“Why aren’t they getting it?” We hear family members say this to us all the time. I often ask how long the loved one has been using and use the same analogy to help them look at addiction a little differently. Here is my analogy: If we throw a toddler into a professional baseball game, of course, they will have no idea what is going on. Each time they are up to bat, they learn a little more
The descriptions and circumstances are ever-changing as you look around the room. Despite the differing backgrounds, experiences, and ages, each of these individuals have something in common.
Addiction is complicating their life. Some still are holding down their job, some are still happy in their relationships, while some have nothing left, and others are losing grip on things they care about.
Do you find yourself taking more Opioid pain medication than what you are prescribed? Do you check the clock frequently, hoping it is time for your next dose? Are you running out of medication before your next refill? Are beginning to feel the medication is losing its effectiveness and you need more and more just to feel okay? Have you ever purchased an opioid illegally or gotten some from a friend in a time of need?
My favorite group to do with our patients is on Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). If you are new to this acronym, PAWS refers to the random cravings, dreams, mood swings, body aches, sweats, and other symptoms that come a few weeks after the initial withdrawal and detox – and they can keep coming up to …
When someone with an alcohol problem is on the exaggeration side of low frustration tolerance, then all the expression occurs – and this is different from that flat, calm, expressing little way of acting. Not being able to handle what one formerly did, having that “low frustration tolerance” type of day, can mean a lot of emotion is coming out. And family, friends, etc are confused and affected by this.
The goal of harm reduction is to keep people alive and encourage positive change. A common myth is that those who support and operate with a harm reduction approach do not encourage abstinence. One does not need to be mutually exclusive from the other. Recovery is a process that takes time and is a journey.
John F. Moriarty III Sunrise Detox Center with Maureen Borkowski of Hazelden.org Hazelden and Columbia Psychiatry hosted an open house for Tribeca Twelve collegiate sober living dorm. HazeldenTribeca Twelve283 West BroadwayNew York, NY 10013
http://sunrisedetox.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/zina-rodriquez-seabrook-house.jpg John Moriarty of Sunrise Detox in Morris County, New Jersey shown with Zina Rodriquez of Seabrook House, located in Bridgeton, New Jersey.