YOU ONLY HAVE TO CHANGE ONE THING…EVERYTHING

YOU ONLY HAVE TO CHANGE ONE THING…EVERYTHING

YOU ONLY HAVE TO CHANGE ONE THING…EVERYTHING

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By Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC AADC

Many individuals who get sober do not fully realize how many aspects of their lives will change or will need to change.  “I just need to stop drinking (or using)” can be a common yet simplistic view many have in early sobriety.  This can lead to becoming overwhelmed once they realize the reality of all that needs to be shifted in their lives.  

Substances serve a distinct purpose for those with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). It can be the glue that holds a person’s life together. The underlying reason for this is that many individuals self-medicate or use substances to self-sooth and to regulate their emotions.  Therefore, when the substances are removed, they are left emotionally raw and lacking coping skills to manage their day to day lives.  

Unfortunately, there is not a roadmap that charts the course for what and when those in sobriety need to make necessary changes.  Early sobriety can be a vulnerable time for relapse when they start to become aware or suffer because they are not able to cope with their current level of distress and/or life stressors. Substance infiltrate every aspect of the lives of a person with SUD that include: emotional, physical, social, academic/vocations, spiritual, environmental, spiritual and more.  The positive changes that individuals in early sobriety make in these life domains may not be well received by loved ones and this can also be challenging to navigate. 

Therefore, having the appropriate level of care and support with experienced providers is fundamental to the recovery process.  The In-Home Addiction Treatment (IHAT) model provides wrap-around services for both the client and their family to guide them through the necessary changes and to help them anticipate future speed bumps.  It can be invaluable to have team members with lived experience with the recovery process who are willing to share relevant aspects of their journey as well.  

Addiction professionals who have worked in the treatment field are aware of how challenging it can be to integrate care for their clients.  The IHAT Institute provides training for healthcare professionals who have interest in this new and innovative model of care in CT, MA, NH, ME, RI, VA, IN and FL. 

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