The Warning Signs of Alcoholism

The Warning Signs of Alcoholism

Alcohol is a killer that lives right out in the open. One we welcome into our homes, sporting events, celebrations, and more.

It’s among the most, if not the most widely accepted substance we have in our society and it’s notoriously deadly; the third-leading cause of preventable death in the United States as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) points out.

The jarring stats don’t end there though. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that over 24,000 people died from alcoholic liver disease in 2019 and the number of alcohol-induced deaths (excluding accidents and homicides) was over 39,000.

The NIAAA adds that as recently as 2019, 14.5 million people aged 12 and older had an alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Alcohol abuse is very much a real problem in the country and knowing the warning signs of alcoholism is imperative to saving the life of a loved one.

Alcoholism Defined

Prior to getting into the signs and symptoms, it’s instructive to define what alcoholism is in the first place.

For starters, the official name for alcoholism is alcohol use disorder or AUD and the NIAAA defines it as such:

“Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. It encompasses the conditions that some people refer to as alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, alcohol addiction, and the colloquial term, alcoholism. Considered a brain disorder, AUD can be mild, moderate, or severe”.

That there at the end is a critical point to understand, that alcoholism is a brain disorder in the same way drug addiction is. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) takes it a step further and sheds some light on the disorder concept, noting, “it is considered a brain disorder because it involves functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control”.

Warning Signs of Alcoholism to Look Out For

As mentioned, alcoholism exists on a spectrum – mild to moderate to severe – and where that person you care about lands is based on how many of the following criteria they meet:

  • Consuming more alcohol than anticipated or for longer than expected
  • Wanting to quit or at least cut but weren’t able to
  • Spending an inordinate amount of time drinking or being hungover
  • Cravings for a drink so bad that you can’t think of anything else
  • Drinking, being sick from drinking, or recovering from it gets in the way of your responsibilities to family, friends, school, work, etc.
  • Carrying on drinking despite problems it creates with family and friends
  • Skipping or going less often to activities you once enjoyed in order to drink instead
  • Finding yourself in dangerous scenarios while drinking like getting behind the wheel, being in unsafe areas, unprotected sex, etc.
  • Drinking despite the fact that it makes you depressed or adds to other health problems
  • Building a tolerance to alcohol so you need to drink more to get the same effects
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms – trouble sleeping, nausea, sweating, seizure, etc. – when the drinks wear off

Mild AUD would be meeting 2-3 of those criteria.

Moderate AUD would be 4-5.

Anything over 6 is considered severe AUD.

How to Get Someone Help With Their Alcohol Addiction

Quitting alcohol and beating addiction is a tough battle to face on your own and your loved one doesn’t have to go that route.

Getting help for someone with an addiction to alcohol is possible and readily available. The key to increasing the odds of success is making sure that person – your brother, mother, father, sister, uncle, friend, etc. – are truly aware that they have a problem and accept the help and dedicated treatment they need to overcome it.

An intervention is something that can create that awareness and be the inciting incident they need to change their lives for good.

If you want to learn more, need advice or information, reach out to us today at Footprints of Serenity.

Support Groups for Family Members of Drug Addicts and Alcoholics Explained

Support Groups for Family Members of Drug Addicts and Alcoholics Explained

Drug addiction and alcoholism don’t solely affect the user. Substance abuse is very much a trauma that spreads itself across the entire family.

Of course, the user is the one who needs help the most of all in righting their ship so to speak, but family members don’t come out unscathed in this.

Growing up or even just existing within the confines of a dysfunctional family can take a massive psychological toll.

That’s why it’s important to look into support groups for family members of drug addicts and those dealing with alcohol use disorder. As much as your loved one needs support in getting to the other side of addiction, you need assistance too because your “normal” has also been shattered.

What Are Support Groups for Family Members of Addicts?

Family members of addicts have a uniquely difficult and different experience with addiction, not necessarily as harrowing as the user, but distressing nonetheless. The mental price paid in the form of constant worry, anxiety and stress is high and needs to be addressed. 

Without taking time to work through your issues, you can find yourself overwhelmed with all you’ve been dealing with. Support groups offer an environment where people who are going through or have gone through similar situations with addiction in their families can come to find solidarity and a place to talk. A place to build positive and healthy relationships.

Different Types of Support Groups for Families of Addicts and Alcoholics Available

Fortunately, this need for support has been recognized and several groups have been created to help. 

