Caroline White at the office of the Hearing Voices Network in Holyoke, Mass. The program, which relies on members supporting one another, does not use the words “patient” or “treatment.” Ms. White, who hears voices in her head, said psychiatric therapy had made her feel “hopeless, because the drugs just made me feel worse.” Credit Sasha Maslov for The New York Times
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If you’re early in your recovery you may be eager to get back to work back to something familiar, an activity you know and can count on. But you may not be so fortunate; perhaps you don’t have a job to fill your days and provide the structure and accountability that’s so important to successful recovery for many. You may also feel that while you’d like to resume working, you’re not ready; it’s not uncommon to feel fragile when your recovery is still new, and your body may still be readjusting to life without substances.
Dr. Rudolph Moos of Stanford University has conducted one of the longest outcome studies on record on the effects of treatment and 12-step group membership in a group of 628 men and women. The group was composed of men and … Continued
Initially, attempt to talk with the addict in person. This approach can be less intimidating for him or her than staging an intervention with several people. Find a time when you can be alone with the addict and will be … Continued
Youth who use alcohol and other drugs persistently face an array of possible consequences, including: School problems. A lowered commitment to education, declining grades, absenteeism from school and related activities, increased potential for dropping out, and higher truancy rates are … Continued