Successful Scientific Sobriety
Even with well meaning, "excellent" traditional treatment - achieving sobriety is not an easy task. With traditional treatment, even for a highly motivated alcoholic/addict, sustained sobriety is difficult to achieve and failure is more common than not. For the unmotivated, it is impossible. If you know you aren’t ready, we welcome you when you are.
Research and experience has provided us with the most successful strategies to achieve sobriety. However, few treatment programs and providers follow the most successful strategies for treatment success. New Resources utilizes cutting edge scientific and medical therapies to support substance abuse recovery treatment. Our treatments work, and are the best practices for recovery. Below is the list we have compiled of best practices for recovery. People who follow these guidelines and strategies almost always succeed.
Successful sobriety strategies/success predictors from the scientific medical literature –
- Length of time in treatment (longer is better: residential treatment for 90 days to 1 year, intensive outpatient treatment for 8 to 12 weeks, supportive outpatient treatment for 6 to 8 weeks, weekly group sessions for 2-3 years, weekly counseling sessions for 1 year, recovery coaching weekly for one year, monthly addiction medicine physician appointment for 6 months to 1 year, 3-7 12 step meetings ongoing. (http://psycnet.apa.org/record/1997-43757-007)
- Having a positive therapeutic bond with counselors. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1360-0443.2004.00935.x/full)
- A sincere belief that it is personally possible to become sober.
- 18 months in a healthy sober living house leads to approximately 87% success rate - as defined as completely abstinent for five years (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2888149/)
- Long term consistent naltrexone implant use for 3-5 years leads to approximately 80% success rate. (Compare to the 6-8% success rate in opiate addicts with conventional therapies.) (https://www.drugabuse.gov/international/abstracts/long-term-management-opiate-dependent-patients-naltrexone)
- Undergoing NAD IV therapy
- NAD Coenzyme therapy in opiate addicts and alcoholics results in patients having 80% fewer cravings. (http://www.springfieldwellnesscenter.com/index.php/cravings-study/)
- NAD Coenzyme therapy reduces Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) which is the lack of normal feeling and motivation caused by the direct brain damage. The length (months to years) and severity of PAWS is proportional to the length and severity of the chemical addiction. (http://www.springfieldwellnesscenter.com/index.php/cravings-study)
- Regular toxicology analysis (drug screens). (https://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/quality-science/2017_4_5_appropriate-use-of-drug-testing-in-clinical-addiction-medicine-document.pdf)
- Reducing Corticotrophin Releasing Factor with the use of medication or supplements after detox, leads to higher abstinence rates and improves quality of life factors. (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1764009?=)
- Take N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) 1200 mg twice a day to lowers craving and/ or use addictive behaviors including: cocaine cravingLaRowe; gambling Grant; marijuana/cannabis craving/useGray
- Use CES (cranial electric stimulation device or Alpha-Stim) machine 20 to 60 minutes daily. (http://www.alpha-stim.com/)
- Aerobic exercise (running on an elliptical or treadmill in the aerobic zone – with physician approval) 30 minutes three times a week, no more than 1 hour four times a week. (https://www.promises.com/articles/alcoholism-treatment/aerobic-exercise-boosts-alcoholism-treatment/)
- High level of integration with solutions based 12 step programs and 12 step fellowships - including :
- rapid completion of the 12 steps
- helping/sponsoring other addicts to complete the steps
- attending solutions based 12 step meetings 3-7 weekly.
- integrating into a 12 step fellowship and making strong ties to the 12 step/recovery community (https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/projectmatch/matchintro.htm)
- Supplement diet with vitamin B-1 and B-6, preferably liposomal versions of these vitamins. (https://www.zobria.com/)
- Supplement diet with 5 mg daily of folic acid or 15 mg of methlyfolate. (http://www.enlyterx.com/)
- Get tested for MTHFR and Dopamine D2 mutations. MTHFR mutation may call for prescription methyllfolate. Dopamine D2 mutation patients often respond well to the medicines: Wellbutrin, Strattera, or EMSAM. Amino Acid therapy may be of benefit. (https://www.hindawi.com/archive/2014/310241/)
Successful sobriety strategies from practical experience –
- Positive, healthy social interaction with sober people who are interested and supportive of your sobriety and personal growth.
- Rigorous honesty with yourself about your emotions and motives.
- Accountability to trusted persons (sponsors, 12 step home groups, counselors or clergy).
- Humility (learning how to identify and lessen ego influences).
- For most, a daily relationship with their Higher Power.
- Learning basic sobriety skills.
- Learning how to identify and counter addiction and pre-relapse thinking.
- Commitment to rebuilding relationships.
- Family involvement in therapy or Al-Anon
- Work with professional or sponsor to remove emotional pain.
- Accepting or embracing "things we cannot change" or learning to keep a positive perspective.
- Reducing or removing feelings of shame of what was done by the addict and/or to the addict during the using years.