Among them are:


Started in 1952 by the wife of the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon describes itself as, “a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations”.

Crucially, they add this can happen “whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help”.

This really drives home the idea that this is a support group for family and that you can get better even if the addict can’t.


Also related to Alcoholics Anonymous, Alateen was founded in 1957 by Al-Anon and focuses on the children of those struggling with alcoholism.

As they note, Alateen is “a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not”.

The core goal is for it to be a place where young people can “share experiences, strength, and hope with each other to find effective ways to cope with problems” as well as “discuss difficulties and encourage one another”.

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Founded in 1973, Adult Children of Alcoholics describes themselves as a support group “focused on understanding the specific behavior and attitude patterns we developed while growing up in an alcoholic or other dysfunctional environment.  These patterns continue to affect us today.

By attending regular meetings we come to a better understanding of our past so we can more effectively restructure our lives today.  We begin to see more clearly what is positive and healthy in ourselves”.

Similar to Al-Anon and Alateen, the idea of attending Adult Children of Alcoholics meetings is to be among those who truly get it. People who’ve been in exactly the same place you were growing up and who need help getting past it too.

Why You Should Go to Support Groups for Family Members of Drug Addicts and Alcoholics 

The important thing to takeaway here is that support is critical for both the addict and you, the family. You have your own trauma to work through and it shouldn’t be ignored just because you aren’t the one who’s addicted.

If you’re looking for support, reach out to us Footprints of Serenity and we can help you find a place that works for you.

What to Do After Drug Treatment Is Complete

What to do after drug treatment is complete

You’ve just finished rehab and the whole world is laid out before you.

What do you do?

Are you truly ready?

Are you overwhelmed? Scared? Excited?

All of the above?

Completing your program is a monumental moment. Truly a grand achievement. What you do after drug treatment though is what makes the difference in the long run.

Truth is, to some degree you will feel prepared to take on the world because part of your treatment program is dedicated to life after rehab. You may be nervous, which is normal, but you won’t be going into the unknown without thorough preparation.

Moreover, there are plenty of positive and affirmative steps you can take to ensure you stay the course.

Steps to Take to Maintain Addiction Recovery After Drug Treatment Is Complete

Recovery, as you well know by now, is a lifelong endeavor. Just because your inpatient treatment or outpatient care is finished, it doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention or ease up on actively working to maintain your sobriety.

Here are a handful of steps that make the journey easier:

Join a Support Group

Whether it’s a 12 step program like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or something without the religious angle like SMART Recovery, a support group can be a gamechanger and a lifesaver.

Being surrounded by people who genuinely understand you and have been in your shoes makes a big difference. You all are working through the same things together and there’s power and inspiration to be found in that.

Not to mention the built-in accountability that comes with connecting with those in your support group.

Create a Group of Sober Friends

Speaking of connection, it’s important to develop a sober group of friends.

It can be folks you meet in your support group or through new activities you’ve taken up, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that the people you choose to spend time with don’t default to drugs or alcohol in their free time.

Identify Your Triggers and Manage Stressors

In treatment, you’re in something of a stress-free bubble and you’re active in pushing back against triggers. Back in your real life, you need to stay vigilant – actually, be even more vigilant – and identify people, places, and things that could trigger you to use them.

Once you’ve identified them you can work on managing those stressors and developing a plan of action to cope.

Recognize Warnings of a Relapse

This is more or less a continuation of the previous step, once you know what can trigger you or stress you out, you can use it to recognize the signs of a potential relapse. The more aware you are of these things, the more you can quickly react to the warnings of relapse and remove yourself from the situation.

Develop New Habits and Find Activities That You Find Meaningful 

To maintain sobriety, you ultimately need to find meaningful ways to spend your time. The more meaning you can derive from whatever you fill your day with – the people, the events, the places, the hobbies, everything – the better.

Keep a Schedule

They say idle hands are the devil’s playthings, which is to say that if you have nothing to do, you’re more likely to get yourself into trouble, especially if you’re recovering from addiction.

Keeping a schedule and making it a full one is an easy thing you can do to keep your mind and body occupied and away from thoughts of substance use.

Celebrate Your Sobriety Achievements 

Regularly acknowledge how far you’ve come!

