Topic: maintaining sobriety
If addiction really is a brain disorder based in complex adaptations to a substance, then who’s to say those adaptations won’t occur with a different drug?
…struggles can actually serve as a disincentive to someone who knows you and is now beginning to peer uncertainly up their own long and bumpy road of life change.
Ralph nailed it. He’s right- what’s in the past and what’s in our future is nothing compared to what is ultimately inside us.
We have to ensure the safety and security of those who reside there. It’s not the sort of business that naturally self-regulates. That’s what government is for.
I felt detached from life and the people around me. I felt like a failure, but I had no other choice but to get back on my feet and try again.
An important step that programs often skip: the collection of baseline data. Improvements are often incremental, and if you don’t know exactly where you started, it’s easy to miss them.
In his review of long-term outcome studies involving both alcohol and heroin users, Vaillant noted the inspirational aspects of such participation.
It may seem to the individual as if it happens by itself– the result of an autopilot, set to return home.
But given the experience in other fields of healthcare, a return to the old lifestyle, however destructive, may be little more than human nature.