May 2013

It is a known fact that addiction is highly relapse-prone. In fact, sobriety can be described as nothing but 'preventing a relapse'. In some ways, the hardest part of establishing and maintaining long-term recovery comes when the initial, intensive part of treatment has been completed.
The Hope Family Support Program is a strong, effective support system.
We have earlier posted about the impact of addiction on a family; in this post we look at what happens when a loved one finally gets help at a rehab, and what the family can expect.
So what happens when a loved one finally gets help and what can the family expect?

In 1980, when the term “adult child of alcoholic” (ACOA) was coined, ACOAs literally came out of the woodwork, testifying in droves to confusion, resentment and hurt that the child within them still hung onto. They reported feeling, at times, like “children walking around in the bodies of grownups.”
15 Reasons Why Treatment at Hope is a Bargain of a Lifetime! 
(Previously published in The Hindu)
        -Rahul Luther
       - Rajeshwari Luther
Substance abuse is the use of alcohol, a drug or other substance for a non-medical purpose, to produce a mind altering stated in the user. Substance abuse refers to the abuse of alcohol or illegally produced substances, as well as the use of legal medications for a different purpose to the one the medication is meant for. In most cases, the substance in question is used in excessive quantities.
For many people, drinking alcohol is nothing more than a pleasant way to relax. However, some people drink excessively and cause damage not only to themselves, but also those around them. Alcohol problems can become a threat to one's life, but therapies are at hand to help those who suffer from alcohol addiction.
It is normal for family members to believe that they cannot be okay when someone they love is sick or miserable. It is normal for them to think it would be betrayal to be alright in the midst of a beloved's illness or discomfort. However, that is exactly what is called for in the case of familial addiction.
Find out if you're becoming addicted to being needed, and what to do about it.
Dual diagnosis means that an individual has two separate but very interrelated diagnoses: 

All addictions, whether to substances or to behaviors, involve both physical and psychological processes. Each person's experience of addiction is slightly different, but usually involves a cluster of some of the following symptoms of addiction. You can still be addicted even if you do not have all of the symptoms.
One of the great gifts of the addiction recovery movement is the concept of detachment with love. Originally conceived as a way to relate to an alcoholic family member, detachment with love is actually a tool that we can apply with anyone.
Your Encouragement and Support is Important! 
Having a member of your family in rehab like Hope Trust for drugs or alcohol means that you're inevitably facing, and perhaps even struggling with a lot of concerns, questions and maybe some misconceptions about how professional treatment works. The following may answer some of those questions.