Former child actress and one of the stars of the hit reality TV series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kim Richards has been hospitalized for substance abuse treatment. Richards has claimed to have been clean and sober since her alcohol addiction program three years ago but received plenty of attention and speculation regarding her sobriety after weeks of erratic behavior which was even apparent on the television series. Her odd behavior was even the cause of an altercation between her sister and co-star, Kyle Richards and co-star Brandi Glanville.
Finally, Kyle Richards sent her sister to substance abuse treatment for addiction relapse. Kim explained that she had suffered from a bad bout of pneumonia and bronchitis for weeks and so she took a prescription painkiller to help her manage pain symptoms. She admitted it was a lapse in judgment to take a painkiller despite being in recovery and that she didn’t think about the consequences for her sobriety or the effect it may have had on her.
Recovery is Not a Destination
Kim Richards is not alone in disrupting her sobriety by taking one pill, using one drug or having one drink. This is a very common way for clients to experience a relapse especially when clients begin to feel as if they have been “cured”. Feeling as if you are cured makes it easy to feel as if you may use a substance without any of the repercussions or reactions you have experienced in the past.
There is no cure for addiction. Recovery allows you to lead a healthier and more productive life but it is a process and not a final destination. This means that you must continue to work on maintaining your recovery long after substance abuse treatment in order to experience continued success.
Maintaining an Active Recovery
There are many things you can do to maintain a strong, healthy and active recovery. It is recommended that you continue to attend support group meetings on a regular basis in order to continue to receive and offer valuable recovery support from your substance abuse treatment peers. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is vital for your recovery as a healthy mindset and living conditions are not conducive to addiction. Continue to take great care of yourself through a healthy diet, exercise and a proper sleep schedule. Remember that no longer you have been recovered, relapse is always a possibility. Work to ward off a relapse by using your relapse prevention strategies on a daily basis.
Long-term recovery success is possible. Nurture your recovery with the right processes and tools and remember that using even a single substance indicates relapse.
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