How to Create a Relapse Prevention Plan

Even though you may receive addiction counseling and/or work a program of substance abuse recovery, chances are you will encounter unexpected cravings when it comes to the drug of your choice. Addictions have a tendency to cause occasional cravings- especially when you face some common triggers. The best way to contend with such is to create an Addiction Relapse Prevention Plan that will help you to know what you can do when those cravings occur.
You can create your own Relapse Prevention Plan or you can ask someone for some assistance. Oftentimes a counselor, sponsor, or someone familiar with addictions will help you to create one that works for you. Here are some things to consider as you create yours:

Identify your addiction triggers.

A trigger is a person, place, or thing that causes you to want to use your drug of choice. For example, if you see a commercial on television for alcohol, it could cause you to crave a drink. Or if you drive by the dope man’s house, you could be tempted to turn into the driveway. Identifying your triggers and doing whatever you can to avoid them is helpful in staying clean. This is especially important in the beginning stages of recovery, as cravings can become pretty intense and relapses are more common among newcomers to recovery. You might think you have a lot of will-power, but sometimes will-power is not enough when it comes to addiction, so a plan is necessary.

Make a list of those you can call.

When you encounter a trigger or an intense craving, have a list handy of those you can call for support and encouragement. This will come in handy as you unexpectedly run into an […]

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What Should I Do If I’m Addicted To Pain Pills?

Substance abuse experts assert that 75% of the U.S. population is affected by pain killers in some way, shape, or form. In fact, painkiller addiction tends to increase year after year, with Oxycontin one of the most frequent culprits. Sure, everyone encounters some physical pain now and then, but it is alarming that so many people take a prescription pill designed to help them, yet get addicted so easily.
How painkillers work
Pain pills come from a class of drugs known as opiates and essentially they have an effect on the central nervous system and brain. When you take a pain killer, instead of your brain getting a signal of the pain, the pain killer blocks the opioid receptors that usually tell the body there is pain and instead of pain, you get a feeling of euphoria. What happens much of the time is that a tolerance to the medicine develops and people have to take more in order to reach the same effect, which can lead to a serious addiction. Additionally, there are people who simply like the euphoric feeling, so they begin taking pain pills for recreation.
How do you know if you’re addicted?
There are certain signs and symptoms if you are addicted to pain pills.

Taking the pills more often than prescribed
Continuing to take the pain pills even when the pain has subsided
Seeing various doctors in order to get more pain pills
Getting agitated or angry when you run out of pain pills
Isolating from family and friends
Getting defensive when someone asks you about your drug use
Stealing pain pills from other people
Experiencing blackouts
Taking pain pills to cope with life’s stressful issues

What are the side effects of taking pain pills?
There are always side effects to taking medications and […]

Opiate Detox: A Withdrawal Timeline

The first week of withdrawal from an opiate addiction can be one of the most difficult experiences and journey that you will ever embark on. Taking on an opiate detox plan at a facility such as A1 Behavioral Health is a very crucial and important step to becoming sober and taking back the life you once led. In this article, we will be discussing the withdrawal timeline, and what you might expect from an opiate detox with the associated withdrawal symptoms within a week’s time.

Day 1: Withdrawal effects from an opiate addiction do not start immediately after quitting use. However, later in the day, you may find that the symptoms will begin to flare up and become rather uncomfortable. For example, you may have a runny nose, loss of appetite and feel as though you are bloated or have gained an extremely large amount of weight.

Day 2: Day two is usually one of the toughest days when it comes to opiate detox. This day, you will feel much worse than yesterday, or day one. You will have mixed feelings both physically and emotionally during the day. At night you may wake up with cold chills while sweating profusely. Restless legs syndrome is a very common withdrawal symptom when you are coming off of opiates. In addition to the restless legs, you may also find that you are achy and are experiencing pain all over your body, particularly the back.

