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What its Like to Struggle with Addiction

What its Like to Struggle with Addiction

"I sat in the living room with my mom and dad," he said. "They told me that they wouldn't give me any more money or even talk to me if I kept on drinking. I wanted to stop, in fact I was miserable. I didn't want to drink anymore. But physically, or mentally, I knew I couldn't stop. I didn't know how. My parents told me that it was simple: Just don't drink. If only it were that easy."

This is a very common story. Unfortunately, people who have never had a problem with an addiction don't understand its complete power over you. Loved ones see the substance as the problem and believe that if you simply remove it, the problem will be solved. But for those of us who have actually struggled with an addiction, we know that the substance isn't the problem, its our solution. Our substance helps mask our pain and deal with the everyday problems of life.

Simply removing the substance doesn't create successful recovery, it merely creates an atmosphere where successful recovery may begin. Through treatment, we learn how to make it those first few days without the substance. We are supported every step of the way in early recovery in a very structured and safe environment. Once treatment is done however, we must seek out healthy avenues for handling the issues that continue to plague us regularly. For some of us, it is abuse or emotional damage from the past. For others, it is low self-esteem or the lack of value that we place on our own lives. Whatever the issue may be, it lurks there under the surface waiting to pull us right back into our addiction. Without the proper tools, we will continue to relapse until we confront these issues head-on.

An addict cannot merely stop using and be successful. Addiction will not just go away. It is important to remember that there is so much more to addiction than just a substance. Addiction is a perfect storm of personal discontent mixed with a substance that relieves this discontent. It collides in a way that creates a desire in the addict to never live sober again. Without replacing the addict's "solution", you will rarely be successful in creating an atmosphere where the addict feels safe without his or her substance.

If you have a loved one that struggles with addiction, you need to get help. If you are not experienced with addiction and its associated behaviors, please contact an addiction professional to help your loved one. At Chateau Recovery, we have some fantastic resources for people who are coming out of treatment. We can help relieve those distractions that trigger us back into our addictions, as well as facilitate the healing and recovery process through referrals to addiction professionals. Please call us today to see how we can help you be successful in your recovery.

Six Reasons to go to Sober Living after Treatment

Six Reasons to go to Sober Living after Treatment

As people who are new in recovery, most experts highly recommend some sort of supportive aftercare to help you stay sober. For many of us, we’ve become so accustomed to our lives in active addiction that we may not remember, or perhaps never even learned healthy living skills. We don’t know what life is supposed to be like without drugs or alcohol.

It’s no secret that the relapse rate among alcoholics and drug addicts is very high. Having the right support for a period of time after treatment can help solidify the new skills and healthy patterns that often prevent relapses. If you are debating whether or not to go to sober living after you complete treatment, please consider these six reasons why sober living can help you achieve success in your long-term recovery.

1) In sober living, you are never isolated or alone.

One of the main reasons why sober living is beneficial for people who are new in recovery is that you are no longer alone in your struggle. In our addictions, we feel alone, isolated, and desolate. The world is an emotional desert, and our thoughts and emotions hold us captive. With others around, we not only have accountability to our sobriety, but we have people that will lend a listening ear through our struggles, offer advice and support, and who really understand what we’re going through. With so much support from others, we learn to let out our negative emotions and feelings and deal with them in a healthy manner, instead of running to a drink or a drug to numb the pain.

2) Sober living homes provide strong support for people in early recovery.

Aside from the accountability you’ll have and friendships you’ll develop, sober living homes are well prepared to handle the myriad of issues people face when newly clean or sober. Your sober living manager will know just what to do if you’re struggling with a craving or an emotional issue is causing you grief. Managers know how to amicably settle disputes between house members, or how to handle a roommate who has been drinking or using. Your house manager also has resources for you if you need a referral professional counselor or would like to register for an intensive outpatient program after treatment.

3) A sober living home will provide you with accountability and structure.

