug rehab center.
While every situation is unique, addiction recovery generally progresses through these five stages:
Of course, there can be no movement toward recovery until a person begins to understand that there is a problem. Sometimes that recognition is due to interactions with friends, family, or coworkers. In other instances, a person simply has an “awakening” of sorts out of the blue. In any case, it can be the beginnings of recovery.