Celebrating wins is so psychologically gratifying and it gives you a chance to reflect on how far you’ve come. Better yet, celebrate in your support group and be an example for others to follow because helping others truly does help you too.

If you’re unsure about how to handle life after rehab or would like to learn even more steps you can take, reach out to us at Footprints of Serenity.

Knowing When It’s Time to Find a Drug Rehab for Young Adults

Knowing When It’s Time to Find a Drug Rehab for young adults

Our teenage years are formative in so many ways; they help shape us, serving to define our interests more finely and determine our likes & dislikes. The young adult years are when we lay the groundwork for what’s to come.

It’s an invigorating and exploratory time in any person’s life.

It’s also a time of experimentation and increasing independence which is no doubt a cause for concern for all parents around the world.

This is a period in life when your son or daughter will encounter and perhaps even try drugs and/or alcohol for the first time and the statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) bear that out:

  • By 12th grade, nearly half of teens, 46.6%, will have tried illicit drugs
  • 43.7% will have tried marijuana by 12th grade
  • Almost 2/3rds, 61.5%, reported trying alcohol by their senior year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1/10th of all alcohol consumed in the United States is by people aged 12 to 20 years old. That’s 10%.

Whether it’s curiosity, peer pressure, coping with stress or another reason, experimentation doesn’t necessarily mean addiction or dependency. There are so many tough parts of parenting and knowing when to make that call about substances is among the hardest.

Fortunately, there are signs you can look for to know when things have gotten out of hand.

Signs Your Teen Is Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

Addiction isn’t something that happens overnight, it may seem that way but in actuality, it builds over time presenting many symptoms along the way which can be broken down into physical and behavioral components.

Physical Signs of Addiction 

  • Bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
  • Itching
  • Sniffling
  • Injection marks
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Changes in skin color, pallor
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Atypical or unusual body odors
  • Issues with sleeping, getting either too much or too little
  • Poor hygiene
  • Looking generally unkempt and increasingly disregarding physical appearance


Behavioral Signs of Addiction 

  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Depression
  • Lethargy and lack of motivation
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Paranoia
  • Lying
  • Borrowing money
  • Change in habits and more secretive about what they’re doing
  • Loss of interest in activities they previously enjoyed
  • Engaging in more dangerous, risky and possibly even criminal activity
  • Missing curfew
  • Neglecting responsibilities at school or work

If you’re noticing more and more of these signs and symptoms, it very well could be time for you to consider drug rehab for young adults. There’s no harm in learning more about how rehab can help and seeking information from experts on the next steps to take.

How a Drug Rehab for Young Adults Can Help Your Teen Find Recovery

Once you’ve identified a potential issue with drugs or alcohol, it’s time to seek solutions and among the best options available to you and your teen is rehab.


Because that’s the sole purpose of it; it’s dedicated and specialized treatment for addiction under the care and guidance of trained and licensed professionals.

Your inclination as a parent might be to scold your kid, get angry and confrontational about their drug or alcohol use. That’s just not helpful though because addiction is a disorder of the mind and that type of reaction could have the opposite effect and further cement their behavior.

It’s worth defining addiction here to understand another reason how rehab, in particular, can be incredibly helpful. According to NIDA, addiction is “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences. It is considered a brain disorder, because it involves functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control”.

There’s more to undoing that than just a stern talking-to.

Rehab allows your teen to work through the issues that led them to substances in the first place and equips them with new tools and coping mechanisms to be able to overcome those same situations in the future, but in a healthy way.

If you’re worried about your child, give us a call at Footprints of Serenity and we can help you find the treatment option that’s right for them. 

What Are the Alternatives to 12 Step Programs in Addiction Recovery?

What are the alternatives to 12 step programs in addiction recovery?

12 step programs and addiction recovery seem like they go hand in hand, to the point that you almost might think it’s required to be a part of one in order to successfully stay sober.

Developed and started by Alcoholics Anonymous well over half a century ago, the twelve steps have truly been revelatory for many and have indeed helped countless men and women, millions over the years, stick with their recovery.

That said, it’s not ideal for everyone and that’s fair enough. Not everyone likes the same flavor of ice cream, after all. Certain aspects might not click for each person in recovery, the religious and spiritual parts of it, for example, may turn people off. Another big factor that may strike people as negative, or that they object to, is that 12 step programs require an admittance that you’re powerless over addiction (it’s the first of the steps).

Again, that’s not to say AA isn’t a fine program for some. 

