The acute phase, in the first few weeks of recovery, is what many people think of when they hear the word ‘withdrawal’. This phase is riddled with physical symptoms that can be anywhere from mildly uncomfortable, to intense, or even life-threatening.
Cravings are a normal part of early recovery, and even with years clean some people still experience them from time to time. They can feel overwhelming, but the good news is that they will not last forever, and it is possible to get through them without using.
Carrie Underwood said it famously in her hit song, ‘Jesus, take the wheel.’ Whether you put your faith in God or Allah, your faith may or may not condemn substance use, leaving you to wonder if help can be found through faith.
The use of sound in healing has received a lot of buzz in recent decades, but it’s not a new science. The Egyptians used sound for spiritual and healing purposes as early as 4000 B.C.; and the Germans introduced the first technological sound healing devices in 1928.
One of the most important lessons individuals must learn in the early stages of addiction recovery and relapse prevention is how to protect themselves from dangerous outside influences. These influences may include any people, places or things that may encourage relapse.
Prescription medications can be every bit as addictive as substances purchased on the street. The fact that its use is ordered by physicians doesn’t alter its chemical properties, and more than one patient has found himself desperately craving his next dose.
Most people are intimately aware of how a certain song or melody can tangle the heartstrings or bring an unexpected smile. Music has a profound effect on the spirit, so holistic healing approaches naturally make use of it.
Art therapy has myriad uses beyond the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. The American Art Therapy Association defines it as a medium through which an individual can address illness or stress, or even to achieve a higher level of personal development.
Spirituality and issues of faith may seem a world apart from the torments of addiction and substance abuse. Research shows, however, that addiction does not affect only the body. It establishes a powerful grip on the mind and, yes, the spirit as well.
One of the biggest ironies regarding overcoming addiction is that, once you accept the difficult path, the journey will become easier. The effort toward achieving sobriety, however, involves putting your new lifestyle to the test following rehab.