Remember: The stated goal of most rehab facilities is “total abstinence forever” and the success rate of that is low. I mean it's really, really, really, low. Of course, when it doesn’t work, the individual is to blame, often times dismissed as “not ready" or "unwilling" etc. That's part of of it, but not to the degree to which the current paradigm fails. The science of addiction and possible medical interventions has all progressed, but most rehabs still prefer to be A.A. indoctrination vessels. And if that doesn't work? The solution is usually more rehab, of course.
Sometimes what hurts the most is actually asking for help. Just let it happen, captain.
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You won't be the best version of yourself after 30 days in rehab. The goal is to get better and do whatever works, so don't let the rehab industry (or AA) tell you that they're the only solution.
If this is your first sober New Year's Eve, please remember that it's just one day and this will all be over soon enough.
It's OK for a relationship to stay in stasis. Keeping it there while extricating yourself from it for the purposes of self-preservation is healthy, as extricating yourself from any situation that would normally make you drink is a sober decision.
This holiday season, can you finally shut the door on the alcoholic or drug addict in your family?
A Scram anklet? A urine test? Anything to help a desperate father prove he's sober enough to be around his kids.
After two weeks of torment from the Brett Kavanaugh hearings (and his eventual confirmation), our resident social worker and alcohol expert, Joe Schrank, has some space to discuss the other-other problem: America's continued nonchalance about "youthful binge drinking."
I had never taught sober before. I’d always either taken Valium or had a few drinks, so I was googling articles about how the new modern smart mom drinks while pregnant. I found these articles convincing, and I was definitely headed down the road of telling myself I’d just have one glass this one day.