Fortunately, there are alternatives to 12 step programs for those that are seeking them.

SMART Recovery

Whereas the 12 steps have a higher power at the core, SMART Recovery is rooted in science. An acronym, SMART stands for “Self-Management And Recovery Training” and, like AA or NA, is a global community of support groups.

Rather than 12 steps, SMART operates on a 4-point program:

  1. Building and Maintaining Motivation
  2. Coping with Urges
  3. Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
  4. Living a Balanced Life

They add, “our science-based approach emphasizes self-empowerment and self-reliance. There’s no lifetime commitment; you decide when the time is right to move on. You choose how to personalize your own plan for successful change”.

Refuge Recovery

While Refuge Recovery is inspired and informed by Buddhist ideas, it’s a non-theistic program. Moreover, you don’t have to be well versed in Buddhism, or know it at all, to get the benefits of what they offer.

Refuge Recovery is rooted in the idea that “Buddhists commit to the path of awakening by taking refuge in three things: awakening (Buddha), truth (Dharma), and community (Sangha)”.

Additionally, it incorporates the Buddhist concepts of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

Four Noble Truths

  1. Addiction creates suffering
  2. The cause of addiction is repetitive craving
  3. Recovery is possible
  4. The path to recovery is available

Eightfold Path

  1. Understanding
  2. Intentions
  3. Speech/community
  4. Actions
  5. Livelihood/service
  6. Effort
  7. Mindfulness
  8. Concentration

The recovery program includes meetings, meditation, mentorship, and retreats.

Non 12 Step Rehabs

Some rehabs are fully committed to the 12 step cause, and that’s OK. If the ideology and principles of the 12 step program don’t gel with thought, you don’t have to go to a rehab where that’s the cornerstone, quite frankly.

The point of rehab is to do what works best for you.

If you’re uncomfortable with any part of it, it stands to reason that you’ll be reluctant to commit wholeheartedly because of that inherent skepticism. Without total commitment, whatever program you choose won’t be nearly as effective. It can’t be.

Non 12 step rehabs, like their 12 step counterparts, start with detox and from there move into evidence-based approaches to treatment that are personalized to your particular needs.

These mainly focus on various types of psychotherapy or talk therapy, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with the aim being to get to the root cause of why you started using substances in the first place. The emphasis is on empowering you to change your way of thinking and behavior rather than the notion that overcoming addiction is beyond your reach or control.

If you’re on the fence about 12 steps or non 12 step options, give us a call at Footprints of Serenity and we can talk you through them both in more depth.

Find a Drug Addiction Intervention Specialist in Los Angeles Today

How to find a Intervention Specialist in Los Angeles near me

Addiction is stubborn.

That’s sort of an obvious statement but it’s true nonetheless and a core reason why many who need treatment, don’t seek it.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) points out;

  • In 2015, an estimated 2.3 million people aged 12 or older who needed substance use treatment received treatment at a specialty facility in the past year. This number represents 10.8 percent of the 21.7 million people who needed substance use treatment in the past year.
  • Among the estimated 19.3 million people aged 12 or older who were classified as needing but not receiving substance use treatment at a specialty facility, about 18.4 million or 95.4 percent did not think that they needed treatment in the past year for their substance use.

In other words, only around 11% of people sought rehab. As you see, addiction is stubborn.

What can be done then to help get your loved one the treatment they so clearly need?

An intervention.

What Is a Drug Addiction Intervention?

An intervention is a deliberate process by which change is introduced into an individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

It involves several respected and loved people close to the addict gathering to confront a person, in a non-threatening and non-aggressive way, to lay bare the depths of suffering that their addiction is causing themselves and their friends and family.

The idea is to hold a mirror to drug use and show them the effects. Similar to the  TV show “Intervention”, you won’t want to let your loved one know about the intervention beforehand. If they do know about it, they most likely won’t want to attend or will go into it with their guard up.

The goal is to get them to commit to receiving help in the form of rehab and to that end, another critical element is the consequences and ultimatums that must be followed through on should your loved one refuse treatment.

How an Intervention Specialist in Los Angeles Will Help Your Loved One Get Sober

An intervention isn’t just having a quick chat, suggesting rehab, having your loved ones accept, and dropping them off.

