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Recovery from Addiction

Recovery from Addiction: A Practical Guide to Treatment, Self-Help, and Quitting on Your Own

Copyright Date: 2001
Published by: NYU Press
Pages: 248
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    Recovery from Addiction
    Book Description:

    Millions of people enter or seriously consider entering alcohol or drug treatment each year. In their understandable state of urgency, most first-time treatment seekers and their loved ones may rush to the first treatment option they encounter. They are unlikely to be aware of why one form of intervention would be a good choice for their particular problem or why some approaches may, under some conditions, actually be harmful. Lacking reliable information, they are unable to make informed choices.

    Recovery from Addiction offers a concise, reader-friendly guide for substance dependent persons, their families, and friends to help make sense of the full range of available treatment options.

    Cloud and Granfield introduce readers to their options, from inpatient and outpatient programs and today's major pharmacological approaches to alternative therapies including strategies for using the Internet to access support meetings and approaches which do not call for life-long abstinence from the substances now causing the problem. They outline the underlying principles of each program, its pros and cons, and what a participant can expect when entering that type of treatment, guiding readers in choosing the approach likely to be best for them or their loved one. They also provide specific strategies for addicted individuals who wish to consider recovery on their own, without groups or treatment.

    A vital resource for addicts wishing to recover and their loved ones, Recovery from Addiction is also a valuable tool for health care professionals, from social workers to school counselors, responsible for referring clients to drug and alcohol recovery programs.

    eISBN: 978-0-8147-9029-8
    Subjects: Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. CHAPTER 1 Introduction
    (pp. 1-10)

    Each year several million people choose, or are encouraged by loved ones, to enter treatment or join self-help groups for their alcohol and/or drug-related problems. Not unlike first-time consumers of other services, consumers of treatment and those who care about them are generally uninformed about these services and unfamiliar with the range of possible treatment options and types of self-help groups currently available. They are also likely to be unaware of why a particular approach would be a good choice for one kind of problem but a poor choice or even harmful for another. In the understandable state of urgency...

  5. PART ONE: Consumers’ Guide to Addiction Treatment

    • CHAPTER 2 Overview of Traditional Addiction Treatment
      (pp. 13-31)

      Addiction treatment in the United States has had a relatively short but interesting history. In the name of treating people for their drinking and drug habits, various approaches such as incarceration, whippings, and blood letting have been used. While such techniques may sound absurd today, these approaches were considered state-of-the-art in their time and can serve to remind us of the limitations associated with any accepted form of addiction treatment, even those used today.

      While addiction treatment in the United States can be traced to the founding of this country, several twentieth-century events have had major influences on contemporary treatment,...

    • CHAPTER 3 Pros and Cons of Entering Traditional Treatment
      (pp. 32-47)

      Today, it would be impossible to estimate with any degree of accuracy how many persons in the United States have undergone some form of formal inpatient or outpatient treatment to remedy substance abuse problems. What we can say is that the number is in the many millions. Although participation has been high, estimates about success vary widely. Most addiction and treatment researchers would agree that although many people have been helped, the unfortunate reality is that the majority return to problematic substance use after treatment. Equally disturbing, and perhaps somewhat surprising, is the fact that many people who have undergone...

    • CHAPTER 4 Pros and Cons of Participating in 12-Step Groups
      (pp. 48-59)

      The role that 12-step groups play in attempting to help people overcome addiction to alcohol and other drugs is enormous. Such programs are regarded by many as a major component of the formal and informal infrastructure of treatment. While many treatment programs encourage or require their clients to attend 12-step meetings, many substance-dependent persons attend such meetings on their own without formal contact with treatment facilities. Yet, 12-step programs are not without their critics. Many of their most ardent detractors feel that these programs actually do more harm than good. Conversely, there are many fervent supporters of 12-step programs who...

    • CHAPTER 5 New and Emerging Approaches to Quitting
      (pp. 60-81)

      In the previous three chapters, our discussions focused on traditional addiction treatment programs and 12-step groups. Although these approaches continue to dominate the landscape of addiction treatment, and in most communities are the only readily available forms of help, there is a growing array of new and innovative approaches. While most treatment programs continue to subscribe exclusively to the disease explanation of addiction, some are slowly recognizing the value of these fresh approaches and are including some aspects of them as part of their treatment strategies or as referral sources for their clients. In this chapter we look at some...

    • CHAPTER 6 The Environment of Addiction and Resolution
      (pp. 82-113)

      While the pharmacological properties of alcohol and various other drugs play an important role in addiction, use that results in dependence is heavily influenced by one’s unique set of personal characteristics and environmental circumstances. Age, gender, socioeconomic status, mental health status, and a range of other conditions are all factors that converge with use and potential dependency. Similarly, these same factors can have a major influence in determining an appropriate course of intervention, a strategy that will have a higher probability of succeeding than other strategies. This chapter will identify the personal and environmental factors as well as drug-specific considerations...

    • CHAPTER 7 Selecting an Approach That Is Best for You
      (pp. 114-146)

      Throughout this book we have recommended that you become familiar with the treatment and self-help options currently available and then carefully consider your unique situation or the situation of the person in need of help to inform your decision about what to do. We have also encouraged you to think of your choices as being on a continuum from least intrusive to most intrusive, first seeking out the least intrusive course of action in resolving your addiction. In this chapter we provide you with information and suggestions about how to go about accomplishing that goal. Although natural recovery is among...

  6. PART TWO: Quitting on Your Own

    • CHAPTER 8 Quitting the Natural Way: Is Natural Resolution for You?
      (pp. 149-161)

      In an earlier chapter we discussed some of the major strengths and weaknesses of enrolling in traditional treatment. With natural recovery, or quitting on your own, many of these weaknesses associated with treatment are mitigated or do not present the same level of risk. There are, in fact, several major advantages to this course of resolution when compared to undergoing formal treatment or joining self-help groups. The first section of this chapter introduces several of those key advantages of natural recovery over the alternatives.

      Before identifying them, it is critically important that we point out that this path may not...

    • CHAPTER 9 Initial Challenges to Self-Change
      (pp. 162-182)

      In this and the next two chapters we identify key strategies that have been used successfully by persons who have overcome addictions unaided by treatment or 12-step groups. The material in this chapter is presented in the spirit of offering what we consider key practical suggestions and is not intended to represent the entire range of strategies that individuals have actually employed.

      Before you embark upon a “natural” road to recovery, it is important first to address several key issues that you will need to consider as you contemplate self-recovery. While each person’s situation is unique, there are five questions...

    • CHAPTER 10 Maintaining Your Recovery Naturally
      (pp. 183-201)

      The strategies that we have explored thus far are particularly relevant to the early phase of a recovery effort. We now turn our attention to more complex strategies that can help sustain a self-recovery effort. As with the discussion above, the strategies we identify here do not represent an exhaustive list, but rather consist of tactics we have learned from our studies on natural recovery. These strategies include changing environments, gaining social support, finding alternative forms of leisure and recreation, feeling good, engaging in meaningful work, assuming meaningful responsibility, experiencing conversions, and nurturing new identities.

      Changing their environment is a...

    • CHAPTER 11 Living without Addiction
      (pp. 202-222)

      After individuals have regained their health and rid themselves of most, if not all, of the remnants of physical and psychological discomfort associated with their former state of substance dependence, how do they fully reintegrate themselves into a personally meaningful role within their existing or new community? How do they successfully accomplish this without allowing the past to assume a conspicuous role of “shameful baggage” but rather serving as valuable insight into how one negotiates extreme personal difficulty and becomes an improved person because of that experience? How do they manage the challenge of abstinence in this latter phase of...

    (pp. 223-223)