Wednesday WAR Strength & Conditioning
Interesting article, though don't look at it like it's okay to continuously relapse, because when it boils down to it you CAN make the right decision. You have to learn a completely new lifestyle; a lifestyle that allows you to grow in a different direction. From sun up - to sun down, you have to work tirelessly at this new lifestyle, which is what we are promoting through this WAR program; a lifelong lifestyle/program. I've said this before, it's not an easy lifestyle to live by no means, in that it requires sacrifice and dedication, but the rewards are well worth it; because in the end you will find peace through living the WAR lifestyle to the fullest. I'm excited to get back into the classroom and reevaluate my own self, and where I can improve on living the WAR lifestyle.
Relapse: Part of Addiction as a Chronic DiseaseDespite the availability of many forms of effective treatment for addiction, the problem of relapse remains the major challenge to achieving sustained recovery. People trying to recover from drug abuse and addiction are often doing so with altered brains, strong drug-related memories and diminished impulse control. Accompanied by intense drug cravings, these brain changes can leave people vulnerable to relapse even after years of being abstinent. Relapse happens at rates similar to the relapse rates for other well-known chronic medical illnesses like diabetes, hypertension and asthma.How is relapse to drug abuse similar to what happens with other chronic diseases?Just as an asthma attack can be triggered by smoke, or a person with diabetes can have a reaction if they eat too much sugar, a drug addict can be triggered to return to drug abuse.With other chronic diseases, relapse serves as a signal for returning to treatment. The same response is just as necessary with drug addiction.As a chronic, recurring illness, addiction may require repeated treatments until abstinence is achieved. Like other diseases, drug addiction can be effectively treated and managed, leading to a healthy and productive life.To achieve long-term recovery, treatment must address specific, individual patient needs and must take the whole person into account. For it is not enough simply to get a person off drugs; rather, the many changes that have occurred - physical, social, psychological - must also be addressed to help people stay off drugs, for good.