After successfully placing a newly recovering person suffering from addiction in a treatment facility after an intervention, your work with Suntra may not be over. To a certain extent, the hard work is still to come. The intervention is just the beginning.Continue reading
Trauma from The Closet: The Formative Years
To cope, I developed a false persona. It wasn’t intentional, it wasn’t fully conscious, but for ten years I lived a painful, false existence. Every morning when I woke up, I woke up in extreme fear of being found out for who I really was. So I quickly put on a mask and lived as my false self.Continue reading
The Early Treatment Discomfort: It Will Change
After admission to a treatment facility, families can expect “the call” from their loved one asking them to leave treatment.Continue reading
The First Meeting is the Most Important
I have two sobriety dates that are meaningful to me: the date that I attended my first 12 Step meeting, and the date that I finally committed to living a life of abstinence—a date so important to me that I had it tattooed on the back of my arm.Continue reading
Don’t Say These Things During an Intervention
the family lose all control if two people enter attack mode. It can be frustrating, certainly, for loved ones to hear that an intervention is not actually the right place to give their family member a piece of their mind—to let them know how much they’ve hurt the family as a result of their addiction—but that doesn’t mean that there will never be a time.Continue reading
Coaching for Airline Pilots
When I was struggling, I decided to go it alone—and it was a much harder way to go. Today, I’m here to listen to pilots and help them figure out what is right for them. Despite the restrictions of the system, I advocate for pilots to get help, ask questions, and seek answers.Continue reading
Intervention: Creating a Plan with the Family
Before an intervention, we spend a lot of time with the family discussing plans, including contingency plans. Usually the simple act of putting a plan into place will offer the family a lot of relief.Continue reading
An Interventionist: Five Reasons to Use One
lcohol. I like to think of coaching as a way to bring recovery into “real life.” Treatment centers and therapy can also be very useful, but recovery coaching is unique in that it focuses on on-the-ground problem solving for the day-to-day.Continue reading
Close to Relapse: As Prescribed by a Doctor
My injuries were so severe that my doctor put me on an opiate painkiller, which I didn’t know much about at the time. Nor did the general population: it was just before the opiate crisis became a national news story.Continue reading
Personalized Recovery Solutions for People with Substance Use Disorders
Suntra creates recovery plans that work for the individual as well as the family, offering the highest level of discretion, privacy, and convenience.Continue reading
12-Steps: From Imperfection to Perfection
I don’t know how I got to 12 years, but I do know that I stuck out going to recovery meetings; I have few that I regularly attend, week after week, year after year. My friends are in these meetings. I recognize just about everyone in attendance, and I look forward to going and catching up with them weekly.Continue reading
Aftercare: Reintegrating the Family
Returning home, after treatment, is where the rubber meets the road in recovery. Most treatment facilities have family programs where clinicians begin working with the family as soon as the patient checks in. This can be key to long-term success, for both the patient and the family.Continue reading
All I Want Is For Them to Stop Drinking
Families often want a lot more than for someone to “just stop using.” New lives take time to build. There will be ups and downs along the way, the family will need to learn to support someone in the process of changing, and the individual will need a lot of support as they take slow steps to build a new way of living.Continue reading
Rehab and Home Detox
At Suntra we focus on working with individuals that can’t easily find addiction treatment though the traditional channel of attending a 30 day in-patient treatment program.Continue reading
After Treatment: Walking Back Into Real Life
For someone to successfully recover, work needs to be done in his or her daily living situations. This takes time. There is a saying that anyone can stay sober in a treatment facility. Additional time and energy must be spend on recovery on return home.Continue reading
Inpatient Treatment: Common Concerns
I can’t go to rehab because…
I work with many people struggling from addiction. Some people need to kick start their recovery and going the in-patient treatment route is often the best option. However, it often comes with common concerns. In-patient treatment or rehabilitation offers a month away to detoxify in a safe environment.
While a 30-day program is often the recommended choice, it is also a very difficult decision to make. Jumping out of life for 30 days is not easy, but the benefits of a strong foundation for recovery that can change behavior for a lifetime is often worth the trade off.
