I speak to many people who are convinced that overcoming an addiction to drugs and alcohol is as simple as stopping using or drinking. If only it were that simple. Most people accessing addiction treatment and rehab fail to see that they stop drinking and drugging all the time. They can stop but they cant stay stopped. The real problem is after a period of sobriety they pick up again, very quickly ending up right back where they were.
People are baffled by this, the explanation is simple. Science and medicine tells us that when the addictive cycle is triggered the logical part of a persons brain is hijacked by the addiction.
Recovery from addiction requires psychological and emotional change.
It is clear that change can be difficult.
If it was easy many people would have stopped or cut down using and drinking a long time ago.
It is important to recognise that the process of change requires action. Surrounding yourself with people who are supportive of your objective is a great idea. Without supportive people around you, positive change is even more difficult.
Often, I say recovery from addiction is possible, action however is required to initiate and sustain change. Lots of things have to change to sustain recovery but slow and steady wins the race.
Sadly, sustainable recovery from addiction isn’t for those that want it and it's not for those that need it. Sustainable recovery is achieved by the people that do it. Without action, change is impossible.
Introducing change often brings fear:
Fear of the unknown
Fear of failure
Fear of success etc.
I always admire people who have the courage to ask for help.
I know a little bit about how hard it is to pick up the Phone.
It's not easy to talk to someone about the things in your life that aren't going so well.
It's important that the person that you speak to has an understanding of what it is that you're experiencing.
I report to a board of governance who collectively understand then addiction is a treatable condition that and sustainable recovery is possible.
For the last 14 years I've been working in senior roles in some of Victoria's leading private and not for profit addiction treatment clinics and recovery support services.
Over that time, it's fair to say I've literally helped hundreds of people to turn their lives around which is something I'm extremely proud of.
The achievement i am proudest of in my life however is a personal one.
I too am a man in recovery from addiction. That lived experience combined with my professional training and qualifications goes to the core of who we are at Addiction Solutions and most importantly how we operate.
That lived experience allows me to very quickly develop a genuine emphatic relationship with the person seeking positive change or recovery.
I have observed that many people seeking assistance with their challenges with drug and alcohol a struggling with a lack of hoping their life.
I have learned that hope is a transferable commodity.
I have a lot of hope to share.
The ASV rehab at home rehabilitation program runs over 4 weeks and is delivered in the persons home where they feel safe and their privacy is protected.
We have found it to be an incredibly effective way of delivering an evidence-based treatment process to the individual experiencing it challenges with their addiction and we also provide practical and emotional support to the family.
We've been operating since 2015 and over that time we've helped many people achieve significant change.
We're very proud of our success and we are positioning ourselves in 2020 to really establish ourselves as an important player in the Victorian drug and alcohol space.
"The ASV Rehab at Home program provides evidenced based drug treatment and alcohol rehab options across Melbourne, Victoria. Developed to meet an identified need within the Victorian community, our support programs provide any person, including the families of addicts, with genuine opportunities at positive change (recovery)." - Jase Bowman - ASV CEO - Drug Rehabilitation Center - Melbourne.