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How Long Does the Recovery Process Take?

29 December, 2023Articles, News

Recovery Process

This is a question that has no one specific answer, but the only proven fact of a recovery process, is it becomes possible, given that the individual will trust the process, and what’s trust the process?  it’s putting in the work even if there’s lack of faith and doubt but still put in work and accepting the outcome. 

People seeking recovery, come from different walks of life, backgrounds and different environments and how the react to problems and respond to solutions will differ which makes recovery differ in rates.

Someone might admit their substance abuse problem quickly and therefore automatically get the recovery process speeded up given that they put in the work, where else in many cases people suffering addiction have gotten extremely mentally affected by substance abuse that admission is a frightening thing to do and therefore Denial prevents the possibilities of recovery. 

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Substance abuse addiction defies solutions. 

Trusting the process of recovery makes recovery possible and it all counts on resistance or surrender, one being the barrier to solutions and the other being the miracle of a life changing reality.

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  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
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  • I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!
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What are the different types of addiction and their different characteristics?

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What are the different types of addiction and their different characteristics?

22 December, 2023Articles, News

Understanding Addiction: Types and Characteristics

Addiction, that insidious grasp that tightens around our lives, can manifest in countless forms. From the clutches of intoxicating substances to the allure of compulsive behaviors, it weaves a web of dependence that can be difficult to escape. But understanding the different types of addictions and their unique characteristics is the first step towards breaking free.

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Substance Addictions:

The most commonly recognised form, substance addictions involve the compulsive use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco despite the harmful consequences. These substances alter the brain’s reward system, leading to cravings, tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms.

  • Alcohol Addiction: Alcohol disrupts brain chemistry, leading to impaired judgment, coordination, and memory.
  • Drug Addiction: Drugs like opioids, cocaine, and amphetamines hijack the brain’s reward system, creating an intense desire for the substance despite its detrimental effects.
  • Tobacco Addiction: Nicotine in tobacco is highly addictive, affecting mood, cognition, and lung function.

Behavioral Addictions:

Beyond substances, everyday activities can also become addictive, offering a temporary escape or a sense of fulfilment that becomes unsustainable.

  • Gambling Addiction: The thrill of the win and the fear of loss activate the brain’s reward system, leading to compulsive gambling despite financial and personal consequences.
  • Gaming Addiction: Excessive video game use can disrupt sleep, relationships, and work, leading to social isolation and neglecting responsibilities.
  • Shopping Addiction: The rush of acquiring new possessions can trigger dopamine release, leading to compulsive shopping even when finances are strained.
  • Food Addiction: Unhealthy eating patterns triggered by emotional cues or cravings can lead to weight gain, health problems, and a distorted relationship with food.
  • Internet Addiction: Spending excessive time online can lead to neglecting real-world relationships, work, and responsibilities.
  • Love Addiction: An unhealthy dependence on a romantic partner can lead to possessiveness, jealousy, and manipulation.

Recognizing the Red Flags

While the specific characteristics vary, some common signs of addiction include:

  • Loss of control: Inability to limit or stop the addictive behavior.
  • Cravings: Intense urges or desires for the addictive substance or activity.
  • Tolerance: Needing to increase the amount of the substance or the duration of the activity to achieve the desired effect.
  • Withdrawal symptoms: Physical or psychological discomfort experienced when trying to stop the addictive behavior.
  • Negative consequences: Damage to relationships, finances, health, or career due to the addiction.

Addiction is a complex disease, but recovery is possible. Seeking professional help, joining support groups, and practicing self-care are crucial steps on the path to healing. Remember, you are not alone in this battle. Understanding the diverse landscape of addiction empowers us to recognise its warning signs, seek help for ourselves or loved ones, and ultimately break free from its grip.

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  • The encouragement, love and support from the team at Crossroads allowed me to eventually see that I was worth something - that my life could be turned around and that I could accomplish the things that had long been a forgotten dream.
    Oliver VG
    Read more
  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
    Johan B
    Read more
  • I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!
    Carla S
    Read more
  • "Just for today I am more than three years in recovery. I have Cross Roads to thank for this wonderful gift. Cross Roads helped me to set a firm foundation in my recovery on which I can continue to build."
    Angelique J
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What are the key benefits of group therapy in addiction recovery

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What are the key benefits of group therapy in addiction recovery

20 October, 2023Articles, News

Group therapy in addiction recovery

It is said that “connection is the opposite of addiction.” Groups in essence help members learn to cope with their substance abuse and other problems by allowing them to see how others deal with similar problems.

Group therapy typically involves one or two counsellors leading a group of five to fifteen clients through a group counselling session. This may seem intimidating at first, considering you’re supposed to talk about your problems with strangers, but many people are pleasantly surprised with how much they like it and what they get out of it, group therapy sessions are set up to confront a specific issue common to the group members, like substance use disorder (SUD).

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And while group therapy may sound scary or intimidating at first, group therapy can offer many benefits that individual therapy cannot. Groups can act as a support system and a sounding board and can offer other benefits as well.

It is common for individuals dealing with substance abuse issues to feel isolated and ashamed. In many instances, SUD has trauma at its root. When you realize that you aren’t the only one who has experienced trauma and turned to drugs or alcohol to cope with the emotional pain, it can be easier to open up and confront your past. Knowing that you are not alone can help you move forward with feelings of peace and connectedness.

Because group therapy provides a space to talk about your feelings and receive support, it also teaches the skills necessary to ask for support and provide support to others. These skills are essential to gain during the recovery process, as it is a long and challenging journey that is much easier done with company.

Not only is it easier to communicate your own feelings and needs, but it also becomes easier to listen as you are all engaged together in the process of listening and understanding. If you’ve misunderstood someone, you will realize it as others speak up. Listening and understanding are additional skills you can take from group therapy and carry with you throughout your recovery.

In addition to practicing these new skills, group therapy allows you to receive feedback on these skills as well. Our self-image is often distorted, and interacting with others is a great way to gain self-awareness. By participating in group therapy, we can gain feedback on how we can act and interact with others differently as we move forward.

Five benefits of group counselling below:

  • Encourages Vulnerability
  • Provides Community Support
  • Reduces Isolation
  • Widens Perspective
  • Offers Firsthand Evidence of Improvement

Group Therapy as a Part of Recovery

No matter what program you end up in, group therapy will probably be a part of your addiction treatment, teaching you new ways to behave, interact, listen, understand, and explore, which will aid in the treatment process and your lifetime of recovery.

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Stories of Recovery

  • The encouragement, love and support from the team at Crossroads allowed me to eventually see that I was worth something - that my life could be turned around and that I could accomplish the things that had long been a forgotten dream.
    Oliver VG
    Read more
  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
    Johan B
    Read more
  • I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!
    Carla S
    Read more
  • "Just for today I am more than three years in recovery. I have Cross Roads to thank for this wonderful gift. Cross Roads helped me to set a firm foundation in my recovery on which I can continue to build."
    Angelique J
    Read more
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