Living with any addiction can be overwhelming, but living with a drug addiction can be incredibly dangerous. It may be surprising to learn that more than 72,000 deaths caused by drug overdoses occurred in 2017 alone. In addition, more people died due to complications involving ongoing drug abuse. Because it can kill, seeking treatment for a drug addiction is imperative. Unfortunately, most addicts are not prepared for the physical and emotional distress involved with being in recovery.
After they complete the drug treatment program at an inpatient treatment center, many recovering addicts walk back into the world and never use again. There are others, however, who may relapse and need to go through treatment several times before finally committing to a sober lifestyle. If you're nearing the end of your treatment program and you're feeling OK but also a little shaky about the idea of staying clean, it's important to proceeding accordingly.
Challenges with your family can often be a good reason to find a therapist in your community and begin to attend sessions. Sometimes, you might feel the need to seek therapy after a major family issue, such as the death of a loved one or even marriage infidelity. However, issues that may not seem as big — but that can still be significant in your life — are also worth getting help with through therapy.
Traditionally if a parent changes their job and the family moves, everyone will have a bit of adjusting time. This means that children may be withdrawn for a little while as they adjust to a new school and new friends. Though it is normal for the entire family to have some difficulties, for many children it can be a little harder than it first seems. For this reason, family therapy is a good measure when moving to an entirely new area.
As with most processes in life, having a goal before you begin can be valuable. Even if you have to adjust the goal or your expectations of the time required to achieve the goal midway through the process, setting an initial goal is always a good idea. If you and your spouse are contemplating marriage counseling, either to work through a challenge or just improve your relationship, it can be worthwhile to talk about the goals that you want to accomplish.