Most people don’t know what to expect when going to a residential treatment facility for the first time; it can be very overwhelming, and in some cases hindering your want to go at all. We are going to take a look at the main things to expect, and hopefully alleviate some fear of the unknown.
Dr. Indra Cidambi, M.D. explains that when treating addiction patients, recommending they keep a journal is very helpful. She uses it as a powerful tool to help clients achieve and maintain recovery. She suggests using it as a way to practice expressing feelings, and to examine ways to avoid relapse. She suggests that instead of writing a synopsis of your entire day, the more effective way is to reflect on the conflicts that impact you or a family member during the day.
Ah yes, it’s finally time to discuss and tackle this animal, so ingrained in addicted family systems it can often become worse than the drug and/ or alcohol addiction itself. There is a lot of stigma attached to this disease as well. It often occurs in those already suffering from substance abuse addiction, and/ or their family members. Nobody wants to be dependent on others, and much less to have a disease that symptoms are over dependence on others and their addictions.
We are all guilty of the perfectionist mind space, but as you or your loved one find and then move into a life of recovery, it is proven to be very crucial to focus on progress, and ditch the perfectionism. Addiction is already such a shame-based disease, why add more insult to injury? Why strive to do it perfectly, when all that is required is progress?
This heroic and freeing idea of the “American Dream” has been instilled in us since a very young age. But has America’s political and financial problems tarnished this once sought after dream, and instead brought about self-destruction in record numbers? Unfortunately yes, but why?