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Drug and alcohol addiction are lifelong diseases, yet many assume they’re more like bacterial infections, where a prescribed dose of antibiotics will cure the patient. Being an addict is a condition more like having diabetes, which benefits from a thorough understanding of the disease, how to monitor oneself, and learning to cope and live with it for the rest of their life. A person with a lifelong condition would be monitored by a physician, and
Recovery is a journey of rediscovery and determining what keeps you satisfied, comfortable and motivated. Alternately joyful and challenging, recovery is where people confront root causes of addiction, identify triggers for problematic behavior, and adopt ways to successfully address and manage addiction. It is a lifelong process that requires patience and self-awareness as individuals test ways to live free from substances and harmful habits. At Foothills Centre for Change, we’ve observed that a major element
What credentials does the program’s clinical staff hold, and how much education was needed to acquire those credentials? – Credentials and licenses ensure that the person providing treatment meets nationally recognized standards for professional practice. It is important to know that some credentials can be obtaining by just doing an online course, so ask how long it took staff to acquire their credentials and what was involved. Is the clinical staff part of a multi-disciplinary
One of the important aspects of becoming free of addiction is being able to control your emotional state, especially when life doesn’t go the way you think it should. A lack of emotional maturity brings unhappiness and can prevent a normal person from progressing. It can also mean a greater potential for addictive behavior as a means of escape from the pain caused by irregular emotions. And with addictions like drugs and alcohol, there’s not
A Caterpillar has to go through a painful process to become a butterfly. Squeezing and struggling its way through and out of a cocoon is extremely difficult and excruciating. This process is vital to its survival as a butterfly. As the butterfly  makes its way out, the small opening strips away a coating on the butterfly’s wings that makes it possible for it to fly, thrive and be free. If someone is wanting to save
There is a myth out there that says people have to lose everything and hit a hard bottom before they are able to surrender and enter recovery.  A bottom can be when ever you decide that the life you are living is not working for you. A bottom can be when you decide you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. A bottom can be when you realize you life is not going
Recovery is a life-long process and doesn’t end upon completion of rehab or therapy. Foothills Centre For Change believes that the more treatment you receive, the better your chances are of remaining clean and sober. Preventing Relapse A relapse is a return to drug or alcohol use after a period of intentional sobriety. So a paramount goal of relapse prevention is to help you figure out and identify your personal triggers, such as when, where
Believe it or not, many who have been successful in recovering from alcoholism or addiction often attribute a large portion of their success in abstinence to a spiritual focus within their holistic alcohol and drug treatment program.  Unfortunately, many directly associate spirituality with religion and thus refuse to participate in this crucial recovery component. Knowing the difference between these two areas while placing a focus on spirituality may mean the difference between years of struggle