Drug Treatment at Recovery Virginia
A cognitive-behavioral program
Every alcoholic and drug user knows that quitting comes down to CHOICE. If a "relapse" is accepted as the choice to pick up again, then “Relapse is part of recovery" comes down to just another excuse to continue to use.
We all know our costs of using alcohol and drugs, the cost to health and life expectancy; the costs in family life, job performance, even to holding a job. And then there is the Law...
There is an alternative and it's called taking responsibility: responsibility for my life, for those I love. It's called taking responsibility over the misery I alone create, make worse by using. Responsibility over using my misery as excuse to make myself, and those I care about, even more miserable.
At Recovery Virginia treatment involves three steps:
Step 1 is the easiest and not even a “treatment” issue. It is the personal choice, your expressed choice, to quit, to never use again! Without commitment recovery will not take hold. This is because, as the old saw has it, “One is too many and a thousand not enough!” Quitting is, as I said, the easy part of the treatment process. Monitoring and controlling the impulse to violate that commitment (“one can’t hurt;" "I can control it!”) is the real treatment project.
Step 2 begins when, after maintaining sobriety for some time you begin to feel some confidence living drug-free. Treatment now enters what some programs call “relapse prevention.” At Recovery Virginia this is the time that you begin the difficult process of deciding whether a drug-free life is really “worth the effort.” Because to live without drugs takes more than just putting them aside. It requires a change of life-style: of filling the habit-gap surrounding intoxicant use. It requires creating new entertainments, new ways to deal with the daily routines involved in feeding the habit. It means putting aside your old “drug buddies.” Because after years of getting high, the discipline of sobriety needs all the help you can give it!
As drugs were once, so sobriety must now become the organizing force of your life. During this treatment stage it is your program’s task to help you anticipate and confront any sign of commitment slippage.
In Step 3 treatment shifts from the daily crisis of drug abstinence to the relative calm of your sobriety-supporting issues that in the end determine whether or not your desired sobriety-based life takes hold. Relationships, improvement in employment and education are some of the issues addressed and monitored. By the time you complete Stage 3 you will have demonstrated to yourself that you really can take charge of your life, that you really can live drug-free!
In today's economy, with job security seemingly a receding memory and replacement employment more difficult than ever to find anxiety and depression, stress in relationship and marriage is increasing and all too common. It is also unnecessary. Too many people resort to alcohol and other drugs as escape, an "escape" that too often spirals out of control turning a "bad" situation into a "disaster."
David Turner, LCSW, has nearly 40 years experience assisting people overcome depression and anxiety, repair relationships seemingly in free-fall. And more than 20 years assisting people to save themselves from the despair of a life lost to alcohol and other drugs.
RecoVa's Substance Abuse Library is a growing source of information about alcohol and other commonly abused drugs.
Substance Abuse Handouts: David Turner, LCSW, received The 2003 Governors's Award for Anti-Drug Efforts in Treatment. These Handouts were the basis for that Award.
Quitting is as easy, or difficult, as making the choice...
and meaning it!
David Turner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Diplomate in Clinical Forensic Counseling. Governor Wilder recognized his success working with people trapped in a self-destructive life of alcohol and drug abuse with The 2003 Governor's Award for anti-Drug Efforts in Treatment.