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CHRISTIAN INTERVENTIONS IN INDIANA

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Pitfalls of Certification / Accreditation of Transitional Housing / Recovery Residences

This year, there is a big movement in Indiana to "accredit" or "certify" halfway houses or recovery houses through an organization known as the Indiana Association of Recovery Residences.  The incentive that's being dangled, like the proverbial carrot before the horse, is money.  Certified facilities are promised that the State of Indiana will pay for everything from housing ("rent") to transportation for clients to drug tests to payments for those of us who work as recovery coaches with our clients.

2 TYPES OF RECOVERY HOUSES FOR MEN IN INDIANAPOLIS

There are two basic types of recovery houses for men in Indianapolis.  There are the three-quarter houses which are designed for men who require little supervision, and where the main requirements are that the men stay sober and that they promise to attend a certain number of recovery meetings. Then there are the Indianapolis halfway houses, with more structure and with a recovery program "built in" to it.  Celebrate Freedom is more of this second group:  We take an active role in our men's recovery, offering relapse prevention classes, Christian-based 12 Step meetings, and one-on-one recovery coaching sessions with the men.

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INDIANAPOLIS REHAB EXCUSE #1

This week, I'm going to start a series on the excuses that people will use for not finding an Indianapolis rehab or Indianapolis recovery house to help them deal with their addictions.  Excuse #1 is this: "I can do it myself."

For many people who suffer from Substance Use Disorder (the preferred term to "addiction"), it's all about willpower.  I can just make myself develop the right habits by having a strong enough mind. "Indianapolis sober living?  If I require that, I must not be man enough.

CHRISTIAN INTERVENTIONS IN INDIANA

During my time as program director for Celebrate Freedom, I've discovered what everyone else in Indiana addiction recovery programs has discovered:  Some guys just don't believe they need help. That's why the whole field of the interventionist has exploded.

However, as a Christian, I don't believe there are many good, faith-based intervention services, especially in Indianapolis.  That's why I'm expanding my services through Indiana Christian Interventions (ICI).

CHRISTIAN ALTERNATIVE TO INDIANAPOLIS AA MEETING

Alcoholics Anonymous (or AA) is the "granddaddy" of all twelve-steps groups.  In fact, they developed the whole twelve-step model.  (If you're not familiar with it, it's the process of going through the steps involved in recovery in an organized, bite-sized way.  You do it one small "step" at a time, until you've completed twelve of them).  Following on the heels of AA came groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and many others.

Drug Counselor or Recovery Coach?

If you came to this blog through Google or Bing, it's likely that you first decided to search for an Indianapolis drug counselor.  Or perhaps you keyed in to the search engine " Indianapolis drug rehab. "  Either way, you might just find that a recovery coach or sober coach is a better fit for your addiction needs.  Here's why.

When you search for an addiction counselor, you're going to get someone whose practice is heavily weighted toward psychotherapy.  This means spending many weeks--and dollars--talking about your past.

WHO NEEDS A SOBER COMPANION?

Although I prefer the term Sober Life Coach, maybe some of you have instead herd of the term "sober companion."  One TV show on A&E in particular follows the lives and adventures of real-life sober companions.

Whether you call them sober coaches or companions, their functions are largely the same:  They help a person who is recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction to make right choices when everything inside them wants to make wrong choices.  A sober companion / coach works with you to develop a written recovery plan, helps you to implement that plan each week and holds you accountable for whether you're following it.

"WHY DO I STILL FEEL URGES?"

A few weeks ago, a recovering alcoholic who stays in the sober house that I manage asked me why he's still feeling urges to drink.....and what he could do to stop those urges.  This guy had been here about a month.  So my answer to him:  There is NOTHING you can do at this point to stop experiencing temptations to drink.  The same holds true for the drug addict who is tempted to use.

The goal when you're in early recovery should never be to stop feeling urges.  That's simply unrealistic.

THE DANGER OF ISOLATION

At Celebrate Freedom, our usual policy is to give our community members a roommate--even if there's room for them to have a room by themselves. Why? Because we believe that it's dangerous for a person in the early stages of recovery to isolate himself.
 
When a person isolates, he is more likely to relapse.  Think how much easier it would be to sneak drugs or alcohol into a room if he doesn't have to worry about a roommate watching him. Also, it's easier to relapse if you don't have to interact.  By constantly being around others in recovery, you're less likely to be tempted into using. After all, the more people you're around, the more likely that you'll be caught!
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