Terrance Gorski is a world renowned relapse specialist, has spent his entire career studying relapse and methods to prevent it. In this article (Linked Below), "Understanding Relapse, " Gorksi describes the process which takes place before an addict/alcoholic takes that first drink or drug after a period of abstinence. Gorski states that certain behaviors are precursors to a return into addiction. With this modality of thinking, relapse can be predicted in individuals which show certain "relapse warning signs." It is important that an addict/alcoholic looks for these behaviors and strive to address them as they arise, for each person to have the best possible chance for recovery, as well as life-long sobriety. Some common behaviors that appear to manifest within an addict/alcoholic before a relapse might be: sexual promiscuity, a gambling habit, rage/anger, financial benders (spending too much money or working to a level of unhealthiness), isolation and depression.
When we, as addicts and alcoholics, lived our lives as we have: selfishly, self-centered, erratic, and careless, and we refuse to change, we are asking for trouble. We must surrender more than our drug and alcohol abuse. We must let go and accept an entirely new way of living' we must practice altruism as best we can, we must be unselfish and loving towards all, and learn to treat our own mental, physical, and spiritual health with the utmost care. Our selfish way of living had failed us. We had to learn to live on a spiritual basis or die from our disease of addiction. We had to "Grow or Go."
Practical experience has shown 12-Step recovery programs are the most successful and efficient method for arresting alcoholism and drug addiction. It is proven that in the beginning of recovery addicts do well with constant support and guidance from other addicts who have recovered. Addicts will trust other addicts in what they say because they know that they understand. Sober living residents should obtain a sponsor and begin taking the 12-Steps of any relevant recovery program within the first 14 days of their residency. Alcoholism and drug addiction are best conquered on a spiritual basis and by practicing the principles the 12-Steps teach.
A well structured and safe sober living home is important in allowing individuals to recover in an environment that facilitates the best means of recovery possible while allowing them a chance to learn how to be sober in this world. It is important for the addict to have the responsibility and guidance a sober living home provides.
Nickolas Henderson is a recovering addict and alcoholic with 13 years of experience helping other addicts and alcoholics recover from this disease of addiction. He has been a drug counselor and worked all of these years helping people into recovery. This is his passion in life.