Why is Anger an Obstacle in Recovery ?

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Why is Anger an Obstacle in Recovery ?

25 August, 2021Articles, News

A person in recovery may face any number of challenges to their recovery process. Some of these challenges are external, we have problems with our family, friends and in our careers. Our financial situation may change, or our health may fail us. Other problems are a bit harder to pin down. We may struggle with flawed thinking, our attitudes and behavioural patterns may hold us back, and our emotions may control us despite our best efforts. A dragon many addicts and alcoholics must face in recovery is their own anger.

What is anger?
Anger is an emotional state brought on when a person feels offended or threatened. The same way humans express anger and rage at perceived danger, is present in many animals, this suggests that anger is part of a survival mechanic, rather than just a state of being. It is part of the “fight or flight” response. The body and brain are flooded with adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine. This increases blood flow to the muscles and allows you to react faster and fight harder. This type of response is crucial when living in a situation where you must outrun predators and fight for your life, but you’re not running from a grizzly bear, you are not fighting off hungry scavengers, a taxi just cut you off on the way to work. Despite the reality of the situation, the brain and body still react as if your life is on the line.

Anger and the recovery process
Anger is very often an emotion used to cover up other emotions. This is the main reason why -in the recovery process, anger is particularly damaging. It is a superb defence mechanism. When a person is sad, or fearful or feels ashamed, it is so easy to just cover all those unpleasant feelings in a layer of anger. It is a way of protecting the ideas we had about ourselves and the things we went through. It helps us shift blame and fuels denial about the part we play in the situations we find ourselves in. Simply put, when angry it is near impossible to be vulnerable. Anger tells us that we are always right. That we don’t need to change and that these people (counsellors, sponsors, friends and family) who are telling us that we need to change are wrong. Recovery demands vulnerability. To fully solve our problems, we need to confront them head on. Being able to accept criticism, have our illusions about ourselves and the world around us shattered takes a great amount of courage.

What do we do about our anger
The initial feeling of anger is not actually the problem we have to solve. We often cannot control how our brains and bodies decide to react in the moment. There are however areas where we do have control. How am I going to react to this situation or person which is making me angry? And, how long am I going to be angry about this situation or at this person? The first often comes with time, practice and self-examination. It is almost as if you are trying to get in front of your thoughts before they run away with you. Studies have shown that meditation techniques are quiet effective in facilitating this type of adjustment in thinking patterns. In extreme cases anger management therapy and support groups may be necessary. When we are talking about the second choice we have, how long am I going to be angry, this often takes the form of a conscious decision to work through our feelings. When we hold on to resentment it is not an active process we are participating in. It is an underlying and unconscious pain, and whether we are aware of this pain or not, it could affect our judgments and our interactions with other people. In the 12 steps, we are asked to do a searching and fearless moral inventory, this is often where we are made aware of our resentments and just how deeply they have affected us. We are then asked to share this. It is in the sharing of our pain and anger that we can finally start to forgive, accept and let it go.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with an addiction – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best possible care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it’s only a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sexgamblingsubstancesalcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment.

www.crossroadsrecovery.co.za

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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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Inpatient Rehabilitation – what are the benefits ?

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Inpatient Rehabilitation – what are the benefits ?

06 August, 2021Articles, News

There are many reasons why one would choose to stop addictive behaviours and seek help from a professional, but that begs the question, what type of help is appropriate for me or my loved one, what are the advantages of each and what may I expect? In this article we will go over the benefits of choosing formal, inpatient rehabilitation.

One of the benefits is of choosing to enter a rehabilitation centre is payment and cost. When looking at the financials, it can seem like a costly endeavour but what many people fail to realise is that even hospital plans assign specific benefits for inpatient detox and rehabilitation from addiction. These benefits are available even if there are none allocated for individual counselling or psychological services. This makes rehabilitation more accessible than people may think it is.

Another benefit of inpatient rehabilitation is that is it medically supervised. This is not possible when attempting to detox at home or as an outpatient. A client’s full using history is considered and medication is prescribed to mitigate any possible withdrawal symptoms and negative health consequences as a result of withdrawal. Medication is prescribed by a medical doctor, and administration and compliance to this protocol is supervised by a registered nurse. Mismanagement of medication ceases to be a concern. Supervision ensures that if there are any negative health consequences they are dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

Upon admission to a rehabilitation centre, a client is put in a safe environment, protected from the temptations, triggers and dangers of the outside world . The absence of these temptations means clients experience less frequent cravings, and are prevented from acting out on their cravings when they occur. This is highly beneficial as it reduces the stress in early recovery, giving the client a real opportunity to focus on the work that needs to be done.

Once ensconced in a rehabilitation centre, the client is isolated from the outside world. Though this is a drawback for some, it is one of the key benefits of rehabilitation as it allows the client to focus intensely on the task at hand – which is recovery from addiction. This singleness of purpose, allows for more in-depth recovery work to be done in the time allocated, as opposed to spreading oneself thin between work, family and social commitments, studies or anything else that may prove distracting. 28 days of inpatient rehabilitation includes a lot more work towards long-term recovery than the equivalent time in an outpatient or informal recovery environment.

