Bell Let’s Talk Day is coming up, and all we can think about is action! Opening up the conversation about mental health is important, of course, but in the work Team Renascent does we know that recovery is more than just talk: it’s about action.
Taking action in support of mental health and addictions can make sure that someone else is able to reach the recovery you have found, and it’s also a fulfilling way to keep your own recovery on track.
Here are just a few ideas for how you can be action hero this coming week:
Our alumni contacts bridge that daunting gap between leaving treatment and achieving stable recovery at home. As an alumni contact, you will be put in touch with someone leaving treatment who lives in your community. You’ll meet them, take them to a local meeting, introduce them to program contacts, and generally help them find their footing in your area’s recovery community. It’s an important job and an amazing way to give back.
Our monthly donors can choose exactly how much they give every month, so if $9 a month works for you, great! When you give the gift of recovery, you help us keep our promise of never turning anyone away from drug and alcohol addiction treatment because of money. Over the course of a year, your monthly donations will accumulate into an impressive annual gift, and you’ll get a tax receipt for the full amount.
When you go back to the house where you found recovery, you’re not only giving yourself an amazing reminder of how far you’ve come, you’re also showing everyone currently in treatment what’s up ahead. If you aren’t feeling like a shining example of recovery this week, go anyway. When you share your struggles, hope, and experience, you’re doing everyone a favour.
4. Review us on Facebook and/or Google.
When you let others know how and where you found recovery, you’re helping them find it for themselves. This is probably the easiest way to spread the word! On Facebook, go to facebook.com/RenascentCanada and click on “Recommend” to share your experience. (While you’re there, “Like” us to connect with the Renascent community and get resources, support, etc.) On Google, search for your house (Munro, Punanai, Sullivan, or Wright) and on the results page, you’ll see an option on the right hand side to write a review.
Remember your first meeting? How nervous you were? How weird everything felt? A friendly face saying “hey” can be the difference between running out the door and never looking back, or coming back next week and finding a supportive community for life.
Being of service is a key factor of long-term recovery — you’ve got to give it to get it! Whatever you’re good at, from gardening to computers, there’s a charity or non-profit organization who could use your help. (We might even have some opportunities for volunteers at our suite during the upcoming ORC.) Apply to be a volunteer today!
Members of Parliament and Provincial Parliament are responsible to you. If you think more government money should go toward funding addiction treatment programs, let them know! They work for you, and need to hear from you to know what their constituents care about.
Now celebrate your action hero status with a little dance party!
In this brief, but powerful How to Recover with Cocaine Addiction Treatment guide, you will have the knowledge to get clean once and for all.
If cocaine has entered the life of someone you know – or is affecting you directly – you may already be aware of the reason it’s casually known as a ‘hard’ drug. Once it has taken hold, it’s a hard habit to break. It becomes hard for the sufferer to lead any semblance of a normal life. And it can harden the hearts of family members, friends, and employers toward the user as this addiction rages its way through relationships, finances and personal lives, with often devastating consequences.
If you didn’t think it was possible to recover from cocaine addiction, think again: while cocaine is certainly a very powerful foe, with cocaine addiction treatment, the habit can be defeated. Recovery is possible. It begins with taking the first step: admitting that help is needed, and accepting that help. Sometimes a cocaine addict has to be badly battered by the drug before they will take this step. But once taken, the journey to recovery from cocaine addiction has already begun.
What kind of a drug is cocaine, and what are its effects?
When cocaine made a big splash in the collective consciousness in the 70s and early 80s, it was known as a ‘rich man’s drug’ and ‘not physically addictive’ because of its cost, rarity, and a lack of the strong physical withdrawal symptoms characterized by other hard drugs such as heroin. We have learned much about this designer drug since then, and unfortunately, it has claimed many lives and fortunes in the intervening decades. Here’s some of what we know about cocaine.
- Cocaine is a stimulant derived from the coca plant. In South America, native people used to chew the leaves of the coca plant for more energy while working in the fields.
- Cocaine can be snorted, injected or freebased (crack cocaine)
- Cocaine is highly addictive. With a rush lasting just two to five minutes, a user needs to use almost continuously in an attempt to maintain their high
- In experiments done on mice, cocaine was found to be so addictive that mice will repeatedly press the ‘cocaine button’ to get a hit, to the exclusion of food and water, until they die.
So what happens when cocaine is abused, as it has a high potential to be? There are serious side effects to this powerful stimulant. It causes the heart to beat faster and blood vessels to constrict, which can lead to heart attacks. In fact, it’s an open secret that whenever a 20-or 30-something Hollywood actor or sports celebrity with no history of heart disease suddenly dies of cardiac arrest, cocaine was the likely culprit. Cocaine overdose can also lead to strokes, and habitual use can cause high blood pressure, weight loss, lung damage and kidney failure.
Despite its lack of ‘physical’ withdrawal symptoms (such as the vomiting and sweating associated with opiate withdrawal) cocaine withdrawal is very painful. That much is obvious – otherwise why would an addict do almost anything to get more, and keep using it even when the consequences are so negative? Cocaine withdrawal symptoms include intense cravings, severe depression, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, anger, mood swings and sleeplessness. It’s little wonder the relapse rate for cocaine is high.
Addicts can and do recover with cocaine addiction treatment
Recovery is possible. That’s great news for the person struggling with cocaine abuse who may feel hopeless. However, a certain mindset is generally necessary in order for cocaine addiction treatment to work. Some of the things that are generally considered a helpful prerequisite for successful recovery include:
- Willingness to admit there is a problem. As with addiction to other drugs, cocaine addiction often leads to denial. Users shrink from confronting what is actually going on, the toll the drug is taking on their lives and relationships, and the severity of the problem; owning the wreckage can be overwhelming and is often best accomplished in an intervention-type setting with the help of concerned and supportive loved ones. Admitting the truth about the impact of the addiction is essential to seeking help and ultimately recovering.
