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ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR ADDICTION

Typically, someone who is addicted cannot accept that they have an addiction problem. Some of them do not know, particularly those who indulge in behavioral addiction. While, a good number of people who indulge in substance addiction are aware that they have an addiction problem. All the same, they would not readily acknowledge their addiction.

The main reason for this is public acceptance. The public would not readily accept people who are addicted because of the awkward mode of behavior they have. Some addicted individuals are known for being the reason behind mishaps and unfortunate occurrences in a particular city, town or community.

The brain of an addict becomes modified when addiction fully sets in. So, you can expect that the individual would not behave or process thoughts normally. This implies that some things they see as being right, are in actuality very wrong.

So, bearing in mind that the public would not accept them and there is a stigma that comes with being addicted, these individuals would prefer to keep to themselves. The worst part is, even with close people like family and friends, they would rather keep it hidden from them, than to involve them because they cannot fully be trusted.

The other side of the coin is accepting or acknowledging your addiction is what breeds recovery progress in the long run. In opting for a rehab where addiction treatment is being offered, you will be required to open up to the counselor and relay all that concerns your addiction problem. This is what the counselor would use to structure a treatment plan for you.

Without acknowledging your addiction, it becomes impossible for you to break free from it. Because, within you, it portends that you do not want to get better.

Sometimes, people need help in accepting their addiction problem, so it is best to show them in love and not prejudice. The manner of approach matters a whole lot and an addicted person would not readily listen to you if you condemn before offering corrections.  

HELPING AN ADDICT GET BACK ON HIS FEET

For an addict, one of the most difficult choices to make is acknowledging one’s addiction and seeking treatment. When the addiction treatment is over, they often find it tough to get back on their feet. This is why a good number of them make the huge mistake of starting with impulse without realizing that some things are no longer the same.

Hence, even after an individual has been certified to be free from addiction, it is important to have a profound follow-up system in place. As earlier mentioned, an addict would want to take the bull by the horn without leaving any stone unturned.

Rehabs have a big role to play in helping addicts get back on their feet. Bearing in mind that the addict needs a transition phase before he or she starts out fully in the real world.

To start with, addicts should be encouraged to exercise on a regular basis. This is important because of the numerous benefits that come with exercise.

Also, know that these benefits cuts across all aspects of our lives: Physical, mental, emotional and a host of others. Exercising frequently helps the individual to start out well and remain on track.

Moreso, good nutrition is encouraged. It is one of the health measures that should not be neglected. Though, some people feel the signs that come with good nutrition are minute, you will be surprised to find out the huge chunk of changes that takes place in your body after series of nutritious meals.

Recovering individuals are also advised not to neglect the place of rest. One of the major reasons why rest is needed is because our bodies need to refresh themselves. When stress accumulates in the body, it can result in physical illness and other forms of health problems. In fact, stress is one of the major reasons why people become addicted.

Lastly, recovering individuals need the best of follow-ups they can get to prevent them from falling once again into the hands of addiction.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY HOME

Various studies have shown that living in a healthy home has a tendency to increase the lifespan of the home owner. There are lots of benefits which are inherent in having a clean home which transcends to having a healthy home. A good number of us might be unenthusiastic about keeping our home clean and healthy, it is actually very important in availing us the opportunity of living healthy lives.

Below are some points which states why a healthy home is important

  1. Reduction of stress and fatigue: Living in a messy home sends a signal to you that there is still much work to be done and hence, there is a need for you to finish up. When you regularly clean up your home, there would not be any room for piled up dirt and items which are not arranged. Cluttered items have the tendency to induce tiredness and stress.
  2. Reduction of sensitivity and symptoms of asthma: Staying in an untidy environment, or places which have natural dampness can cause asthma and allergies or sensitivity. These substances have the tendency to reduce the quality of air and also increase the chances of someone coming down with asthma.
  3. Improvement of safety: There are many features which have detrimental effects on the people living in the house, and it is essential that these features are correctly put in place in order to ensure that everyone is safe. Your home needs to be free from all sorts of hazards, in order to make sure that your environment is safe.
  4. Reduction of the spread of germs: Some people have the conventional thinking that bathrooms are where you would find plethora of germs, while others are of the opinion that it is in the kitchen. However, it is important that the whole area of your home is kept clean, in order to step-up the health state of your home.
  5. Warding off pests: It is very easy for all kinds or pests to live in an unhealthy home, and this is hinged on the fact that the dirtiness has accumulated over time. Pests cause all sorts of problems ranging from diseases to being uncomfortable amongst others.

VALUE OF SPONSORSHIP IN ADDITION RECOVERY

Many addicts that have achieved success in their process of recovery have done so with the aid of sponsorship. Finding a sponsor that would guide an addict through the process of recovery is known to be an effective tool. However, it is common for an addict to have little or no idea of what the role of a sponsor is in their course of recovery.

The major role and responsibility of a sponsor is to help an addict with the steps required in the recovery process and this happens to be one of the most beneficial and closest relationships addict can develop in recovery.

MEANING OF SPONSORSHIP IN ADDICTION RECOVERY

Sponsorship in the process of recovery from addiction requires a person as a support and who has a vast knowledge about sobriety issues and is able to be responsible and be accountable to the addict. A sponsor is like a friend, mentor and confidant who guides an addict with issues of sobriety through the addiction recovery process.

Usually, a sponsor would have gone through the process and have acquired the experience needed to help another person. They usually have a considerable amount of time staying sober and continually work to sustain the principles acquired from the recovery process in their own lives.

On the other hand, it requires the addict that is sponsored and who is becoming just newly sober to be open and honest with the sponsor. This might be a daunting challenge because it might be something that are not used to doing. Nonetheless, it is an important and crucial way of developing a relationship of trust which is the basics for a long-term recovery.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A SPONSOR

            Sponsorship in addiction requires the addict to offer guidance, encouragement and support. There are other vital functions a sponsor carries out:

  • Motivation and inspiration which is needed by the addict in the process of recovery can be provided by a sponsor
  • A sponsor can teach the addict necessary steps in living a life free and void of addiction.
  • Sponsors are a great and reliable source of information required in addiction recovery which includes their own personal experiences and testimonies.
  • A sponsor is normally a good listener, and a person that can provide support and care for the addict
  • An addict should be able to be accountable and responsible to a sponsor hence it requires for the sponsor to be trustworthy
  • A sponsor is a nonjudgmental and understanding fellow
  • Guidance in building healthy relationships can be provided by the sponsor.