Author Archives: hesty

Drug Intervention and Rehab

Drug Intervention is a method to help people addicted to drugs overcome their addiction through a series of interventions. This is usually done when the person’s substance use is out of control. People addicted to drugs normally do not know the extent of their addiction. In cases where the addiction has become out of control, friends or relatives might decide to ask a professional for a drug intervention.

There are several reasons why a person addicted to drugs may not realize the extent of their addiction but perhaps most common among these reasons is the fact that they hang out with substance users as well. There are people whose sense of right and wrong may be patterned after the people around them. Teenagers, especially, are very impressionable and can easily give in to peer pressure. Sometimes they try it out of curiosity and in the process they come across drugs that are dangerously addictive.

A drug intervention should be done in an environment where the individual feels safe and secure. Those conducting the intervention should be neutral and non-judgmental. The people around them should be non-critical and the process of drug intervention should be systematic. They should show the individual battling addiction the vast variety of lifestyle choices there are. A drug intervention is mostly done by concerned family members and friends. They try to make the person realize the extent of their addiction to the point where he accepts how this is affecting his life and the people around him. When this realization is fulfilled, the person might consider or even accept getting help from a professional.

This procedure is a difficult process for both parties. If done incorrectly, the person battling addiction might feel as if people around him are conspiring against him, in which case he might become defensive and refuse rehab.The goal of a drug intervention is always to make a person realize how bad the addiction is.

There have been a lot of cases where families try to intervene but fail at the process. It might be that they were doing it wrong or that the person is not yet ready to face his problems. When doing a drug intervention or rehab it is important to consider what kind of approach one would take.

There are some parents who think the force is the easiest way to get their kids to combat their craving dependence. They usually demand that their kids stop using drugs without realizing how painful or hard this may be. People who have become addicted to certain drugs can’t just quit cold turkey. Some people who use heroin and various psychoactive drugs cannot quit abruptly because the withdrawal symptoms are unbearable.

Drug interventions are not always a success. There are some cases where it goes completely out of hand that the person battling substance addiction would completely shun the people around him and live in isolation. However, when done properly, drug interventions can help the person start a new life free from substance abuse and dependence.

Life After Amputation

I’ve always been a fairly active person, working, taking care of my home and grandsons. Then, in November of 2008, my life was turned upside down when a motorcycling accident landed me in Shock Trauma for 28 days. From there I spent another 2 weeks a rehab hospital.

While in Shock Trauma, my lower left leg was amputated. I was kept in a medically induced coma for the first 3 weeks. When I was finally brought out of the coma, I discovered the amputation. I had suffered a severe injury to my ankle, and infection set in. Amputating my leg was the only way to save my life.

I found out that the stump, even after it was well healed, was a very tender spot. Getting used to the “pins and needles” sensations took a while. That was the EASY part; finding out my leg was gone.

Luckily, my husband was home sick the night of the accident. I say luckily, because he wasn’t hurt or injured, and was able to help me when I was released from the hospitals. I had rode with a friend as a passenger. I rode my own bike, but mine wasn’t running that night. I didn’t think I’d ever ride again. I didn’t know IF I even wanted to get back on a motorcycle!

While on crutches, I learned how to watch a 11 month old, who was still crawling, and a 3 yr old. I was the only babysitter my daughter had. Thanks to the very mature 3 yr old, and the baby gates, I was able to keep up with them. Cooking and cleaning were other things I had to learn how to do on crutches. Even with learning all this, I was determined that I would not be “handicapped’ by this.

I had months of physical therapy before I even got my prosthetic leg. Now the WORK began. Once I had my leg, it was another couple of months of therapy learning how to ‘walk’ again. We don’t realize there is a certain way we are supposed to walk. When we have both legs, it just comes naturally.

What I had to learn was what I’d always taken for granted…putting one foot in front of the other, right? Wrong! True, we put one foot in front of the other, but it’s HOW we place that foot. I had to learn that when we walk, we put the heel down first, with knee straight out in front of us. Then we smoothly follow that with ‘rolling’ to the ball of the foot as we bend the knee, and follow through, bringing the other leg up and in front. First I started ‘walking’ while using both crutches, then as I got better, down to one crutch, and finally walking with just a cane.

Another thing that we don’t realize, is that we have ‘sensors’ in our ankle and foot that tells our brain just where that foot is. When you ankle and foot are gone, so are the ‘sensors’. As a BKA, I have gotten my left foot (the prosthetic) caught in toys, rugs, etc.. You go to take a step and don’t realize you didn’t lift that foot up enough. Whew, so much to re-learn!