- A sincere desire to stop using cocaine. A person must not merely pay lip service to the idea of getting clean and sober; it doesn’t work that way. Of course, he or she may not feel enthusiastic about having to give up cocaine, indeed may be terrified at the prospect, but one must be willing to put cocaine aside in order to give treatment a fair shot.
- A willingness to consider complete abstinence as a means to successful cocaine addiction treatment. Someone with a cocaine or crack problem may not believe they have a problem with alcohol or any other drug, but generally speaking, those who are entirely abstinent have a much better chance of recovering from cocaine addiction because alcohol, marijuana and other drugs can be considered gateway drugs to cocaine.
How cocaine addiction treatment works
There is no magic pill, quick fix or single technique to help someone recover from cocaine addiction. You can change your life and recover from addiction, and be happier than you ever were before; it’s just a matter of doing the work. At Renascent, cocaine addiction treatment consists of a multi-disciplinary approach to the problem of cocaine addiction. It’s an approach that has helped thousands of people who once struggled with cocaine addiction, to achieve lasting recovery.
Treatment modalities for cocaine addiction include:
-Education into the nature of cocaine addiction and its physical, emotional, social and spiritual effects
-Cognitive behavioural therapy: Practicing techniques to change behaviour patterns that led you to reach for cocaine in the first place
-12-step facilitation therapy
-Additional therapies personalized to your individual needs and situation, including reality therapy, person-centred therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness principles and art therapy
Treatment is facilitated individually and in groups by our team of registered psychotherapists and certified drug and alcohol addiction specialists, all of whom have lived experience of addiction and recovery
At Renascent, the atmosphere is that of a comfortable home, not a bleak institution. You will be surrounded by loving, caring, experienced staff and peers who, like yourselves, are on a journey of recovery. We have found this to be the best possible environment to support someone as they recover. The bottom line is, cocaine addiction doesn’t have to rule your life anymore. For more information about Renascent’s programs and to find out why we are your best choice for lasting recovery, please call our Access Centre, day or night, toll-free at 1-866-232-1212 or text 1-647-691-4146 to speak confidentially to one of our counsellors.
Learning how to let go of resentment can be a real struggle.
Many people struggling come into alcohol or drug addiction treatment with some apprehension:
What will it be like to live without the drug of choice?
What will it be like to attend meetings, participate in therapy sessions, live with other recovering addicts?
What about all the baffling recovery jargon and challenging new ideas to embrace?
It’s a good thing most newcomers aren’t confronted with Step 4 right away, or they just might run!
Of course, by the time they reach Step 4 in the 12-step program, most recovering addicts no longer feel that way.
Often there is a feeling of excitement at doing the ‘fearless moral inventory’ and finally getting our life story off our chests.
There is the desire for absolute honesty as we enumerate the people, places and things that have made us angry, afraid and hurt throughout our lives.
Then we are told that we can’t afford to hold resentment against any of them.
What is Resentment?
Recovery may be the first time we really considered the word ‘resentment’.
After years of numbing out with various substances, we seemed capable of only the most basic emotions: pain, anger, fear.
Yet resentment is distinct from anger: it refers to re-sensing something, repetitively replaying negative events and feelings in our mind such that they consume us.
Although resentment allows us to recall something as freshly as though it happened yesterday, resentment often involves more than a single incident; years of frustration and unresolved issues could be behind it, both with the person involved and with others.
When reliving painful events and feelings, we often feel powerful, as justified anger surges through us; but underneath we know we are helpless, because the offenses lie in the past, where nothing can be changed or undone.
Resentment is More Than Just a Choice Not to Forgive
How many times have we heard the words ‘let it go’, even before we came into recovery?
As if it were that easy!
Many, if not most, recovering addicts and alcoholics have experienced trauma at one point or another in their lives, often in childhood where the wounds are the deepest.
It’s a little trite to urge someone who survived severe childhood abuse to simply ‘let bygones be bygones’; we wouldn’t tell someone bleeding from a head wound to just ‘stop letting that rent space in your head’.
Yet, resentments are dangerous to the recovering addict’s sobriety and peace of mind, and must be dealt with somehow.
Steps to Letting Go of Resentment
While letting go of resentment is an ongoing process, as new resentments will naturally develop throughout our lifetime, much of the excavation can be begun in the Step 4 process.
Here are some steps to letting go:
- Honour the resentment. Don’t let anybody tell you it didn’t happen or it wasn’t important; while we can’t fully trust our addicted thinking, nor are we completely delusional. People have hurt us, it is the human condition. Acknowledge that you were hurt and take the time to journal, without mincing words, how it felt to be hurt, and how it still feels.
- Understand that justice will not come from holding the resentment. As much as we might feel an apology or restitution is owed, can we accept that it will never come…and that even so, we will be loved and happy?
- Believe that with releasing resentment, comes freedom. As the metaphorical ‘jailor’ of the people you resent, you are with them at all times, even in your sleep. Believe it is possible to stop letting them control you and re-injure you over and over: the power lies with you to throw away the key and walk away.
- Commit to stop ruminating about the resentment. This may involve other steps, such as a ceremonial burning of your 4th step inventory sheets, prayers, or cognitive behavioural techniques to break resentment’s addictive hold on you.
If all else fails, make amends. Admitting your own wrongs and trying to set matters straight will give you more compassion for yourself and all mankind…and let you give yourself a break from resentment.