Monday, July 25, 2016

The Importance of Support Groups for Families of Addicted People

The actions of a family member suffering from addiction inevitably affects the whole family. A support group can be very beneficial in helping a family heal from the impacts of addiction and increase the chances of their loved one’s recovery long-term. Find out where you can find support.

The family members of those addicted to drugs often suffer just as much emotionally and physically as the family member who is addicted to drugs. However, many families do not realise that there are support groups available that can help them cope.
Addiction is sometimes referred to as a ‘family disease,’ as one family member’s addiction affects the entire family unit. Family members can develop patterns of co-dependency in order to cope with the unpredictable actions of the addicted family member. Familial conflict as well as deep-seeded shame and denial are among some of the many ways addiction negatively impacts families. Feelings of hopelessness, depression, and anxiety are also common.
Family members can get so caught up in trying to help and care for their addicted family member that they forget to care for themselves. It can be difficult for loved ones to reach out for support, but it is one of the most important things families can do not only for themselves but also for their addicted loved one. Luckily, there are many support groups for families of addicts available to help family members regain a sense of hope and better understand the disease of addiction.
Support Groups for Families of Those Addicted to Drugs
The following list includes different types of family support groups that take place around the world. They all have the same goal of offering a safe place for people who love an addicted person to come together and learn ways to cope with their situation.
. These groups offer a safe and confidential place for loved ones of addicts to know that they are not alone, where they can learn that they have choices that can lead to greater peace of mind whether their loved one continues to use drugs or not.
These 12-Step support groups for families of addicts are not affiliated with any religion but are spiritual in-nature. Attending meetings will help members learn about the disease of addiction and adopt an honest and consistent approach toward the addicted person in their life, which in turn could encourage their addicted loved one to seek their own treatment.
Step Together
Step Together is a family support group in Delhi, India, that was created in conjunction with the 1st Step Recovery Café. Recovery Café provide opportunities for people recovering from addiction to learn job skills and form a sense of community. The 1st Step Recovery Café was successful in its first year and continues to help addicts, but the founders recognised that family members of addicts need support as well, which is why they started the Step Together family support group.
The Step Together group follows the SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) programme to help people learn about addiction and how to care for themselves while trying to help their loved one with addiction. “People are unaware how traumatic it can be for relatives living with someone who is an addict. With greater understanding of the nature of addiction, sharing with those who have similar difficulties and helping them learn new ways of responding to loved ones, participant’s lives can and will improve.”
Family Drug Support India
Family Drug Support India is a network of support groups for families of those addicted to drugs began in India in 2006 after the founder lost his son to a heroin overdose. Family Drug Support offers throughout India non-religious support meetings that are open to anyone who would like to talk with and listen to others who share similar experiences in a safe and non-judgemental environment. The organisation also has a 24-hour
support line.

Family Addiction Treatment Programmes
The support groups for families of addicted people that are listed above are helpful for family members whose loved one is either actively addicted or already in recovery. Sometimes attending family support groups will help you stop enabling and therefore lead the addicted person in your life to eventually seek the help that he or she needs. Once in an addiction treatment programme, continued family support can have positive outcomes on the addicted person’s ability to recover.
Shafa Home offers a unique family treatment programme where family members join their addicted loved one  participate in a series of treatment related activities. This intensive programme is led by addiction specialists and serves to educate family members about the disease of addiction and how it is treated. The course also helps them better understand how they can best support their family member during and after treatment.
In addition to participating in psycho-educational groups, family members meet with their loved one’s counsellor, as well as have family therapy sessions that will put the entire family on the road to healing and long-term addiction recovery.
Family members are encouraged to continue seeking support by attending one of the support groups for families of addicts even after their loved one has completed drug rehab.
No matter what stage of addiction your loved one is in, getting support, learning about addiction, and caring for yourself are some of the best things you can do to help.

Shafa Home is country’s premier organization for treatment of alcohol/drug problems, de-addiction, rehabilitation, counseling, treatment for females, nasha mukti , psychiatric disorders and secondary addictions like gambling, internet etc.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

DRUG DREAMS IN RECOVERY

It is common for recovering addicts to have drug dreams and they can be incredibly stressful and create negative feelings and emotions. But can drug dreams also predict whether or not a person will be successful in addiction recovery? What do your drug dreams say about you?

