People that enter drug treatment do so with a tremendous amount of baggage. Drug and
alcohol addiction has thrown their lives into total disarray, and through the treatment services
and expert care provided at a drug rehab facility they can begin to piece their lives back
together. When those new in recovery leave treatment and transition back home, they have the
tools they need to restore calm, structure and order in their lives. While newly recovering
individuals feel a strong sense of empowerment and excitement in building a new life in
recovery, danger can lurk beneath the surface.
For those who are newly sober, they will encounter many obstacles in their recovery
journey and many of them are mental in nature. Perhaps the most common mental obstacle is
the perception that recovery is boring . There is no doubt that recovery brings stability, but for
some newly recovering addicts, they may not know how to handle the newfound peace that
comes with stability. Despite all the good that is happening in their lives, they will seek out
drama at every turn. In these cases, it can be said they have replaced an addiction to drugs and
alcohol with an addiction to chaos.
What Does It Mean To Be Addicted to Chaos?
An addiction to substances is often seen as being the tip of the proverbial iceberg in regards to
the deeper issues an addict has experienced in their life. For many, they come from a
background where there is great dysfunction. Whether it is personal trauma, family issues and
history with addiction, or mental illness, many who experience this type of environment can
come to view it as a normal part of everyday lifeand they will resort to substance use in order
to help “make sense of things”.
When the addict undergoes drug treatment and starts to get sober, a couple of things can occur.
First, the addict experiences anxiety in regards to the scope of the deeper underlying issues that
lie at the root of their addiction. Secondly, they may gravitate towards any drama that may be
occurring in their lives as a coping mechanism to deal with that anxiety. If underlying issues go
unresolved during treatment and carry over into their recovery outside of rehab, those new in
sobriety will continue to seek out chaosand in many ways can be addicted to chaos.
The concept of chaos addiction may be more difficult to grasp due to its abstract nature, but the
addictive patterns it demonstrates in a person’s behavior can have similarities to more
commonlyknown addictive behavior. Because of these similarities, people who are in recovery
can take steps to minimize the phenomenon of chaos in addiction.
Tips to Managing An Addiction to Chaos
Seek Professional Mental Health Help
For those who may be showing the signs of chaos addiction in their recovery, the first thing that
must be done is to seek the help of an experienced mental health provider. These professionals
can perform comprehensive evaluations in order to identify any underlying disorders that may
have gone undiagnosed. With a proper diagnosis, the appropriate mental health interventions
can be implemented along with any complimentary substance abuse interventions.
Engage in Mindful Meditation Practices
Learning mindful meditation techniques have long been a staple of life and coping skills
education at many drug rehab centers. Easy to master, meditation allows people dealing with
anxiety and stress to focus their thinking in the present moment. When someone engages in
meditative practices, it invokes a parasympathetic response from the body which lowers heart
rate, blood pressure and it decreases the production of stress hormones in the body.
Learning to Identify Relationships, Environment and Circumstances That Promote Chaos
People in recovery who find themselves becoming addicted to chaos need to have the same
mindset they adopted during treatment, which is to avoid the people, places and things that
cause chaos in their lives. There needs to be a clear identification of what causes dysfunction in
one’s daily life. While it may not be possible to avoid these situations, those who are in recovery
from substance abuse need to find healthy and proactive ways to deal with the stress and
anxiety that accompany chaos.
Learning to Set Boundaries
A common thread for those who are addicted to chaos is the fact they were raised in a home
environment in which personal boundaries were not respected. To minimize chaos in recovery,
those who are newly recovering need to learn ways to set limits where others are not able to
overstep their bounds. For example, if someone is speaking to a person who is highly negative
of themselves or others, they must learn to redirect the conversation to a more positive place or
leave that conversation altogether.
Chaotic Behavior Needs to Be Seen as Relapse Behavior
There are many in recoveryespecially early in recovery who view a relapse has a sudden
event. In reality, relapse is the result of a myriad of behaviors that occur for a significant period
before the actual relapse event. For those in recovery who allow chaos to control their life, they
need to immediately recognize that the anxiety and stress they are feeling are telltale signs that
a return to active substance use may be near. With that recognition, they can take the necessary
steps to get stable.
Has Your Life Spiraled Out of Control Because of Drug and Alcohol Addiction? Call Valley Hope Association Today!
Has your drug and alcohol use creating a cycle of dysfunction in your life that is too
overwhelming to handle? Don’t wait another day to address your substance abuse issues; take
back control of your life and call the addiction professionals at Valley Hope Association. For
nearly 50 years, Valley Hope Association has provided addicts with the proven and effective
treatment programming and expert care they need to break free from substance abuse for life
Make your recovery a reality today by calling Valley Hope Association tollfree at 1-800-544-5101
Norton is the original Valley Hope. The first patient was admitted on August 15, 1967. Valley Hope has grown since that time, currently having nine residential treatment centers and numerous outpatient offices in seven states. However, at Norton Valley Hope, the treatment is as close to the original Valley Hope philosophy as is possible. Norton Valley Hope truly provides a “family” experience for those patients who attend treatment there.
Norton Valley Hope is a free standing substance abuse facility with 56 beds providing treatment to patients ages 16 and up. We have nursing staff around the clock helping our patients recover. We offer detox, residential and partial levels of care seven days per week. We also offer family support and education, believing that substance abuse has an overwhelming impact on everyone in the family. We have found that individuals whose families are involved in treatment have a higher sobriety rate.
Norton Valley Hope is contracted with most major medical insurance companies and works diligently to offer payment plans for those who cannot afford the full cost of treatment up front. We also provide a very competitively priced traditional care program for those patients who will be paying out-of-pocket but desire a 30 day treatment stay.
Our 12 Step based approach includes providing each patient with an individual counselor, group counselor, and chaplain. Our chaplains are nondenominational with a focus on spirituality and the concept of a higher power. The length of stay at Norton Valley Hope is variable and based upon each patient’s recovery needs.
What many patients indicate that they like best about being at Norton Valley Hope, other than our treatment and services, is the town of Norton itself. It is a friendly little town in the North-Western corner of the state. Sometimes being in rural Kansas is looked on as a negative, but where addiction is involved, we can treat the disease removed from, and uninterrupted by the hustle and bustle of the chaotic addicted lifestyle. The town is quiet and peaceful which also lends to the spirit of recovery. Likewise, the people at the local AA, NA, and Al-Anon meetings are helpful and supportive, as well.
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