What many people realise once they start the recovery process is that there is a lot more that needs attention, and that the use of drugs and alcohol are merely symptomatic of a larger problem. Beyond that, being in a treatment environment allows clients to work on a multitude of issues extending all the way back to childhood.

Ceasing to use drugs or alcohol is not the end of a recovery process, but the start of one. Learning to live a life without drugs is just as important as giving up those drugs in the first place.

If you or a loved one need assistance with addiction – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it is a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex,  gambling,  substances,  alcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment.

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Johannesburg Admissions: +27 74 895 1043
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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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Rehab in South Africa: A Look at How the Process Works

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Rehab in South Africa: A Look at How the Process Works

20 July, 2021Articles, News

For many of us, the only reference we have on how the process of rehabilitation works, comes from television. It is a process that has a reputation for being difficult and deeply challenging. Some may fear entering the process because of a prevailing perception that it requires significant change, which is a daunting prospect for anyone. That’s why we deem it so important to demystify the process, so that those who are struggling with addiction can reach a place of hope and realise that treatment is simply the beginning of a journey that takes place one day at a time. Change comes gradually, and although the process is not easy, getting clean is the beginning of a new, more fulfilling life. In this article, we break down the process of rehab in South Africa into four main components.

Detox

The first step in the process of rehab in South Africa, is to detox. The process of detoxing will vary from person-to-person because different substances have different effects on the body and mind. Each person’s detox process will be guided by a medical practitioner, who will be able to administer any form of treatment that may be required. Those who are entering rehab for a process addiction like porn addiction, may not need to go through the detox process but may enter the next phase of treatment immediately. Every patient’s needs are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Group Therapy

Learning to talk about feelings in an open and honest forum is an important step in the process of rehab in South Africa. Group therapy has proven to be an indispensable tool for personal development. Facilitators or counsellors will guide each group by suggesting a topic or by stimulating discussion and sharing. Some patients engage immediately with the process of group therapy, while for some, trusting others may take time. The most important thing to remember is that group therapy meets individuals where they are, allowing everyone to participate at their own pace.

One-on-One Therapy

Each patient will be paired with a counsellor upon entering the treatment process. Individual counselling sessions tend to go deeper than group therapy sessions in that counsellors may wish to help the individual to unearth some of the deep-seated issues that may be unresolved. Over time, each individual, forms a valuable connection and bond with their counsellor. Apart from being qualified, specialised addiction counsellors – all our counsellors are in recovery from addiction themselves and thus have personal knowledge of where addiction is capable of taking a person. This facilitates the process of trust between client and counsellor.

12-Step Fellowships

What happens after rehab is just as important as what happens during treatment. For this reason, at Crossroads Recovery Centres, we introduce recovering addicts to 12-step fellowships like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous in the hopes that after treatment, clients will decide to immerse themselves fully in the recovery journey. These fellowships provide an indispensable support network that helps to guide the individual towards finding a new way to live without the use of addictive substances and behaviour.

These four stages are some of the bastions of the rehab process, but the list is in no way exhaustive. There are other components that may form part of treatment, including life skills workshops, yoga, meditation, craft classes and similar forms of therapy.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with substance abuse or alcoholism – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best possible care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it’s only a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment

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Johannesburg Admissions: +27 74 895 1043
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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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Rehabilitation Centres In Pretoria

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Rehabilitation Centres In Pretoria

11 June, 2021Articles, News

Crossroads Recovery Centre prides itself as being the longest running licensed, 12-step rehabilitation centre in Pretoria. Our vision, focus and aim are on helping individuals suffering from addiction into recovery. Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterised by compulsive drug-seeking and use despite adverse effects. At Crossroads rehabilitation centres we recognise that addiction includes, but is not limited to, drugs and alcohol. Our intake of clients seeking help from addiction includes behaviours such as gambling and sex addiction

Crossroads recognises that the treatment of, and recovery from addiction cannot be limited to the individual only. The seat of addiction, as a brain disorder, may reside in the individual, but recovery from addiction includes the systems from which our clients originate. As such, as part of our drug rehabilitation programme, Crossroads Recovery Centres’ treatment includes family education, family workshops, and family therapy. The family is acknowledged as being influential in the recovery from addiction.

Our treatment facility offers a community environment for rehabilitation where clients are guided into the tasks and responsibilities of daily living which have been negatively impacted by their drug use or behaviours. Our rehabilitation programme offers an intense, consistent, structured daily routine including individual counselling sessions, group work, individual introspection with guidance and therapeutic interventions from the counsellors. Our programme is not designed to provide a break for the suffering addict from the realities of life and addiction. Instead it is designed to start the journey back into a life free from drugs, alcohol and other harmful behaviours.

Recovery from long term drug abuse and from addiction may require more than just a short-term stay in a drug rehabilitation centre. Crossroads thus works with a network of halfway houses, sobriety houses and crisis centres in the Pretoria region so as to ensure the best possible start to recovery from addiction for our clients.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with an addiction – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one, but getting yourself or your loved one the best possible care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centres provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope, and it’s only a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol or food, contact us for a free assessment.

www.crossroadsrecovery.co.za

074 89 51043 JHB

012 450 5033 PTA

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Johannesburg Admissions: +27 74 895 1043
Pretoria Admissions: +27 82 653 3311
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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
    Read more
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