As you most likely know very well by this point, it’s hard to convince someone who doesn’t think they have a problem to fix it. There can be rampant denialism that’s wrapped up in addiction and often discussions about drug use become contentious, accusatory, and ultimately counterproductive. Serving only to further cement the use of drugs or alcohol.

Therefore, attempting an intervention without professional guidance is generally asking for trouble.

A trained interventionist understands this and works with you and the rest of those who will be participating in the intervention to develop a plan of action. In fact, they’ll help you form the most effective and convincing “team” with which to confront your loved one.

Once in preparation, you may find you don’t know exactly what to say, an experienced interventionist can assist you in developing the messaging that will truly connect and hit home, as well as help you create meaningful consequences if they refuse care.

Additionally, there’s the important task of making arrangements with a treatment center. An interventionist can ensure you cover all the bases in finding one that truly is a good fit for your family member or friend. 

Most importantly, they’ll be there on the day of the intervention to guide and lead it. It can be a tense, overwhelming and fraught meeting and for those who are unprepared for the torrent of emotions or haven’t been through it before – which is almost everyone – it can be hard to get through. 

Let Footprints of Serenity Guide You Through the Intervention Process

Working with someone who’s been there many times before, an intervention specialist in Los Angeles, means you can rely on their steady guidance to get everyone through it and with maximum impact.

If you think your loved one may be at the breaking point and that an intervention could be effective, reach out to us at Footprints of Serenity to learn more.


What Is A Recovery Coach?

What Is A Recovery Coach?

As you start traveling along the road of recovery, you quickly realize that the journey isn’t actually an individual one. In many ways, recovery is very much a team sport.

From the earliest days of the process, there’s an emphasis on not going it alone and leaning into the support of others. There are people involved in all aspects of recovery, from those closest to you that participate in the intervention through to inpatient and outpatient rehab and then aftercare and support groups.

A sense of team camaraderie permeates everything.

And what does every successful team have?

A coach.

Recovery Coaching Explained

What does that look like in the context of recovery though and, importantly, what is a recovery coach?

Just like a coach develops and implements strategy and lends support to lead a team to success, a recovery coach performs similar tasks for someone in recovery. They’re there to support you, promote continued recovery and are very much future-focused, whereas a therapist is concerned with the past and working through what caused your addiction in the first place.

A recovery coach works with you to set goals, create plans to reach them and offer motivation along the way while helping to remove barriers to recovery that might trip you up.

Again, as compared to a therapist which requires considerable schooling and accreditation, there aren’t any prerequisites to becoming a recovery coach or federal licensing guidelines. That said, there are thorough training programs so when seeking a coach, make sure whomever you’re considering received certification from an accredited organization.

Given that, it’s especially important to note that a recovery coach is not a replacement for therapy whatsoever and a coach could work in tandem with a therapist or begin once your rehab is already complete.

Additionally, a coach can sound a little bit similar to a sponsor at a 12 step program, but a couple of key things separate the two; first, a sponsor is tied to that particular group and second, they aren’t compensated. A sponsor is someone who has been in a 12 step program longer and can help you make the most of that by sharing their experiences. It’s nonetheless a wonderful tool but not as hands-on as a recovery coach, which is much more a true partnership.

Benefits of Having a Recovery Coach

Relapse Prevention

The prospect of relapsing is no doubt a scary one, but it doesn’t have to happen especially if you have a recovery coach. They can help you to stay mindful of triggers and identify behaviors that could lead to a relapse as well as get you through moments of weakness when cravings hit hard.


Just like accountability plays a big role in a relationship with a sponsor, it’s a critical part of having a coach too. You’ll be able to plan regular check-ins and won’t ever have to worry that you might be imposing or creating an inconvenience. A recovery coach is just as dedicated to the mission as you are.

Support and Development of Skills

Knowing that you have someone in your corner is already a relief but when that person is well equipped to support you and has a broad base of knowledge from which to pull, it’s all the more beneficial. Often a coach will have their own history with recovery so can pull from their experience in helping you. On top of that, they can help you identify barriers or obstacles to your success and work with you to get around them.

Can Be Anywhere

You might think that coaching is done purely in person but that certainly isn’t the case, particularly these days with the pandemic keeping people apart. You can find recovery coaches that offer online services and still get all the benefits of the real-life experience.

