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RosecranceConsider these situations, given as examples of people in need of support in recovery, published at Elements Behavioral Health

  • Amy, 26, and the mother of two small children, has been in recovery for nearly a year. An alcoholic, she still feels the trigger of Friday night drinking at the bar with her friends. She’s looking for an alternative way to socialize with others that doesn’t involve drinking or drugs.

  • John, 56, just completed his treatment program and is now in recovery. He’s scared he won’t be able to last a few weeks, since his drug cravings are now raging again and the fact that his live-in girlfriend still uses. He’s desperate for help.

  • Bonnie, now in her mid-30s and a former meth abuser, who was also addicted to prescription drugs, doesn’t believe in 12-step meetings. She has a lot of friends who are still using, some of whom have relapsed, and others who attended meetings and they didn’t work. Although she goes to work at her job every day, she’s exhausted all the time from the stress of trying to stay off drugs. She doesn’t know that to do.

  • Warren, late 60s, just got out of jail (a 30-day incarceration). All that time he was clean, and he hopes to be able to stay sober from now on. But he’s worried because he doesn’t have a safe place to stay, someplace where he’s not exposed to drugs and alcohol. He also needs to find a job.

  • Carlos has a mild form of schizophrenia, along with an addiction to heroin. He’s had difficulty in recovery because he’s afraid to discuss things going on with him. He feels that if he does, he’ll be locked up again. He’s very tempted to go back to drugs, even though he wants to stay clean.

  • Janice, a well-put-together 40-something mother of three teenagers, is also a compulsive gambler. Her finances are in ruins because of her addiction and she’s slowly trying to get back on her feet. She suffers incredible guilt because she’s gambled away her children’s college fund and feels the pressure to recoup it quick.

  • Only 18, Kris has completed Wilderness training and treatment for relapse for his addiction to drugs and alcohol. He wants to return home and go to community college, promising to stay away from his drug-using friends. His parents are skeptical and want him to go to school out of state. Kris says he’ll find new friends that are clean and sober and needs help to stick to his plan.

  • Sonya, 32, married for 12 years but no children, loves her husband but still feels drawn to her pattern of having sex with strangers while she’s on the road (she’s a pharmaceutical rep). She attends Sexaholics Anonymous meetings when she can, but the lure of the encounters is too strong. Her husband will divorce her if he finds out she’s cheating again.

    To support people experiencing similar situations and many, many more consider participating in Rosecrance’s “Every Step Counts” 5k. Open to all ages.

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