Addiction Therapy in Maine
If you are looking for a treatment facility in Maine, you may feel overwhelmed by the countless options that are available. With every treatment option claiming to be the best, how can you possibly make sense of it all? If you feel stressed about the many available possibilities, we can help you cut through the clutter. We offer a service that helps you find the right facility, whether you are from Augusta, Bangor, Portland, or surrounding areas. It does not matter what your current situation is, we will help you narrow down your options.
The Fear of Relapse
While a good detoxification process is certainly important, it is perhaps more important to learn the skills needed once a person comes back into "the real world." One of the largest concerns is relapse; why is it that some patients relapse? It may be difficult for an outside observer to understand, but there are many reasons; being aware of them may help prevent problems from occurring.
Especially in early recovery, patients are vulnerable to relapse. Many people can't understand why a person would go through the discomfort of withdrawal, only to head back down the same path. These are just a handful of the common relapse triggers to watch for:
- Socially available – Unless it is made extremely clear to them not to do so, many patients will return to old behavior patterns once they leave a program. This means that they are around places or people that they still associate with past drug use. Especially if these old friends still use drugs or illicit substances and are readily available at a certain location, it can be difficult to avoid using again. Sometimes there are situations, places and friends that someone must sacrifice for the sake of sobriety.
- Being socially isolated – It seems like a catch 22, it is not a good idea to hang around former friends who may still use drugs, but it is just as risky to be socially isolated. Another reason it is a good idea to follow an aftercare program. Many times these provide a support system that gives the patient somewhere to go.
- Substance triggers – Something as simple as sounds, smells, or sighs associated with a narcotic can make the person feel like they want to use again. It is a good idea to remove photos, paraphernalia and any other items that may be related to their previous substance of choice. There are patients who, mistakenly, assume that they can use other substances as long as it is not what they were actually addicted to before. Some patients assume that because they were addicted to alcohol before, it is safe to start using prescription painkillers, for example. The truth is that it is best to abstain completely.
- Stress – Stress remains one of the more common reasons for people to use in the first place and it is one of the common reasons people relapse as well. It does not matter if it is home life, relationships, school, or work that brings on stress. Many times, illicit substances are what the individual would use to escape stress. Precisely why it is important to learn new ways of coping and finding a healthy expression to relieve stress.
- Overconfidence – While an optimistic outlook and self-confidence are tremendous assets to have, overconfidence may have an adverse effect. Some people are so proud of their ability to stay sober for a prolonged period of time that they no longer feel that a relapse prevention plan applies to them. Suddenly their cravings and emotions are not as important anymore because they feel as though they can handle anything.
- Complacency – This is closely related to overconfidence. Especially if things have been going well for some time, many patients in recovery become complacent. They start to assume that the things that have been working for them are not nearly as important anymore. It is imperative to keep the same dedicated commitment that you started with. Complacency also means that some people begin to wonder what would happen if they only had "one drink" or "one hit."
- Boredom – It seems so simple, but boredom can be a major factor in relapse. When looking at someone's life while they are struggling with addiction, we see that the majority of his or her day revolved around drugs. It revolved around buying, using, wondering when they are able to get more and recovering from actual drug use. When you remove that one component, it frees up a lot of time that was spent on other things before, something needs to fill that time. That is precisely why any good treatment program helps a patient plan their day, because the patient will need to learn that there are many other activities to be involved in other than drug use.
- Self-pity – Even though it sounds harsh, this one particular aspect is entirely up to the person in recovery. Many patients believe that recovery is not moving fast enough for their liking, many feel that it is not fair that their friends and family can have a drink or use recreational drugs and they are unable to do so. Many patients start to feel a sense of entitlement, that they should somehow be allowed to use, that their struggle towards sobriety gives them the 'right to do so'. While it does not seem or sound fair, that is the harsh reality of addiction. If the patient accepts that the situation is what it is, it makes for a much easier and faster progression.
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Drug Problems Facing the State
Marijuana, locally grown and imported from Canada, Massachusetts and New York, remains the primary drug of choice being abused, throughout the state. The use and availability of cocaine, heroin and diverted pharmaceuticals continue to increase. Methamphetamine remains a minor concern, but significant potential exists for production and distribution in the state. Interstate 95 provides an important north-south transportation route for traffickers travelling most frequently to sources of drug supply in several northeastern Massachusetts cities. Additionally, the 228 miles of coastline and 3,478 miles of shoreline offer many opportunities for maritime smugglers.
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Important Local Contact Information:
Department of Corrections
Office of Substance Abuse
Local Recovery Centers:
114 Main Street
Windham, ME 04062
25 Middle Street
Portland ME 4101
49 Kamich Drive
Augusta, ME 04330
Serenity House Inc.
30 Mellen Street
Portland, ME 04101
Contact us for alcohol and other drug rehab referral services for Maine. Call 1-800-964-1075.
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