Addiction Treatment in Kentucky

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Some estimate that the rate of substance abuse relapse is as high as 40-60%.

(National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Relapse happens and can include a variety of conditions, such as relapse of:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Asthma
  • Substance Use Disorder

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Dangers of Relapse

Relapse is always extremely dangerous. With substance abuse relapse, there is a high number of overdose deaths that occur after sobriety time.  

Substance abuse relapse after sobriety time is linked to overdose deaths in high numbers due to users returning to previous levels of use immediately and the body being unable to process the drugs as it once could.

Levels of overdose from relapse are certainly concerning, but other dangers and life-changing events can occur as well, such as:

  • Job Loss
  • Family Dysfunction
  • Impulse Control Issues (i.e. driving under the influence, poor behavior choices, etc.)
  • Legal Issues (i.e. DUI & loss of license, jail time, felony convictions)
  • Health Issues (i.e. seizures, blood pressure issues, Cirrhosis)
  • Mental Health Issues & Co-Occurring Disorders

Chronic Relapse

In a relapse study shared by the Recovery Research Institute:

The range of relapse attempts reported was 0-100, with 5 being the average.

In addition to this, it found:

A greater number of recovery attempts was related to higher levels of psychological distress.

The term chronic indicates that the disordered behavior is persistent for long periods of time and/or constantly recurring. Chronic relapse is often linked to unresolved trauma.

Clients who attend our program and report chronic relapse as an issue find that by healing and resolving their underlying trauma, their rate of relapse significantly decreases or diminishes altogether. 

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Primary Care vs. Trauma Care

Understanding when primary care is necessary or when trauma care is a better option can be difficult. While there is no “one size fits all” answer, there are some guidelines to follow.

Digging into unresolved trauma can be very difficult and emotional work. Clients attending our program do best when they are clear-minded, healing, and recovery-centered. When actively engaged in primary disordered behavior, it can be difficult to do this deep trauma work.  

Experiencing some sobriety time, having time to stabilize the behavior, and gaining an understanding of recovery is beneficial before attending our addiction treatment center in Kentucky.

If you need more clarification on whether primary care may be helpful before attending The Bridge, or you would like referrals to trauma-informed primary care programs, call us today. We are happy to help.

While we have a page full of information on chronic relapse, here we discuss struggles that come with long-term sobriety. The two are not one in the same, but certainly related.

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What is Long-Term Sobriety?

The 12-step program known as Alcoholics Anonymous is nearing a century in existence, and some records show early treatment programs for substance abuse as early as the 1840s. With the focus shifting from a criminal and deviant element to biological and psychological, sobriety from substance continues to be possible, and with it, so does the hope of long-term sobriety.

Sobriety, by definition, simply indicates the absence of alcohol, drugs, or being under the influence. Most people who identify as having long-term sobriety typically maintain this state of abstinence for several years or more.

Dry Drunk Syndrome

A slang term that originated in 12 Step Program Alcoholics Anonymous, Dry Drunk Syndrome became a widely used term to describe someone who is abstinent from using alcohol or drugs, but the following may be present:

  • Mood Issues
  • Anxiety and/or Depression
  • Sudden Mood Changes
  • Irritability
  • Boredom
  • Behavioral Symptoms
  • Coping with Abstinence with Other Negative Behaviors
  • Acting Out Towards Loved Ones
  • Lying About Behavior
  • Hiding Behavior
  • Not Following or Continuing What Got You Sober
  • Not Setting Up a Support System
  • This list is certainly not comprehensive. Many other behaviors and symptoms can be present.

Dry Drunk Syndrome has always had a negative stigma attached to it, and thus, for our purposes at The Bridge to Recovery, we do not use the term much. 

At The Bridge to Recovery, we prefer to recognize that while abstinence from drugs and alcohol is achievable, often the symptoms of the underlying trauma still present wreak havoc on one’s ability to achieve RECOVERY, healing, and overall emotional wellness.

Sobriety vs. Recovery

  • Sobriety is a state of being.  
  • You either are sober or you are not.
  • Recovery is a journey. A Process. 
  • You are on a journey of wellness.
  • You participate in ongoing work to heal the “whole self.”

When someone is in only long-term sobriety, they often continue to experience the same behaviors and symptoms they did before sobriety, except now that they are trying to tackle them sober. This, of course, is difficult and leads to ongoing struggles with the behaviors we identified above.

Long-term recovery is possible and begins with addressing underlying trauma. Trauma is a big, confusing idea.

When we can uncover, discover, and heal from our trauma, we can enjoy a journey of wellness. We can enjoy all recovery has to offer. The Bridge to Recovery is a place where you can begin that journey.

Our residential treatment program offers hope for those grappling with addiction relapse problems. Our trauma therapy program in Kentucky takes a unique and comprehensive approach, combining the power of group therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and holistic therapy to address the complexities of addiction and promote sustained recovery. Through the synergy of these evidence-based practices, we create a supportive and transformative environment where individuals can explore the roots of their addiction, challenge self-limiting beliefs, and foster holistic well-being. Our commitment to individualized care, coupled with the collective strength of group therapy, empowers participants to navigate the challenges of addiction relapse, offering a path toward lasting recovery and a renewed sense of purpose. Join us at The Bridge to Recovery, where healing is not just a destination but a transformative journey towards a life free from the grips of addiction.