Find a Recovery Coach With Help From Footprints of Serenity 

At Footprints of Serenity, we’ve seen the value that a recovery coach can deliver firsthand. If you’re curious about if partnering with a coach is the right move for you, reach out to us and we’d be happy to talk it over with you. We also work with a network of treatment providers across the country so can even help you find the right coach for you.

Intervention for Alcohol Abuse: Get Help for a Loved One

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Because our societal relationship with alcohol is so open and friendly, alcoholism is able to do its damage right out in the open. People, your friends or family, can hide drinking problems behind the general acceptance that others tend to have and thus those problems easily grow. Metastasizing into full-fledged alcohol abuse and dependency before your very eyes.

It’s hard to watch, no doubt. Harder yet to know exactly what you can do to help.

Being a bystander eventually wears thin though and your ability to take proper action is rooted in knowing what to look for in terms of what constitutes alcohol abuse and what resources are available to help.

The Difference Between Binge Drinking and Alcohol Abuse

Like a drinker’s vision, the line between various types of drinking behavior tends to blur and the difference between alcohol abuse and binging becomes hard to see.

Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to .08 percent – or .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter – or higher. It’s roughly 5+ drinks for a man or 4+ for a woman within ~2 hours.

Binging is widespread with a 2018 study showing that roughly 25% of people in the US aged 12 and up have done so within the last month.

Alcohol abuse or as it’s officially known, alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a chronic relapsing brain disorder characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.

It’s diagnosed along a spectrum running from mild to moderate to severe with 15 million or so Americans having AUD.

The abuse and binging take a catastrophically heavy toll with nearly 95,000 people dying from alcohol-related causes per year. In addition to that, the financial toll on the U.S. economy is stark as well with the cost of excessive alcohol use coming in at just about a quarter of a trillion dollars back in 2010.

Importantly, binge and excessive drinking by themselves wouldn’t necessarily constitute an alcohol use disorder but they very much can lead to it.

How to Stage an Intervention for Alcohol Abuse

If someone you love is plagued by an inability to control their drinking and it’s causing ever-growing problems in their life, it just may be time to step in and stage an intervention for alcohol abuse. However, it isn’t something you should try to do or plan on your own. There are a lot of moving parts to take care of and expertise is required to lead a person into an intervention and out to proper addiction treatment, which is the ultimate goal.

The whole point is to shine a light on how their behavior is destroying themselves and the people and things they hold most dear. Holding a mirror to it in a sense.

Staging that necessitates careful planning and coordination as well as a trained interventionist to lead and a treatment center lined up that they can go to.

How Footprints of Serenity Can Help

The decision to move forward with an intervention is certainly a tough one. It represents a distinct crossroads both for yourself and the one you’re trying to help and there are real consequences that potentially will be faced. At Footprints of Serenity, we understand the gravity of that because it’s what we’ve done for a combined 2 decades.

Reach out to us and let’s have a talk and see if now is the time to step in.

Different Types of Treatment for Addiction

Different Types of Treatment for Addiction

Finding the right treatment program for substance abuse and addiction is not always easy.  It can be difficult to find the  program that fits each of your individualized needs and works with your schedule. Here at Footprints of Serenity, we want to help you succeed within your recovery process. Whether you are just beginning, starting over, or finding treatment for a friend, please read below for the different types of addiction treatment options available! 

Different Types of Drug Treatment

There are many different types of treatments for addiction. These treatment programs can range from inpatient treatment programs to outpatient treatment programs, and even group counseling. It is important to find a treatment program that fits your individualized recovery needs. In the beginning it will probably be difficult for you to determine what your needs are (especially if you’re seeking treatment on behalf of someone else), but with a little research you should be able to tell! 

Each of the drug treatment programs listed below can be different depending on the facility. This means that inpatient treatment at one rehab may vary from inpatient treatment at another. That is why it is important to research each program and each facility that you are interested in. These programs can range and depend on time, severity of the addiction, individualized needs, and so much more. 


Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient Treatment programs can range from long-term residential treatment to short-term residential treatment. Long-term residential treatment  provides 24-hour care and may have a length of stay between 6 to 12 months (or shorter).  This treatment focuses on developing accountability and responsibility within the client’s personal lives. 

Short-term residential treatment programs can help to provide an intensive of brief treatment. The short-term residential treatment program usually ranges from 3 to 6 weeks. After the 3-6 weeks of the inpatient program, then the client usually has an extended outpatient therapy and/or group counseling. After this treatment program, it is important for clients to continue to remain in a support group to stay connected to sobriety. 