Day 3: Because your appetite will be non-existent, be sure to drink plenty of water or fluids throughout the day. Although you might not feel up to it, it is a very important thing to consider; […]

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol: An Overview
Alcohol Addiction
Beer, wine and liquor are the three types of beverages that we refer to as alcohol.  Alcohol, including these three sub-types, includes ethanol, a psychoactive drug known to have a depressant effect on individuals who choose to use and abuse it.  This “drug”, however, is legal in the United States if the user is of at least 21 years of age.  Alcohol is used primarily to promote social interaction, but can lead to more serious addictive behaviors.  Those who become addicted to alcohol are considered to be “alcoholics” and have the “alcoholism disease”.  In this article, we will be discussing alcohol in its entirety as an overview.  If you or a loved one are experiencing addiction to alcohol, then please feel free to contact our office to speak with trained and medical staff.  A1 Behavioral Health Center is here to guide you to a healthier, happier and sober life without alcohol use.
Nicknames for Alcohol
There are many ways of referring to alcohol.  It is advised that you know and understand these names or phrases to better pinpoint if a loved one or child is using and abusing this substance.  Below is a list of some of the nicknames for alcohol:

Booze
Cold One
Brewski
Giggle Juice
Hard Stuff
Poison
Brew
Alky
Sauce

Facts About Alcohol
In the United States, alcohol is the most commonly used drug and one of the most addictive.  There are nearly 18 million individuals who suffer from alcohol abuse and depend on it every day just to “make it through”.  Additionally, there are many who drink alcohol in a risky fashion, which has led to many deaths and accidents over the years.  This risky behavior may include binge drinking, drinking and driving and “black out” states from becoming too […]

Morphine Addiction

Morphine Withdrawal
Morphine Addiction
A morphine addiction can be a tough one to break and typically requires some sort of intervention or drug rehab program to get the individual on the right track towards sobriety.  Physical morphine dependence causes withdrawal symptoms when dosage is lowered significantly or the addict stops cold turkey all together.  Because of the sometimes difficulty in dealing with morphine withdrawal symptoms, a drug rehab program is always a great choice to take.

Withdrawal from morphine is not a life-threatening thing, but the individual experiencing these withdrawals may become uncomfortable and experience significant feelings and bodily changes.  Treatment for morphine addiction in Florida with A1 Behavioral Health is an excellent option to consider.  In this article, we will be discussing some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with morphine addiction and several of the questions you might have regarding the process of overcoming a morphine addiction.
What Are Some of The Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms?
Withdrawal from morphine, or other opiate analgesic drugs, is like experiencing a severe cold, or the flu.  Classic withdrawal symptoms from morphine include both physical and psychological.  Below is a list of these withdrawal symptoms:

Physical

Flu like symptoms such as runny nose, chills, fever, etc.
Cramping
Tremors
Diarrhea
Nausea
Vomiting
Weakness in muscles
Restless

Psychological

Morphine cravings
Extreme anxiety
Depression
Insomnia
Feeling of being sick overall in the mind

What Treats Morphine Withdrawals?
 There are several ways that morphine withdrawals can be alleviated or treated.  Overall, it is a wise and excellent choice to undergo a drug rehab program, one similar to A1 Behavioral Health.  Below are some of the methods and treatments that are used to help with morphine withdrawals:

Detoxing – Detoxing is one of the most widely used treatments for all drug and alcohol addictions.  With the right medical staff and drug rehab program, detoxing is recommended […]

Build Upon Your Addiction Recovery

Build Upon Your Addiction Recovery
Part of the process of drug addiction recovery is learning how to live a normal life again.  You must adapt to everyday situations and relearn how to interact with people.  All of these things will seem very different once you are sober again.  The most important part is to put your recovery first, before anything else.  Continue to attend meetings and seek out counseling as you enter back into work and school activities.  There are several ways that you as a recovering addict can positively enter back into the real world.  In this post we will take a brief look at some of the different ways to build upon your addiction recovery.

 

Offer Your Talents – Everyone has a talent, whether you believe it or not.  Some can sing, play the piano or cook very well.  Others might have talents related to serving others.  Any talent that you may possess can be helpful in building upon your addiction recovery.  By helping others, you naturally are helping yourself.  If you are good at singing, why not visit a group home and sing for the elderly people there.  Or if you enjoy serving others, find opportunities to offer your time.  Volunteer at a local food bank, or clean up after church services. After you volunteer and offer your talents to others, you will find that this can become part of your life.  Offering your talents is one great way to build upon your addiction recovery.
Learn Something New – This point goes along with offering your talents, in a way.  There are many ways that you can build upon your recovery and find proper healing through learning something new.  Maybe you have always wanted […]