HOPE: Resolutions Begin with a First Step
For many, the New Year represents HOPE. Hope is a word that rang very true for us at Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) after a reader of our last blog, Gift of Recovery This Holiday Season, commented on our new Facebook page and got us thinking.
So, why is it so important to us? In many ways, hope is what guides us every day, allows us to make positive changes and at the end of the day provides us with purpose. For those struggling with addiction, hope is sometimes all that a person may have left.
Working with various types of addiction, CBH is well versed in understanding the challenges that our clients face daily. We also know that addiction is not something that can be resolved by simply making up your mind that you want to stop. With that said, making up your mind is a first step – and that is where the journey begins. As we enter the New Year, we recommend that those that suffer from addiction consider these five steps. The steps, a blend of both physical and mental health, will take you a step closer to helping a loved one or regaining control of your life.
- Commit to lean on loved ones. Loved ones come in many forms, including family members, friends and community support groups. Your loved ones may not always understand the challenges that you face daily, but they are the foundation that will provide support for your recovery. Take a moment to lean on those family members, share with a core group your challenges and be open to assistance. Beginning a dialog may set you on a new path that allows you to achieve your goals.
- Commit to staying positive. Addiction often leaves the person feeling isolated, bitter, frustrated and negative about past decisions and actions. Start the New Year by renewing your emphasis on positivity, including positive thoughts, positive words and positive actions. By turning the spectrum of how you view your daily actions, you will begin to identify those in your life that are negative influences.
- Commit to accepting responsibility. At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your health, your happiness and your actions. When you take responsibilities for your decisions and actions you can only then turn your life around. Do you seek healthier options, or do you accept your lot in life and continue down the path that has led you to this point? By accepting personal responsibility, you are better able to make decisions that will allow you to achieve your goals.
- Commit to your health. A small change in your habits is often a first step to achieving goals. As we start the New Year, make a promise to improve your health. This can be as simple as getting nine hours a sleep every night, walking each day or eating three square meals. Regardless of what you decide, the important part is that you make positive changes. The slightest change in your routine often leads to the first of many steps to achieving your goals.
- Commit to appreciating the small things. Writing down what you are grateful for allows you to see the positives in life. Much of addiction is spent wallowing in self-doubt and disappointment. By flipping the script, individuals that are fighting addiction can reflect on the positives. This might be an individual act, a person, an opportunity or simply a conversation that was positive in nature.
Positivity has a way to infiltrate all aspects of one’s life. We believe that by starting the New Year in a positive fashion and working to accomplish small tasks, you will be on the path to recovery. That is not to say that there won’t be distractions or roadblocks along the way.
Addiction recovery is a series of steps that begins with just one. At Center for Behavioral Health, we witness the daily challenges of many and celebrate those who are free from illicit drugs. We believe that when someone commits to a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan that recovery is not just possible, it is reality. Below are a few stats collected about our patients that suffer from opioid addiction:
CBH Patients Become More Employable.
Upon admission into treatment, approximately 50% of patients report as being adequately employed. At six months to two years in treatment, the number of patients reporting adequate employment increases to 65%.
8 out of 10 CBH patients quit use.
Upon admission into opiate addiction treatment with methadone or buprenorphine, 100% of patients are illicitly using opiates. After six months to two years of treatment, 80% of patients report no illicit opiate or heroin use.
Our patients avoid legal troubles.
Upon admission into treatment, 21% of patients report some involvement in the criminal justice system. For those in treatment for six months to two years, involvement with the criminal justice system drops to 12% and for patients in treatment for 2-5 years, involvement with the criminal justice system drops to 6%.
I would love to hear your story. If you have a loved one that is struggling with addiction and if you have a story of how you have taken steps to improve the life of a loved one, please share your story on Facebook.