Remission - help and support of the addict
Remission is the stage in the course of the disease, at which the bulk of the pathological symptomatic manifestations of alcohol or drug addiction occurs in a latent form, but at any convenient opportunity they open up and a breakdown occurs with all the ensuing consequences.
During the period of remission, the patient must have a stable motivation to overcome the disease, completely refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages and drugs, and must also lead a healthy lifestyle.
At the moment of remission, a person suffering from addiction does not feel anxiety and feels good – this lasts until he gets into any difficult situations and circumstances that can become a catalyst for the use of drugs or alcohol, including: stressful situations, difficult stages in life, dismissal from work, quarrels with close people or their loss.
As a rule, even with a single use of a drug or alcohol – a breakdown occurs, leading to the resumption of systematic use – the process of treatment from alcohol and drugs, as well as rehabilitation, must be started again, from the very beginning.
Help and support of the addict during remission period
Help and support of the addict during the period of remission is one of the key factors in successful recovery and return to normal life. During this period, it is very important that the support is comprehensive: both from the specialists of the narcological clinic/psychologists, and from close people.
At the same time, the addict must provide effective self-control – the persistent motivation instilled by psychologists must become an incentive in order not to break into a new round. One of the critical points is the period of 10-12 months after the end of use. After a year, a person already feels confident in his abilities, he begins to have thoughts that the problem has been solved and in the future there is no need to be afraid of it. However, an increase in negative mood and stress factors can lead to “small” or “one-time” use, which is critically unacceptable.
Recommendations for relatives on support of the addict during remission period
In the process of remission, it is very important not to exert psychological pressure on the recovering person; your close person must be tuned in to complete recovery. Scandals in the family, regular lamentations, unreasonable demands can “drive” a wedge into the addict’s psyche, thereby provoking him to reuse, which develops into a relapse.
Provide help and support to the addict during the period of remission, adhering to the following rules:
- You should not be overly active during the remission process. A person should feel his importance, realize that it is he who is the basis for his own recovery – no one can do it for him;
- You do not need to remember in personal communication with a person about his past, as well as about his behavior during the period of use;
- You shouldn’t make unrealistic promises that can cause false motivation. For example, that you buy a new car for your addicted child after recovery. Motivation must be justified, and first of all, come from the patient himself;
- Support any positive aspirations of a close person, help in solving problems and problems, but do not take a leading role;
- Do not assume all household responsibilities, work helps in the recovery of the addict;
- Regularly consult with the specialists of the drug treatment center – they will give valuable advice and help to make the remission successful.
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