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Public Awareness Session on Disease of Addiction

As a part of raising public awareness for on the disease of addiction, we were invited to give a talk at the Bits - Pilani, Hyderabad Campus.

Panel Discussion at Sultan-ul-Uloom College

As a part of our outreach program we were invited to a panel discussion on the subject "Empowering the Students." The event was attended by Mrs. Geeta and Mr. Nagadurga Srinivas who served as a panelist in the discussion.

Sober 2019 — Being sober & avoiding relapse this New Year

For somebody who has recently quit drinking or stopped taking drugs and is serious about his/her goal of being sober in the long term it can take a lot of effort and will-power to avoid having a relapse. The truth is that most people who find long-term sobriety have had at least one or more relapse(s) along the way.

An impending relapse has a lot of tell-tale signs that show up long before it actually happens. Being able to recognise the warning signs and addressing them is the key to long-term sobriety.

A relapse is imminent if you quit alcohol and drugs but continue with the same routine and hang out with the same people and places and make no changes to your circumstances.

However, by making small but significant changes in your lifestyle listed below you can develop a healthy lifestyle and stay sober long term.

1. Develop a routine — Experts believe that having a disorganised or “chaotic” lifestyle is one of the major hinderances that affects long term sobriety. It helps to have a structured schedule during the week or in the day and sticking to it. This not only helps with addiction but also the other goals in your life.

Also important is developing other long time goals apart from being sober. Being sober is a key goal, but other personal goals that relate to education or career helps maintain sobriety in the long run.

2. Make positive changes — While trying to stay sober in the long run, it’s best to avoid old routines, habits, people and places. Making changes, however small can help people who have just begin their journey of recovery.

3. Exercise regularly — If you’ve gone through an addiction for a long period of time, there’s a good chance your health was affected and you are not in the best physical shape. Exercise can have major impact on your health and recovery. It can help reduce stress and boredom which could be triggers for relapse. Exercise leads to better nutrition and can help reduce withdrawal symptoms.

4. Find a Job — Financial problems are one of the major triggers for a relapse and most people who are recovering have had issues meeting work-related commitments and managing their finances. Finding a job or going back to work can be a trigger so use all the support available to help with the transition.

It is important to take small but decisive steps to improve your finances by crating a budget, saving money and repairing credit.

5. Maintain healthy relationships — To avoid a relapse it is best to avoid your drinking buddies and friends or family that have enabled your behaviour without even knowing it. Sometimes it’s the people who are the closest to you that contribute to a relapse.

Start by avoiding relationships in your past that were unhealthy and toxic. Go out, meet new people, make new friends and build new relationships that are healthy and sustainable without alcohol or drugs.

6. Avoid Tense Moments — Most people who have gone through an addiction have had issues controlling their temper. Having a temper and being angry is natural and normal but managing and expressing anger is something that a lot of recovering addicts have difficulties with.

It’s important to learn about their anger and how to manage it. Learning how to deal with anger can help avoid you hurting others and yourself which it turn can lead to a relapse.

7. Deal with Mistakes made in the past — Many people who are on the road to recovery develop strong feelings of anger, resentment and regret. As we start seeing things clearly, we start feeling an enormous sense of regret over the things we have done doing our addiction. The guilt and shame could become toxic and cause a relapse if not properly dealt with.

Forgive yourself and take necessary steps to clean up your life and living it responsibly will help avoid a relapse and help in being sober.

If you still need help in staying sober call us at +91 77999 19293.

Avoiding relapse during the Christmas and New Year

Christmas and the approaching New Year can be a joyous time that includes a lot of parties with friends and family. However, for those in recovery it is a challenging and stressful time as these festivities are usually associated with alcohol and drugs. For those recovering from addiction please find below a couple of important to-do(s) to stay sober:

1. Plan ahead — During the holidays it’s best to plan ahead everyday to avoid a relapse. Planning can involve figuring out the agenda for the day and specifically on how to stay sober during social gatherings and other events that might involve alcohol or drugs during the day. While attending events that might involve a copious flow of alcohol or drugs it is best to reach early and leave early. Drive to the event to be able to leave when you are either done or feel that you might indulge in a drink. Stay focussed on the goal of avoiding a relapse.

2. No means NO! — It’s not uncommon for friends and co-workers to cajole you into having a pint of beer or inhaling some drugs while in the festive mood. During such circumstances, let them know that you are sober and be firm while saying no.

