Recovery from substance abuse takes hard work, commitment and determination, but you don’t have to go it alone. There are numerous tools to educate you about your disease, connect you with others who are also in recovery, and help you avoid relapse. Below we’ve explored five tools you can use on your recovery journey.
Smart Recovery is an international addiction recovery support program. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in free, face-to-face meetings and online support groups. The program is based around a four point program and offers tools and techniques at each point.
The four points include:
Building and Maintaining Motivation
Coping with urges
Managing Thoughts,Feelings and Behaviors
Living a Balanced Life
Smart Recovery is a recognized resource for addiction recovery by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Center for Health Care Evaluation, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, US Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith. AA states that its “primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” AA is based around a 12 step program that guides people in their recovery from addictions. AA meetings are held internally and there’s no cost or dues with becoming a member. All they require for membership is a willingness to stop drinking. In addition, the AA website offers numerous downloadable brochures, pamphlets and eBooks addressing different recovery topics.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Their website contains resources for mental health professionals, families, teens and those in recovery.
Below are a few SAMHSA publications that might be helpful for people in recovery.
Educational Comic Book: Co-occurring Disorders – Tells the story of people who are dealing with co-occurring disorders. Presents a hopeful message of recovery for people with a substance use disorder and mental illness, and provides resources for more information.
Recovery Box App is an iPhone app designed to hold those in recovery accountable for their actions. The app tracks and breaks down daily activities and helps you examine why you do things, when you do things, and creates goals to break unhealthy behaviors. This app costs $1.99 and can be used by those recovering from a variety of addictions including drugs, gambling, pornography and alcohol.
Substance abuse recovery is difficult, but there are resources and support out there to help you. I hope you will take the time to explore the suggested resources above and I wish you continued success in your recovery journey.
About the Author:
Joseph Dunn, LADC1 is a Massachusetts Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Level One) with over 18 years of clinical experience in the field of addictions recovery with a degree in Criminal Justice and a Certificate on The Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Treatment Services Program from the University of Massachusetts – Boston. Mr. Dunn also provides group therapy, individual counseling and consultations on substance abuse. In his personal life, he enjoys spending time with family, fishing, ESPN and music therapy.