Staying clean and sober book
ISBN 13: 9781580543910
If you have stopped drinking or quit your addictive behavior and you are serious about staying sober, you will want to do everything possible to avoid having a relapse. It may seem to you that a relapse is the last thing that you would do, but the truth is they are very common for people new to recovery. A relapse begins long before you actually pick up a drink or a drug. It stands to reason that if you quit your drug of choice but continue with your same routine, hanging around the same people and places, and not making any changes in your circumstances, that it will be much easier to slip back into your old behaviors and habits. If you are trying to stay clean for the long haul, it's important that you get away from your old routines, habits, and hangouts. Sometimes it is helpful for people new to recovery just to make changes. It doesn't really matter what changes, just as long as it is different.
Have you or someone close to you struggled with addiction? Since addiction is largely a disease of the brain, the biochemical imbalances associated with addiction create chronic symptoms that often lead to relapse. This means that staying sober can require living with emotional, mental and physical pain-unless proper brain chemistry is restored. The Millers explain how certain amino acids and nutrients, combined with other alternative therapies and education, can result in sustained recovery rates of 80 percent or higher. Merlene and David Miller are a husband and wife team who have worked in the addiction field for 25 years as authors, educators, consultants and treatment professionals.