3. Stay healthy & avoid stress — Avoid exertion by avoiding staying up late and make sure you stick to your routine of regular healthy meal & water intake, exercise, meditation and a good night’s sleep. Taking caring of your mental and physical well being can ward off the triggers that are most commonly associated with relapse — hungry, angry, lonely or tired which correspond to the acronym HALT.

4. Keep good company — Look for friends that are either uninterested in alcohol or drugs or are sober these holidays and have them keep you company. When you are hanging out with friends that are not drinking or getting high, you are less likely to do it yourself. You could also be a designated driver and/or a support for your friends that want you to make sure they either don’t drink or drink excessively . In such a scenario your friends are likely to keep you from drinking because it’s in their best interest.

5. Bring your own drink — You can avoid the temptation to drink by taking your own favourite non-alcohol beverage to a party or get-together. This reduces the chances of being offered alcoholic beverages that could trigger a relapse. Just remember to take enough for yourself, the host and your friends.

6. Enjoy yourself — Make sure to not isolate yourself during the holidays. While it’s perfectly fine to get overwhelmed with the thought of relapsing at any of the parties or get-togethers, pick and choose events with friends and family that you are most likely to have a good time at without drinking or getting high. Being isolated or feeling lonely can also lead to seeking solace in alcohol or drugs. So, make the most out of your holidays — meet new people, make new friends and acquaintances, reconnect with friends and family and have a good time overall.

If you need support in avoiding a relapse these holidays call us at +91 77999 19293.

Phoenix Rehab — An Introduction

When the world comes crashing down and we come crashing down along with it, we get a chance that others usually don’t — the ability to rise. Because we can truly rise only if we’ve fallen and we can only be reborn if we’ve known what it feels like to die inside. This is the story of Phoenix — it symbolises resilience and the ability to overcome all odds and rise above the ashes.

Most people addicted to Alcohol and Substances go through life systematically destroying all aspects of it until they arrive at “rock bottom”. At this stage everything seems hopeless for the Addict and his/her family. This is where Phoenix comes in — where a path to recovery is provided. They are given ways by which they can rebuild their lives and that of their families like a Phoenix — Rising out of the Ashes.

With this in mind, Phoenix Rehab Services (formerly known as Phoenix Foundation) was started — to provide the means for someone addicted to alcohol and substances to overcome their seemingly unsurmountable obstacles and rebuild their lives. Phoenix was established 8 years ago at AS Rao Nagar, Secunderabad. It has over the years become a Reputed Rehabilitation Centre for Substance Abuse and Behavioural Therapy with a well-qualified and dedicated team of professionals. The recovery program at Phoenix was designed under the auspices of the 12 step program approved by the World Health Organisation for Addiction Treatment. Phoenix is known for its ethical program and clients are dealt with compassion, love, and empathy and the best in medical and psychological treatment are provided.

Phoenix’s mission is to rebuild lives, restore families and improve communities. This is accomplished by providing quality, personalised, comprehensive and affordable treatment for those experiencing problems with alcohol, drugs and associated mental illnesses.

The founder of Phoenix Mahesh Kotagiri, himself a recovering alcoholic had a vision to start a treatment centre for alcohol and drug dependence and be the recognised leader in the provision of high quality, innovative harm reduction and supportive strategies for individuals living with the devastating effects of drug addiction and out of this vision Phoenix was born. Mr. Mahesh has given up other avocations and completely dedicated himself to the cause of betterment of the lives of addicts/alcoholics and their families. His approach to treatment is based on the following values :

Integrity — Responsibility for ensuring the highest standards of professional conduct with each client.Diversity — Celebrating the unique differences of all individuals and recognise their unwavering right to respect, dignity, fairness and equality.

Innovation & Excellence — Continuous improvement by seizing opportunities to exceed expectations and achieve innovative outcomes.

Partnership and Teamwork — Building and sustaining effective and harmonious relationships and connections with others in order to achieve mutually beneficial objectives.

Life-long Learning — Change is viewed as an exciting opportunity and opportunities are embraced to acquire new knowledge and learn new skills.

Client-centered — Committed to providing accessible and relevant service to clients in the communities where they live.

Ethical Treatment — Equitable, fair, and just dealing with people that, although pragmatically flexible according to the situation and times, conforms to self-imposed high standards of conduct.

Phoenix has now shifted to Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad to a new facility while their commitment to serve the alcoholic or addict remains unchanged.