Congratulations to you or your loved one on your decision to take control of life and begin treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. As you consider different treatment options, there are a few important things to consider. Here are some helpful tips.

Treatment is Different for Everyone

There is no one single method of treatment that works for everybody. Every program is different, just like every individual has unique recovery needs. Not everyone needs to undergo supervised detox, and the length of time people need to spend in treatment varies. It’s important to find the right combination of treatment methods to fit your situation. This is particularly important if you are seeking help for co-occurring disorders, for example, alcoholism and bipolar disorder.

It’s Not Just About Drug Abuse

Any recovering addict can tell you that addiction is just the tip of the iceberg. A good treatment or recovery center works to address more than just drug or alcohol abuse because addiction impacts your entire life.  Taking a holistic perspective is often more helpful to clients’ long-term sobriety than treating the simple, surface symptoms of addiction.

After all, it is a person, with fears, ambivalence, insecurities, hopes and dreams that presents for treatment and not just a cluster of symptoms. Counselors should be available to help you work through interpersonal, professional, and psychological factors that led to addiction. Success in recovery hinges on your ability to develop a new, healthy way of life.

All About Follow-Through

Recovery isn’t always an easy process, but it does put you back in control of your life. Typically, longer and more intense addictions take longer and more intense treatment plans. Know that it doesn’t matter how much time it takes; it’s about you making a commitment to getting better.  A common analogy often used to help clients understand this concept may be useful here; if you walk 1-mile into the woods, you have to walk 1-mile to get out of the woods.

These are just some things to consider when you begin the journey to a healthy, new life.

Putting Tools in Your Recovery Toolbox

When facing a drug addiction, those in recovery need to ensure that their internal and external environments are as conducive to sobriety as possible. With years of experience in the addiction treatment industry, Treatment Alternatives New Jersey drug rehab has tips to help ensure your surroundings are creating a supportive environment for healing. Support can be provided from a treatment center, family, friends, and community but the most important support system comes from within yourself. One way to achieve this is by building a sobriety toolbox.

A sobriety Toolbox is a self-made kit. The kit can contain a non-alcoholic beverage, snacks, music devices, healing music, your favorite motivational quotes, your favorite self-help book, a stress ball, or an agenda with local sobriety meetings and times. It can also be something as simple as a list of your goals and reminders to deal with stress in recovery. Made by the addict’s needs, the sobriety toolbox can’t fail to do what it was made for- to be a reliable support tool. The Sobriety Toolbox is a support system that will always be available. The addiction treatment professionals at our New Jersey rehabilitation center attest that an individualized Sobriety Toolbox helps all recovering addicts in unique ways to cope with anxiety, depression, or frustration in recovery.

A sobriety toolbox will serve as a coping mechanism for facing the stresses of addiction recovery. Treatment Alternative stresses many helpful approaches to addiction treatment and healing. To learn more about our programs, contact us today.

Writing Things Down Aids In Recovery

The importance of writing things down cannot be overstated, and its power should not be underestimated.  The physical act of writing down a list of goals makes them more real, more concrete and creates an early manifestation of those goals.  Likewise, a journal helps many people identify and organize their thoughts and feelings through a process that results in an emotional release.

One journal writing strategy to try is to write in the third person.  Begin your journal entry with, “It was a time in his/her life when he/she felt…”  And then finish the sentence.  Continue writing in the third person for the added perspective it provides.  A lot of times it creates just enough emotional space between you and your problems to be able to successfully problem solve.

It may seem silly to think that simply writing things down can make them powerful and it is proven to help you achieve your goals.1 We urge everyone in addiction recovery to try it. Writing down your thoughts, your goals or even your own short autobiography can have a powerful effect on your life.

Find Out Who You Are

“Scio Te Ipsum” Translated from Latin means “Know Thyself”

Perhaps the best way to fight drug addiction is to understand yourself; at the very least, self-awareness can significantly prevent relapse. “Addiction might embody a core deficit in insight and self-awareness…” 2.

Jordan Peterson’s Self Authoring Program relies on the idea that writing things down is the best way to learn from them. Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist, and professor at the University of Toronto, says “People who spend time writing carefully about themselves become happier, less anxious and depressed, and physically healthier.”

The Self Authoring Program guides you through knowing yourself.

Writing as a Step in Addiction Recovery

The 12 Step Program [PDF] has used the power of writing things down for decades.

Step 4: Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

In step 4 of the 12 Step Program, you are asked to write down all the wrongs you have committed. To be as detailed as possible. This process is difficult and unbelievably powerful. Addicts who finish step 4 often experience a catharsis3.

Writing Exercise for Addicts – Find Unresolved Past Issues

  • Set some time aside to write, a few hours.
  • Start writing down the most important memories and moments that changed your life.
  • Writing Tip: Write as if you are writing a letter to a pen pal you have never met, who asked for your perspective. Write them for us if you like, leave them as comments below.
  • Once you have accurately written the accounts of those important moments, add context. Write down what was going on in your life at the time. Talk about your family and your friends.
  • If there are still strong negative emotions associated with those moments, then you have unresolved issues.
  • Bring this list to a counselor or therapist to begin working changes.

Writing down what you want, what goes you have in mind, who you want to be; that makes a difference. Writing your thoughts down makes them tangible. It makes goals come to life.

Journaling and writing are two exercises cocaine treatment centers use to help addicts control their acute paranoia.


[1]: Harvard – Setting Goals: Who, Why How?

[2]: NCBI – Impaired Self-Awareness in Human Addiction: Deficient Attribution of Personal Relevance

[3]: Alcohol Rehab – Writing as Catharsis in Addiction Recovery


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