Now that I am back to actually walking, it is a whole lot easier doing the housework, and cooking. I even take and/or pick up the oldest grandson (now 4 yrs. old) from Pre-K;, taking the baby (now 2 yrs old. [& WALKING] ), with out any help. Before, while still on crutches, I needed help to get the youngest out to my SUV. Now, my family treats me just as if I had both legs. By that, I mean that they no longer are rushing to cook for me or to carry my plate and drink to the table for meals. The only thing I don’t do is the laundry. I just started going down the basement steps. There is no railing, and the steps are a little steep and narrow. I still need to hold onto the rail or wall or have my cane nearby if I’m going to do steps. One day I’ll be able to get up & down as easily as I did before the accident.

It feels so good to be able to do all the things I did before the accident! Yes, I’ve even rode on a motorcycle again, as a passenger. It was both great but scary too, at first. I can’t wait to try to actually drive one again. My bike is old and I’m leery of riding it, due to the way it runs. I don’t know if I’ll be able to shift the gears with the prosthetic foot or if I’ll have to have a bike modified. I keep telling myself it’s just like learning to ride a bicycle or a horse; if you fall off, get up and get back on it. I WILL ride again.

All I can say; is what a difference a year makes! Wow, when I look back to where I was a year ago, to where I’m at now, it’s mind boggling. I’m now doing all the things I’ve done before, except actually working outside of the home, and that’s only because I’m taking care of my grandsons while my daughter works. I’m fortunate that I can do this.

Life is NOT over because you lose a part of your body. You just have to persevere and maybe find new ways to do the things you once did, but YOU CAN DO IT. Having and maintaining a positive attitude is just as important as not thinking of yourself as ‘handicapped’, and Believing in yourself to be able to do most, if not all of what you want to accomplish. Life goes on and so must we.

6 Things to Do After Drug Rehab Treatment

While you are going through a drug rehab treatment program, you will be introduced to many different skills and strategies that can help you be successful in your new life without drugs. When you return home, you may discover that as you apply the skills and strategies to your life after rehab, it is a little bit more difficult than you thought it would be, especially if there are any remnants of your old life. Here are six things to do after drug rehab treatment that may help you be a little more secure in your recovery.

1 – Make a New Circle of Friends

It is certainly no secret that as an individual falls deeper into substance abuse and addiction, they drift from friends and family that do not support the abuse and they move closer to a group of friends that engage in the same behavior as them. This probably happened to you as well. Now you are clean and sober and you need to make a new circle of friends that do not spend their time using drugs. If the only friends you socialize with are drug friends, it is only a matter of time before you will be sucked back into that life. Save yourself the temptation by getting a new group of friends that are substance free.

2 – It Might Be Time for a New Address

If you live in a community that is known for drug activity, it might be a good idea that you consider moving to a new location. This can also be valid, if your address was the one hosting all the drug parties. While you are recovering, you do not need any blasts from the past stopping by and triggering those old memories that you have worked too hard to put behind you. Relocating to a new place to live will reinforce your new life and fresh start.

3 – Follow Through on your Meetings and Therapy

In many cases, after you leave a drug rehab treatment program, there are meetings (such as N.A.) and/or therapy. It may be tempting to think that after a few weeks of no problems that “you’ve got this” and you no longer need meetings or therapy. Whatever program you are involved in, it is important that you follow through on your meetings and therapy. Ongoing treatment can help you address triggers, handle issues associated with family and set goals and map out a plan for your future.

4 – Work on Mental Wellness

After rehab treatment you may experience anxiety and stress as you return to the routines of life such as work, school and taking care of your family. Depression, sadness and nervousness can increase until relapse is inevitable. It is crucial to your continued sober success that you find a way to keep your mental wellness positive. There are many outlets for keeping your mental health positive such as spending time in meditation, yoga or just taking a daily walk.

5 – Participate in a Support Group

For many people participating in a support, be it 12 steps or a non 12 step group, helps them stay focused and positive. It also gives them an opportunity to make new friends, engage in activities that can help them be successful and to possibly help others who are trying to stay positive and stay sober.

6 – Avoiding Relapse

Not everyone has a relapse. However, statistics released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that as many as 60 percent of individuals in recovery from drug abuse or addiction do relapse at least one time. The best way to avoid a relapse it to be consciously aware of your thoughts, feelings and activities and know that when you find yourself on shaky ground, call a support friend, attend a meeting or do something positive to change your attitude.