“I don’t have time to go to rehab, I have to work”
Time away is a very real concern. Entering an inpatient rehabilitation program is essentially pausing a month (or more) of one’s life. One might be resistant to the idea of having to be away from work or their families, however addiction takes steals time from families and from work.
People often lose several hours in a day, if not entire days, when under the influence. Once in recovery people find that they have much more time to dedicate to passions, family, and work. Taking 30 days away might give someone 5 extra hours a day – for the rest of his or her lives.
“I can’t afford to go to rehab”
Treatment is expensive. There are many rehabilitation centers that are cash based or not covered by one’s insurance. However, there are many good programs that are covered by insurance.
In order for a treatment plan to be successful it must be affordable, and luckily there are several low cost or in-network facilities. A good first step when considering an inpatient program is to determine what one’s insurance benefits are, and contact a local rehab program that is covered.
It’s important to note that, in the long run, addiction costs more than treatment does. It is common to see people spending hundreds of dollars a day to keep up with their addiction. By multiplying the direct costs of one’s addiction by the number of days in a year can help put the expense of treatment into perspective. The costs aren’t just financial. One may miss opportunities at work, destroy relationships with loved ones, or experience legal troubles due to their addiction.
The Four Horsemen of Addiction: Shame, Fear, Pride, Embarrassment
When someone first considers treatment one might feel ashamed or embarrassed. Admitting one has a substance use problem, and seeking help from others can make one feel exposed. However, recovery is never done alone.
It is important to meet other people who have also decided to seek help for addiction. Addiction is isolating, and rehab allows for new connections to be made between people in recovery. These connections are important because a support system is formed from them, which reduces the chances of someone relapsing.
The idea of in-patient care can seem daunting, however in some cases it is the best option for someone’s journey towards recovery. When talking to someone about rehab try to discuss why they are resistant to the idea of a more intensive program, and gently remind them that no matter what reason they come up with to avoid rehab addiction will always be the more difficult choice in the long run.
About Adam Banks
Adam Banks is a certified interventionist and the owner of Adam Banks Recovery. After receiving an MBA from the University of Chicago, Adam built a company acquired by United Health Care. His discipline and attention to detail comes from his former career as an airline pilot, holding an ATP, the FAA’s highest license.
Today, Adam is dedicated to helping others achieve long-term sobriety. His work has guided executives, pilots, and physicians on paths to recovery. Adam brings families together through a loving and inclusive approach. Adam has authored four books on addiction. His recent work, Navigating Recovery Ground School: 12 Lessons to Help Families Navigate Recovery, educates families on the entire intervention process. He also offers a free video course for families considering an intervention for a loved one.
Adam is available for alcohol and drug intervention services in New York, Long Island, the Hamptons as well as nationally and internationally.
The Sinclair Method For Safer Alcohol Consumption
The Sinclair Method utilizes a medication, called naltrexone, to help people reduce the amount of alcohol consumed. This medication helps reduce the cravings for alcohol. Unlike complete abstinence, this pharmacological approach is attractive, as it does allow the alcoholic to drink small amounts.Continue reading
How Pre-flight Planning and Intervention Are Related
I liken my approach to addiction interventions to that of getting an airplane ready to fly. Just as a pilot must exhaust a list of external factors in order to fly successfully, a successful intervention requires just as much forethought.Continue reading
MBA Lessons in Recovery: Using the 12 Steps to Build Social Capital
There are 3 steps in AA that directly relate to rebuilding social capital that we broke during our addiction, steps 8,9,10. By working these steps, we rebuild the relationships that we neglected during addiction.Continue reading
My Journey Quitting Juul: Relapse, Recovery, and Maintenance (Part 3)
I have to think about my addiction almost daily and remember why I want to quit. If I don’t consciously think about recovery, it would be easy to pick up a JUUL Again. Just like I did when I recovered from alcohol, I keep counting days. I badly want to be free of this addiction.Continue reading