Entering Rehab the Right Way

If you want to join a rehab program, you need to have a lot of strength. You have to have the will to be able to say no to whatever has brought your addiction, and try to re-think the way you feel about drugs or any other substances that are tempting for you. Changing your frame of mind is important; you have to think about drugs as the enemy. You probably think differently right now, drugs are very reliable and good; they have brought you peace when you were in distress and so on, but most importantly you have to realize that drugs have brought you the addiction, and they are false friends, so they cannot possibly help you in the future.

Make a list with all the nice feelings that these addictive substances bring you, and on the other hand, make a list of all the negative things that this addiction has brought into your life. Remember that drugs bring certain calmness for a while, but after some time, they start getting you more annoyed and stressed than before taking them. Think about all the details. Don’t forget anything; make sure you write all the plusses and the minuses. After having done that, just draw the line; at the end of the day you will see that there are more negative things that the addiction has brought in your life. So the question is: do you want to make some space and get a brand new life? Do you want to get rid of addiction and live your life?

I suppose that the answer is yes. So what you need to do is to redefine your goals and think about the rest of your addiction free life. Choose a rehab method that suits you. You can get treatment inside a clinic and stay there until you get well, or get treatment at home. You can join support groups and talk to other people that confront the same problems as you. This will help you a lot, as you will see that other people can beat addiction and you will realize that so can you. Last but not least, you will talk to a rehab doctor who will analyze your case and indicate exactly what you need to do in order to start a new life.

Lessons That One Learns at Drug Rehab Center

Like any other places of the world, drug addiction is a huge problem in the state of Minnesota. But out of all kinds of addictions the most vicious one is the addiction of drugs. The rising number of drug addicts in the state had also resulted in an increase in the number of Drug Rehab Center in Minnesota. Drugs addiction is one of the most harmful of all the addictions that people have. It not only ruins the present as well as the future of the person. Apart from this, it also ruins up the life of the people who are attached to that addict. People like spouse, children, parents, brothers, sister, etc are generally get affected by their addiction. Thus, it becomes really important to treat the addicts.

The best way to treat the drugs addicts is to enroll the drugs addicts in the drug rehab center. Normally, people has misconception that getting in to drug rehabilitation center will just help the drug addicts to come out of the problem of drug addiction. A Drug Rehab is the place where drugs addicts can get away from the problem of the addiction in such a systematic way that there are rare chances of going back to drugs again. But, apart from the treatment of drugs, there are other things in which these centers can help you out. They teach many lessons of life which can help people after the drug rehabilitation programs. Some of the important lessons that one can learn at drug rehab centers are mentioned below.

1. Apart from the drug treatment, these centers help to give a new outlook of life after coming from the addiction center. People who are addicted to drugs have a different and negative viewpoint to the world. This is one of the main reasons that take them into the world of addiction. There are lots of psychological therapies that are conducted by these rehab center which helps them in coming out from the shells of addiction. They try to build optimistic attitude in their thinking which helps the addicts to start a new life after coming from the rehab center.

2. In addition to the change in the attitude of the addiction, people at drug rehabilitation center also change their way of living. In these rehab centers the addicts have to perform exercises, yoga and meditation on regular basis. Regular yoga and meditation keeps them away from the disease and addiction in future. This all helps them to live a proper life now.

All these above lessons make the addicts understand that life is precious and it should not be wasted away as it worth living.

Life After Amputation

I’ve always been a fairly active person, working, taking care of my home and grandsons. Then, in November of 2008, my life was turned upside down when a motorcycling accident landed me in Shock Trauma for 28 days. From there I spent another 2 weeks a rehab hospital.

While in Shock Trauma, my lower left leg was amputated. I was kept in a medically induced coma for the first 3 weeks. When I was finally brought out of the coma, I discovered the amputation. I had suffered a severe injury to my ankle, and infection set in. Amputating my leg was the only way to save my life.

I found out that the stump, even after it was well healed, was a very tender spot. Getting used to the “pins and needles” sensations took a while. That was the EASY part; finding out my leg was gone.

Luckily, my husband was home sick the night of the accident. I say luckily, because he wasn’t hurt or injured, and was able to help me when I was released from the hospitals. I had rode with a friend as a passenger. I rode my own bike, but mine wasn’t running that night. I didn’t think I’d ever ride again. I didn’t know IF I even wanted to get back on a motorcycle!

While on crutches, I learned how to watch a 11 month old, who was still crawling, and a 3 yr old. I was the only babysitter my daughter had. Thanks to the very mature 3 yr old, and the baby gates, I was able to keep up with them. Cooking and cleaning were other things I had to learn how to do on crutches. Even with learning all this, I was determined that I would not be “handicapped’ by this.

I had months of physical therapy before I even got my prosthetic leg. Now the WORK began. Once I had my leg, it was another couple of months of therapy learning how to ‘walk’ again. We don’t realize there is a certain way we are supposed to walk. When we have both legs, it just comes naturally.

What I had to learn was what I’d always taken for granted…putting one foot in front of the other, right? Wrong! True, we put one foot in front of the other, but it’s HOW we place that foot. I had to learn that when we walk, we put the heel down first, with knee straight out in front of us. Then we smoothly follow that with ‘rolling’ to the ball of the foot as we bend the knee, and follow through, bringing the other leg up and in front. First I started ‘walking’ while using both crutches, then as I got better, down to one crutch, and finally walking with just a cane.

Another thing that we don’t realize, is that we have ‘sensors’ in our ankle and foot that tells our brain just where that foot is. When you ankle and foot are gone, so are the ‘sensors’. As a BKA, I have gotten my left foot (the prosthetic) caught in toys, rugs, etc.. You go to take a step and don’t realize you didn’t lift that foot up enough. Whew, so much to re-learn!

Now that I am back to actually walking, it is a whole lot easier doing the housework, and cooking. I even take and/or pick up the oldest grandson (now 4 yrs. old) from Pre-K;, taking the baby (now 2 yrs old. [& WALKING] ), with out any help. Before, while still on crutches, I needed help to get the youngest out to my SUV. Now, my family treats me just as if I had both legs. By that, I mean that they no longer are rushing to cook for me or to carry my plate and drink to the table for meals. The only thing I don’t do is the laundry. I just started going down the basement steps. There is no railing, and the steps are a little steep and narrow. I still need to hold onto the rail or wall or have my cane nearby if I’m going to do steps. One day I’ll be able to get up & down as easily as I did before the accident.

It feels so good to be able to do all the things I did before the accident! Yes, I’ve even rode on a motorcycle again, as a passenger. It was both great but scary too, at first. I can’t wait to try to actually drive one again. My bike is old and I’m leery of riding it, due to the way it runs. I don’t know if I’ll be able to shift the gears with the prosthetic foot or if I’ll have to have a bike modified. I keep telling myself it’s just like learning to ride a bicycle or a horse; if you fall off, get up and get back on it. I WILL ride again.

All I can say; is what a difference a year makes! Wow, when I look back to where I was a year ago, to where I’m at now, it’s mind boggling. I’m now doing all the things I’ve done before, except actually working outside of the home, and that’s only because I’m taking care of my grandsons while my daughter works. I’m fortunate that I can do this.

Life is NOT over because you lose a part of your body. You just have to persevere and maybe find new ways to do the things you once did, but YOU CAN DO IT. Having and maintaining a positive attitude is just as important as not thinking of yourself as ‘handicapped’, and Believing in yourself to be able to do most, if not all of what you want to accomplish. Life goes on and so must we.