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment programs vary in all types and intensity of services. Outpatient treatments cost substantially less than inpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment programs are suitable for people who aren’t able to remove themselves from ‘reality’ for an extended period of time, meaning outpatient treatment is possible if you work full time. These programs will help to work around your schedule and your lifestyle. Group counseling can be an important component of outpatient treatment programs. They may also be designed to help not only with the recovery process but also with co-occurring disorders. Some intensive outpatient treatment programs provide direct services for individuals suffering from a substance abuse disorder or a substance abuse disorder with a co-occuring disorder.

Recovery Groups

Group therapy can be used to capitalize on social reinforcement. It can be offered by peer  discussion, accountability superiors, and promoting drug-free lifestyles. There are many different types of recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous, SMART Recovery program, Women for Sobriety, Moderation Management, and so much more. These programs help connect individuals with others who were also struggling with the same type of addiction or substance abuse problem. Not only are they similar within their substance abuse problems, but they are all so similar with their goals. That goal being: continuing the recovery process and sustaining sobriety.  These recovery groups are a way for each individual to get support from one another, and can offer insight and hope.

How Footprints of Serenity Can Help You Today

Here at Footprints of Serenity, we strive to help our clients find the treatment program that fits their unique needs. It is important that our clients feel supported throughout their recovery journey and while they are continuing their maintenance of sobriety. We want our clients to succeed in finding a program that best fits their individualized needs, can work around their schedule, and is the most comfortable program for them. We understand that sometimes it may be hard to find support, so we want to help support each of our clients in every way possible. Please reach out to us today to find out which treatment program may be right for you, or for someone you care about. 

Popular Addiction Support Groups

popular support groups

Receiving support is so important when going through the recovery process. Sobriety and recovery are a lifelong process, and you shouldn’t have to go through it alone. At Footprints of Serenity, we’re here to let you know that detox and addiction treatment (rehab) are just the first steps to take on your sober journey. Once you’re settled at home or in a new place, it’s imperative to stay connected with other sober people. Addiction support groups are a great way to do this. 

What Is an Addiction Support Group?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, support groups can be an amazing source of recovery support. These groups can also provide a safe, encouraging environment, while individuals are going through the treatment process. They are also important to continue after treatment to prevent a future relapse. These programs generally follow steps or guidelines in helping an individual overcome their addiction and maintain sobriety. These programs encourage not only self-support but the support of others. Finding support is crucial in the recovery process, and joining a support group may be one of the most beneficial forms of support that an individual can receive when overcoming an addiction. Support groups promote abstinence and help to prevent a future relapse. These groups can help shed light on what the recovery process is like and how it is unique for each person.


Addiction Support Groups

There are many different support groups for addiction. Some of the more popular groups include: 

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of both men and women who are suffering from a drinking addiction. This program is an international program that is multiracial and apolitical. AA is a self-supporting program that is nonprofessional but fully supportive. There are no requirements when it comes to age and education. AA follows the 12-steps of Alcoholic Anonymous for those who want to receive help for their drinking problem. 
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit society of men and women who are suffering from drugs. This program promotes abstinence of all drugs and sets specific guidelines/steps to follow when recovering from an addiction. This program is a global program which is multicultural and multilingual.
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA) – According to Cocaine Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women alike who have all shared the same sort of suffering from a cocaine addiction. It is important that each individual meets on one common ground so they feel equal within this group. Anyone who suffers from any addiction, not just a cocaine addiction, is welcome to join. 
  • Refuge RecoveryRefuge Recovery is a recovery program that is based on Buddhist principles. This program’s basic statement is that all of the individuals invested in this program have the power and potential to overcome the addiction that they are suffering from. This program supports the belief of training your heart and mind to live in understanding and free from addiction. You don’t have to practice Buddhism to be a part of Refuge Recovery.

These are just a few of the more well known addiction support groups. If you or someone you know is a family member or friend of an addiction, there are support groups for that as well. Al-anon, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and CoDa just to name a few. 

How Footprints of Serenity Can Help

Here at Footprints of Serenity, we are a group of interventionists/ addiction specialists with over 20 years of experience in the recovery field. Our services include staging drug and alcohol interventions, sober companionship, recovery coach, detox placement, and more. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact us today. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the addiction treatment process, relapse prevention tips, etc.