What is an Aftercare Plan in Addiction Recovery?

What Is an Aftercare Plan in Addiction Recovery?

Getting sober is hard work. However, getting sober is just the beginning. You need an aftercare plan that will support your life in long-term recovery. Prior to getting sober your decisions were likely all focused on getting and using drugs and alcohol. After you get sober, you will find that you may have a lot of life decisions to make. It’s essential to know that your choices are votes for or against your recovery and overall health. Having an aftercare plan in place can help you to make those decisions and reduce your stress.  At  The Nook, we understand the importance of an aftercare plan and we would like to be a part of yours.  

What Is an Aftercare Plan in Addiction Recovery?

If you were planning a trip, you would likely figure out where you would go, what sights you would want to see, where you would eat, and where you would sleep. You can think of an aftercare plan as your itinerary for recovery. With the goal of long-term sobriety in mind, you will make decisions about how to structure your life after treatment. Getting and staying sober requires a great many changes.  You may find that you need to change where you work, where you live, and with whom you spend your time. An aftercare plan is something you create while you are in treatment and then refer back to it as you make your way in recovery. Your treatment team can use their expertise to make suggestions and guide you in identifying the resources you need to be successfully sober. An aftercare plan is a blueprint for your sober life. No one should leave rehab or addiction treatment without an aftercare plan.

Why It’s Important to Keep Up With Your Aftercare Plan

While sometimes it is fun to go exploring on a trip without a map, you’ll want to have an aftercare plan to guide you in your sobriety. Many researchers have found that relapse rates after completing treatment can be as high as fifty percent. Most studies have shown that it is the absence of a relapse prevention plan that leads to such a high rate of relapse. It is this high rate of relapse that makes an aftercare plan so vital to your recovery success. Many find it helpful to transition from the higher intensities of treatment to lower intensities of treatment. Your plan might begin with inpatient treatment and then be followed by outpatient counseling and attendance at peer support recovery groups. Likewise, you might find it helpful to reside in a sober living facility and plan other activities that will help support your sobriety. Your aftercare plan will be specific to you and your sobriety. The key is to have a plan and use it.

Why You Should Go to The Nook Sober Living

The early days of sobriety can be challenging, and you may be wondering if you can stay sober. Sober living homes are the bridge between early and long-term sobriety. Depending on your current circumstances, you may want a location close to those you know, or you may want to start over in a new place. Once you’ve selected an area, you’ll want to look for a sober house that will best support you.  Sober living homes located in Los Angeles are located centrally to allow for outings to the beach, the golf course, the mountains, and explore Los Angeles.  At The Nook, we focus on lifelong recovery. We offer our clients support to live a life that allows for maintaining employment, educational, and familial commitments. Contact us today to see how we can help your life in recovery. 

Is Binge Drinking in College Normal?

is binge drinking in college normal

For years, binge drinking in college was normalized as a rite of passage. We’ve all seen the movies that romanticize attending parties and drinking in college. Young adults finally free from their parents’ watching eyes, experimenting with all that life has to offer, especially alcohol.  However, binge drinking in college students has graduated from a rite of passage to a public health problem. In one national survey, almost 55 percent of college students drank alcohol in the previous month, with more than one third admitting to binge drinking in that same time period.  Binge drinking in college students increases the risks for blackouts, alcohol poisoning, sexual assaults, sexually transmitted diseases, poor academic performance, and development of alcohol use disorder. 

Binge Drinking Defined

Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that elevates the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g.dL; this typically occurs after four drinks for women and five drinks for men within about 2 hours.  What’s important to note here is how we define a drink.  A standard serving of alcohol contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol and is either:

  • 12 ounces of regular beer
  • 8-9 ounces of malt liquor
  • 5 ounces of wine, OR
  • 1.5 ounces shot of distilled spirits such as rum, vodka, tequila, whiskey, etc. 

If you take a look at glasses, you’ll quickly see how today’s wine, beer, and drink glasses are not made with those standard drink sizes in mind. Today’s wine glasses hold 20 ounces, which translates to 75% of a 750-milliliter wine bottle or four standard servings of alcohol. Many beer glasses hold 20 ounces or more of beer, which translates to 1.75 standard servings of beer.  Mixed drinks are even murkier territory; a standard margarita contains 2 ounces of distilled liquor while a long island iced tea contains 5 ounces of distilled liquor.  It’s easy to see how quickly binge drinking can occur when we look at how drinks are served. 

When Binge Drinking Turns Into Addiction

While binge drinking is of concern and can have serious consequences, not all binge drinkers suffer from addiction. What can be difficult for many to understand is that the transition from binge drinker to addict or alcoholic is filled with shades of grey.  There is often not a particular moment in time that can be identified as the moment an individual went from being a binge drinker to a person with alcohol use disorder (AUD). However, the regularity and frequency of binge drinking may point to more of a problem.  

