Addiction – 60 Day Key Fob and a Powerful Thirst

Cunning, baffling, powerful. These are three words used to describe addiction in 12 Step literature.

I have worked in the addictions field now for 12 years, and I am certainly baffled. We had the honor of watching and walking through, the painful excavating and facing of, the dark places inside a young adult I’ll call Peter.

As with most of the people we help in long-term or repeat treatment, the disease and the twisted way of thinking is planted and tended by the parents and family. Coming to terms with the fact that the people who you believe love you the most are toxic enough to kill you, shakes the very foundations of a person’s life. There is no point in explaining Peter’s history. It is nothing more than a variation of a theme that is played out in hundreds of thousands of families across time and geography. It is something called good intentions of ‘love and nurturing’ gone awry.

Peter had been to treatment before, this was his third attempt. Over the years of being in and out of recovery, he saw clearly the progression of his disease. In 12 Step meetings the fatal nature of the disease is exhibited in the funerals and arrests of those that aren’t willing to go to any length to stay clean and sober. Peter was well past the state of denial about his own disease. More frequent visits to the drunk tank, passing out on the street, and vomiting on a daily basis foreshadowed the end of the road, and it was not very far away.

At 12 Step meetings they often offer key fobs or coins to celebrate and acknowledge lengths of clean time. 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 6 months, 9 months, and then yearly thereafter. Peter had taken a 60 day key fob on Tuesday, and talked about how proud he was of this incredible accomplishment. Make no mistake, 60 days without drinking, for an alcoholic, is a monumental feat. People who are not alcoholic seldom count how many days it’s been since their last drink, so one may not understand the import and significance of this.

Thursday morning Peter showed up to breakfast crying. He said his bags were packed, and he was leaving early. Peter was crying, because, he told us, he knew he was going out to drink. He stated very honestly that he was going to a bar, and would likely sleep on the street tonight. He was invited to stay for breakfast so we could talk about it. Peter stated he knew he would die, or harm someone else in a black out and land back in jail. In addiction lingo this is called The Hijacked Brain. There was nothing anyone could say or do to hold back this man back from certain destruction. Peter had packed up his 30 and 60 day key fobs, and left after breakfast.

Addictions can be cunning, powerful and baffling. Alcoholism creates a powerful thirst for self-destruction. Recovery can create a powerful thirst for life.

Addiction Recovery Center – The Best Answer For Getting Help That Matters

An addiction recovery center can be just what the doctor ordered for many people struggling with addiction. Although drugs and alcohol get most of the attention in the news, there are other forms of addiction as well. These can range from gambling, prescription drugs or even pornography. However, the common element out of all these addictions is the negative impact they have on people’s lives. Here, we take a look at a few reasons why an addiction recovery center can be so helpful:

1. A large number of people get lasting relief from their addiction.
Even though the success rate for most treatment centers is low at 10 to 20%, this does not take away from the fact that many people still benefit by temporary bouts of abstinence from drugs and alcohol. In addition, some treatment centers have far higher success rates go up to over 70%. The result here is that a large amount of people are able to get lasting recovery from their addiction.

2. Participants are able to learn about their addiction.
An addiction treatment program forces people to deal with their emotions, feelings, and problems with their addiction. It also requires them to be honest with themselves and starts them on a path to recovery. Specifically, it teaches them ways to avoid bad friends and situations, but also how to develop good situations and circumstances. These actions can be very critical in reducing the risk of relapse, but to also show the person what behavior will keep them in control of their own lives.

3. This type of action is better than no action at all.
Simply put, even if the treatment turns out to not keep the person from having lasting recovery. It has a valuable, positive influence on their lives. The result is they have the opportunity to lead a more productive life than they would have without any action. Even if full recovery is not possible, some recovery is still far better for everyone. It allows them to be a better person for themselves, loved ones, and society in general. The cumulative result here is they can lead a more positive and richer life even if this treatment is only a starting point for other future treatments.

By keeping these different reasons in mind, it is easy to see why many people opt for entering an addiction recovery center. If you or a loved one is experiencing a drug or alcohol addiction or some other form of addiction, we strongly suggest you look into these centers further.