For most of us, we don’t like being told what to do. But when we’re in early recovery and we’re trying to figure out this thing called life, a little guidance can be quite the relief. A sober living home will help you learn that there are consequences to your actions. For example, a relapse may mean that you’ll be removed from the house for a period of time. You might need to enroll in IOP, or see a counselor on a weekly basis before you can be readmitted. On the other hand, positive behavior may be rewarded as well. After a period of sobriety or success in achieving your goals, you may be eligible for a manager position or a move into cheaper, “step-down” sober housing that provides more freedom.

4) A sober living home will help you learn to function in the real world.

In a treatment center, you live in a very protected bubble. You have little or no contact with the outside world, and your days are highly structured. You are told where to go and when, and your actions are monitored 24 hours a day. Sober living homes are different though. Their goal is to actually teach you how to live in, and interact with the real world. You’ll learn healthy coping skills for the difficult parts of life, but you’ll also learn what it’s like to have real relationships with others. You’ll learn the importance of going to school, or getting and keeping a job. You’ll learn to succeed with humility and you’ll learn to fall with grace. And when you fall, you’ll learn how to pick yourself back up and start over.

5) A sober living home offers you a fresh start.

Let’s face it, when you enter treatment you rarely come from a stable, supportive, healthy living environment. If there is one primary reason why people relapse in early recovery, it is because they come out of treatment and go straight back into the unhealthy environment from which they came. Old habits die hard. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas, and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.” (Ch. 5, p. 58) If you’re going to be successful in your recovery, you have to change everything about your life. If you’re coming from an unhealthy home environment, returning after treatment will almost guarantee your failure. Sober living provides a safe place to go to help you maintain your new-found sobriety.

6) A sober living home will help you learn self-sufficiency.

The ultimate goal in recovery is to learn to live life on your own, to support yourself, and to learn how to live a successful and productive life. We come into recovery with some very malformed ideas of how life and the world works, and learning, or relearning healthy living skills often needs to be guided. Yes, a sober living home costs more than renting a room or sometimes even an apartment. However, you’re not just paying for a place to sleep. You are paying for professional help as you learn to live and succeed in life. You’re paying to have 24 hour support and guidance as you strive to become the person you were meant to be. Don’t get discouraged, your efforts will pay off. You’re learning to become self-sufficient, something that will most certainly pay off much more generously than you think.

There are so many benefits to living in a sober living house in early recovery, and this article really only touches on the basics. You’ll make lifelong friends at your sober living home, find new fun things to do in sobriety, network with others and find new job opportunities, and much more! But perhaps the most important thing you’ll learn is who you are. You’ll learn to know yourself better and grow faster because of the support you receive. At Chateau Recovery, we value and cherish the time we had in sober living so much that our life’s passion became bringing that hope and strength to others in early recovery.

We’d love to talk to you more about your recovery journey. If you are looking for sober living, please consider giving us a call or filling out the contact form on this page. We love to make new friends and bring new family members into our home. Contact us today to learn more about Chateau Recovery.

Chateau Recovery Opens In West Hollywood

Chateau Recovery Opens In West Hollywood

West Hollywood, CA – New to the recovery scene in West Hollywood, owner Ashlee Krichmar is beginning a new journey in her own recovery program. With the hope of sharing her experience, strength and hope with others, Krichmar has opened up the first of what she hopes to be many sober living homes in the Los Angeles area.

This new venture is called Chateau Recovery, and her business model is unique, even for the L.A. sober living community. Focusing on personal growth in recovery, Krichmar operates her home as a family, providing food, emotional support, and an environment of personal growth for all who pass through their doors.

The sober living home is open to both men and women over the age of 18 with the desire to recover from their addictions. Six beds in semi-private rooms allow ample accommodation for their "family members". The home is beautifully decorated and very comfortable, offering a wide range of options for entertainment and relaxation. Premium cable flat-screen TVs, Netflix, Hulu, an office and computer station, and Wi-fi throughout the house keeps the house connected to the outside world. There is also a pool table and beautifully manicured grounds to relax and recover from any addiction.