In 2017, nearly ten percent of college students admitted to heavy alcohol use within the previous month.  Risk factors for developing AUD include age at which drinking begins, genetic make-up, and individual life experiences.  Community attitudes around drinking and the normalization of binge drinking can also lead to the development of AUD. 

Binge drinking does involve a pattern and it seems that when the pattern continues into heavy drinking regardless of the consequences, the individual is crossing over into the AUD territory.  In 2017, nearly ten percent of college students admitted to heavy alcohol use within the previous month. Additionally, regular alcohol use in college may open the door to the use of drugs and a possible drug addiction.  If the use of alcohol and drugs continues regularly regardless of academic, physical and social consequences, the time may have arrived to seek treatment. 

Live Sober at The Nook

At The Nook, we focus on lifelong recovery. We offer our clients support to be able to live a life that allows for the maintenance of employment, educational and familial commitments. Contact us today to see how we can support your life in recovery.

Substance Abuse and its Effects on Academic Progress

Substance Abuse and its effects on Academic Progress

 

Adequate academic progress is a necessity for many students to maintain financial aid and scholarships. Substance Abuse and its effects on Academic Progress can be tragic for students that rely on financial aid or scholarships.  The pressure to maintain satisfactory grades can be extremely overwhelming and burdening.

There are many factors that cast a student as a successful student. These factors include a minimum grade point average, (which varies per university and program) and completing a certain amount of courses.

Many students rely on drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with academic stress. Infact, about 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder. Although many students turn to drugs and alcohol, addiction and substance abuse can quickly derail any sort of academic progress.

Sadly, many students struggling with addiction and Substance Abuse and its effects on Academic Progress causes students to suffer silently and do not seek help for fear that their academics will deteriorate even more. Many students fear that if they go into treatment, their scholarships or financial aid will be taken away. However, addiction and substance abuse can have far worse consequences.

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.

Fortunately, many treatment programs work with students to help them not only recover but also reach their academic goals. Many treatment programs and sober livings value education as part of the recovery process. So, if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance abuse while attending school, please know that recovery and academic success can happen simultaneously! One should never have to choose between school and well being.

Contact Us at The Nook Sober Living and one of our staff members will explain to you how our program has been designed to be perfectly compatible with college students who are getting sober.

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Getting ready for college sober? What to expect

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So you have graduated high school and you’re getting ready for the next chapter. College. Sober. What kind of things should you be expecting and how can you best prepare for the semester ahead? For a lot of people, the full college experience involves drinking. This could possibly be very overwhelming seeing that you have chosen a clean, sober and healthy lifestyle but if you are prepared, you will increase your chances of success both academically and with maintaining your sobriety.

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Getting ready for college sober? What to expect

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 36.9 % of college students reported binge drinking in the last month and 9.6 % of students reported heavy alcohol use in the past month. The study goes on to say that each year 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes and 97,000 students between the ages of 18-24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. The National Institute of Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism also reports that roughly 25% of college students report alcohol negatively impacting their academic performance. While these numbers are alarming they should help reinforce your decision to stay sober.
I think that the first step is that when you are signing up for classes you should ask your counselor what services they provide on campus for people who are in recovery. This may include AA meetings that are held both on and off campus. There are meeting guides online that will help you find meetings in your area. Another option is to find out if they have sober living accommodations on campus. Seeking out sober living arrangements would be ideal for someone who is trying to maintain their sobriety due to alcohol abuse being prevalent in a lot of college dorms. There is also the option to live off campus with sober roommates.
If you don’t attend AA you can always look into SMART recovery to see if they have any meetings on campus or in your area. There should also be directories for other 12 step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous. Whichever program that you choose it is important that you find out which one works for you and do it.
Another way to maintain sobriety in college will be seeking out healthy activities. Along with working the recovery program of your choice finding healthy things to do while you are in school will help you immensely. This may include going to the gym and activities outside such as playing basketball, running and hiking. Staying busy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will be a very important part of staying sober in college. Another way to stay healthy is to maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water.
One of the more challenging aspects of staying sober in college would be socializing. Ideally you will meet other sober people on campus who you can do things with. Maybe you’ll want to go to the occasional party? Having a sober friend to attend events like this will be very beneficial as you can hold each other accountable and not feel like you’re the only person at the party who is not drinking. You might even volunteer yourself to be a designated driver to make sure that your friends who are drinking get home safe.
At first glance some of these things might seem overwhelming. Just remember that the more prepared you are, the better chance you have of holding on to your sobriety. You’ve worked hard to get sober and you will have to do all that you can to hold onto it through college and beyond.
If you are going to be attending college in the Los Angeles area and need some added support to help sustain your sobriety, please check out The Nook Sober Living. Our house is located near the campuses of Loyola Marymount, USC, UCLA, Otis College of Art and Design and Santa Monica City College. We would love to help and provide with you with a safe and sober living environment while you’re attending school! Please visit us at www.thenooksoberliving.com for more details.

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