At Footprints of Serenity we are connecting alcoholics and addicts of all ages with sober companions who are guiding them through the early phase of recovery.

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At Footprints of Serenity we are connecting alcoholics and addicts of all ages with sober companions who are guiding them through the early phase of recovery. A sober companion will assist the client by offering support, encouragement, and sober companionship during this crucial time.

In an integrated and effective manner, our sober companions show newly sober clients how to maneuver through life’s daily activities that previously would have served as triggers. Our caring and effective sober companions provide a safe environment to re-train individuals and teach them new coping skills and tools, so they can embrace life and all it has to offer.

 

What is addiction?

Addiction (i.e. substance abuse) has long been understood to mean an uncontrollable habit of using alcohol or other drugs. Because of the physical effects of these substances on the body, and particularly the brain, people have often thought that “real” addictions only happen when people regularly use these substances in large amounts.

Although the precise symptoms vary from one addiction to another, in clarifying what is an addiction, there are two aspects that all addictions have in common. Firstly, the addictive behavior is maladaptive or counter-productive to the individual. So instead of helping the person adapt to situations or overcome problems, it tends to undermine these abilities. Secondly, the behavior is persistent. When someone is addicted, they will continue to engage in the addictive behavior, despite it causing them trouble.

Generally artistic, intelligent, and unfulfilled, addicts typically feel unworthy, hopeless and unredeemable. Alone in a crowded room, isolated (by choice or necessity,) estranged from their fellows, the addicts’ emotions run the gambit—from anger, rage and violence, to deep depression, repentant sorrow and paralyzing fear. Without the toolset to go forward in life, unequipped at making real friends, and disassociated from family connections, addicts often feel overwhelmed by sensations of separateness, superiority and uniqueness.

 

 

What keeps addicts from, successfully, stopping?

This answer is going to be different for every person. But at the end of the day, the addict/alcoholic will not want to quit when their “drug of choice” is still working (denial) for them, especially if their life still “seems” functional. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no “quick-fix,” or “cookie-cutter” approach that’s effective — i.e. a recovering mother in her forties has a different set of challenges than a college student in his twenties. That is why a recovery companion for drug addicts and alcoholics is proven to be very effective.

 

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At home treatment

Having a recovery companion by your side when you are released from an inpatient facility, or are entering an environment that can trigger your addiction habits, can be of tremendous benefit for your recovery. These individuals can be present up to 24/7 and can help you restructure your daily substance-free life and help you learn how to live a healthier life style, and still have fun. Making healthy choices are challenges that arise, especially in the early phases of recovery. At Footprints of Serenity we will place you with a Recovery Worker that better fits your needs. Call now.

How to approach your loved one?

Approaching your loved one about their alcohol and/or drug use isn't easy. The thought of having the conversation may fill you with fear and anxiety. However, the earlier they are approached about their substance abuse, the better. Have an outline of what each person will say before you approach your loved one. It is crucial that the approach come from a loving and positive manner rather than one of judgment. Tell them you have their best interests in mind and come from a supportive place. Give them examples of what you are seeing and how their drug or alcohol use is affecting you.

Gather family and friends together and approach your loved one from a group perspective, otherwise known as an intervention. Coming from a caring, avoiding "pointing the finger", supportive place is key. This may seem impossible; therefore, Footprints of Serenity can help, we have a team of intervention specialists if you would like a professional to help you.

Drug/Alcohol Intervention

An intervention professionally organized is a proven way that leads to recovery. It starts the healing process for everyone that has been affected by the addicts behavior. For the addicts themselves, it can be the single most important day of their lives. Interventions empower the family and friends through addiction education and very personal experiences to gain the ability to make the right decisions that lie ahead. In a loving and compassionate way, the addict can see and feel the impact their behavior is having on those closest to them.

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Recovery Companion

In an integrated and effective manner, Footprints of Serenity connects addicts and alcoholics of all ages with experienced and trained Recovery Companions, whom guide them through the early phase of recovery, offering support, encouragement, and sober companionship during this crucial time.

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