The home itself is a spacious, yet quaint 1930s style art-deco home in a well-established neighborhood of West Hollywood. The home is close to La Cienega and Olympic Boulevards, and a quick car or bus ride from Hancock Park and the Mid-Wilshire/Mid-City districts of Los Angeles. What’s more? Chateau Recovery is close to some of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment that Southern California has to offer.

Perhaps the best feature of the home though, isn’t the home at all but the people who work there. Every single one of them has suffered with an addiction of their own and successfully overcome it. The staff really cares, and the owner is very hands-on when it comes to helping and guiding the family members of Chateau Recovery.

“We want to provide each and every resident with a safe, comfortable, and healthy living environment,” says Krichmar. “Our goal at Chateau Recovery is to help guide our residents through their own unique, individualized journey and help them to experience the beauty of a sober life.”

As far as sober living homes go, Chateau Recovery is pretty much the full package. If you’re looking for a comfortable and safe place to live in early recovery, Chateau Recovery offers one of the best deals in Los Angeles sober living for the price. For more information about Chateau Recovery or to schedule a tour, call Owner and Admissions Coordinator Ashlee Krichmar at (800) 379-4401 or visit them on the web at

Battling the Prescription Drug Epidemic

Battling the Prescription Drug Epidemic

Addiction to illegal drugs and the legalization of some controlled substances is often a hot political and social topic. Unfortunately, there is another related issue that commonly gets ignored or written off. Dependence on drugs that are already completely legal all too often goes under the radar. Prescription drug abuse still remains one of the most poorly recognized types of addiction.

Prescription drugs generally work by either suppressing or promoting chemical reactions in the brain. The most commonly abused types are stimulants, opiates, and sedatives. Sound familiar? Not only do these legal drugs have similar effects and chemical makeups to illegal drugs like heroin or speed, they are just as addictive and dangerous if abused.

Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin are prescribed for people who need help with focusing and wakefulness, such as those who suffer from ADHD or narcolepsy. Opiates are found in many painkillers, such as Vicodin, Norco, and OxyContin. Sedatives like Xanax or Valium are used to help people with anxiety or sleep disorders. Many people can use these drugs as intended to successfully relieve their symptoms with no risk of addiction. However, when they are used in a manner other than the way they were prescribed, without a prescription, or just for the “high” they provide, it becomes a problem.

Unlike illegal drugs, prescription drugs are constantly pushed at us by doctors, pharmacists, and psychiatrists as the solution to our medical problems. Advertisements are everywhere, and there is a drug for nearly every physical or mental issue. They are relatively easy to obtain – insurance will even help pay for them. When someone builds tolerance to the drug over time however, they become chemically dependent and may suffer long-term addiction effects.

Estimates show that at least 20% of the U.S. population has used prescription drugs for recreational purposes. The prevalence and ease of obtaining legal drugs makes this a possibility, and puts people in a position where they can accidentally overdose or become addicted.

Conversely, many people who are addicted to prescription drugs have never used them for fun. They may have started with a normal prescription, but as their body grew tolerant to the drug, they needed more and more of it to get the same relief from their symptoms. Just like many illegal substances, the drug becomes something they feel they cannot live without.

Doctors are legally restricted from allowing patients to take an unhealthy amount of prescribed drugs. However, when addicts grow desperate, there are ways around these restrictions. Some visit multiple doctors to get more than one prescription. Others turn to illegal online pharmacies that only require a phone number and credit card, and are difficult for law enforcement to track and shut down. Some addicts even feel forced to resort to crime to obtain or pay for the drugs they need to “survive.” Even if an addict is able to return to being sober, they are still faced by a society trying to sell the same drugs to them.

Fortunately, for all the similarities legal drugs have to illegal substances, addiction to them can also be successfully treated by the same methods. Addiction to prescriptions must not be dealt with as a separate or lesser problem from addiction to other drugs. They are two sides of the same issue, and people suffering from prescription abuse need just as much attention and help as the rest.

Chateau Recovery can help you learn to live your life substance-free, from prescription drugs to street drugs or alcohol. Give us a call today to see how Chateau can help you get started.

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