Whether you have been in addiction recovery for a couple months or a few years, drug dreams unfortunately remain a common part of recovery.
Even when a person is doing well in recovery from addiction, it is possible to have vivid dreams about using drugs or drinking alcohol. Drug dreams are a common and completely normal part of addiction recovery and although they may be a source of stress or negative thoughts or emotions, they may also be able to help predict whether or not an addict will be successful in recovery.
What is the Meaning behind Drug Dreams?
The subconscious mind, even in recovering addicts who are doing extremely well in the recovery process, often still craves the substance the person was addicted to. For example, the conscious mind of a recovering alcoholic knows that having just one sip of alcohol is a bad idea, and is aware of the negative consequences that would follow. The subconscious mind, however, may still be fixated on the addiction. When the individual falls asleep, it is the subconscious mind that brings forth vivid images of alcohol consumption and over-indulging.
Effects of Dreaming about Drug and Alcohol Use while in Recovery
Waking up after having a dream about taking drugs or alcohol can be frightening. In many cases, it takes the dreamer a little while to realise that their substance use was only a dream, and that they did not actually relapse or mess up in their recovery. It is the emotions which follow that help decipher whether these dreams are more likely to be a warning of relapse or an affirmation that recovery is going well, which is explained in further detail below:
1. Relapse Pending Dreams
If, once the recovering addict realises that the alcohol or drug use was just a dream, they react with a longing to feel the effects of intoxication once again — almost a wish that the dream had been true — this is a sign that that the dreamer could fall into a relapse more easily than many other recovering addicts.
2. Recovery Affirming Dreams
In the case of recovery-affirming dreams, the recovering addict, once realising that the drug or alcohol use was only a dream, will react with relief in knowing that it was only a dream, and will experience feelings of repulsion toward the substances abused in the dream. This is a good sign that the dreamer’s recovery is going strong, that they are serious about their sobriety and recovery plan, and that they are less likely to fall into a relapse.
Dealing with the Effects of Substance-Abuse Dreams
Whether your drug dreams are a warning of relapse or an affirmation of successful recovery, it is important to take the time to fully deal with the feelings and emotions they create in the following ways:
§  Understand your feelings.
Once you awake from your dream take some time to really focus on how you are feeling. Do you feel disgusted by the behaviour in your dream? Jealous? Indifferent? Fully understanding how you feel after the dream is the only way to know how to deal with it properly. Write down your dream as soon as you wake up as well. Comparing your drug dreams against each other will help you analyse them properly.
§  Talk to someone you trust.
Talk to your sponsor, counsellor, or attend a recovery meeting where you can speak about your dream to someone you trust. Even if you are convinced that your dream is a recovery-affirming dream, letting others know that you are having these types of dreams is important. As well, talking out loud often allows you to understand the dream and your feelings from a different perspective — possibly uncovering some truths about your own feelings that were hidden before.
§  Look for triggers.
Is there something that may have triggered your dream? Did you walk by an old hangout spot, or bump into an old friend? Maybe someone at work said something that reminded you of your using days. If you can think of something specific that may have triggered the dream, try to avoid these things in the future.
§  Create a relapse prevention plan.
All drug dreams are a sign that your unconscious mind is still thinking about your addiction. If you do not have a relapse prevention plan in place already, be sure to create one. You can never be too cautious about prevention relapse, as you do not want to have to start over after all the hard work you have already put in. It is better to be prepared.
Preventing Drug Dreams
Dreams are an act of the subconscious mind during sleep which unfortunately, we have little control over once we fall asleep. However, there are a few things that you can do during the day which are said to decrease the chances of having bad dreams, or in some cases, having any dreams at all.
1. Relieve stress.
Stress throughout the day is one of the most common triggers for dreams, particularly bad ones, and is also a major relapse trigger on its own. Relieving as much stress as possible on a daily basis is an important aspect of recovery.
2. Exercise daily.
Performing some type of physical activity each day, from light yoga or stretching to vigorous aerobics, is said to increase quality of sleep and decrease the dream stage.
3. Do not eat too close to bedtime.
Many people find that eating food too close to bedtime causes an increase of dreams and disturbed sleep. Try to keep evening meals light and healthy, and curb your late-night snacking habits.
4. Relax before bed.
If you have been on the go for most of the day, be sure to take some quality time to relax on your own before going to bed. Read a book or play your favourite video game to relax your mind before trying to sleep.
5. Create a relaxing sleep atmosphere.
A deep sleep is a dreamless sleep, and a deep sleep occurs most often in the right atmosphere. Ensure your bedroom is very dark, tidy and clean. Try using relaxing essential oils around the room as well to create an oasis perfect for a good night’s sleep.
Listen to What your Subconscious is Telling You
If you are experiencing drug dreams with increased frequency or your reaction to drug dreams are severe and/or negative, be sure to reach out to someone for help. Call a counsellor or reach out to your sponsor for support.  Do not be afraid to ask for the help you need, as it could be the difference between success in addiction recovery or relapse.

Shafa Home is country’s premier organization for treatment of alcohol/drug problems, de-addiction, rehabilitation, counseling, treatment for females, nasha mukti , psychiatric disorders and secondary addictions like gambling, internet etc.

( These Articles are the sole property of “ The Cabin Chiang Mai “ , they are its original authors  )