Medical DirectorMark Leeds, D.O. | Podcast: The Rehab

Have you already tried everything without success?

There is a saying in the rooms of recovery that you have arrived at the last house on the block. The saying means that you have tried everything and now you are at the place of last resort.

When it comes to addiction and alcoholism, quitting can be hard. It can be the hardest thing you ever do in your life.

Staying quit is not easy either. It requires lifelong vigilance, remembering that you can always end up back where you started.

Sometimes, you may even hear a group member share an extended version of the saying. They may say that they are sitting in the last chair in the last room of the last house on the block.

What about you? Is this really your last hope for success?

Have you tried everything? Did psychiatry fail you? How many psychiatrists did you see? What about an addiction specialist or a doctor of psychology?

How about medical therapy? For alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder, there are medical treatments that can help.

Medical therapy has a higher success rate than group support meetings when it comes to alcohol treatment and opioid addiction treatment. You may have heard otherwise, but medication-assisted treatment works. It is not, as they say, trading one drug for another.

Are you in the right place for you?

We are all different. People who struggle with addiction may not all be in the same place.

You may benefit from another type of support group. Or, coaching, therapy, or medical treatment may work best. You may find that a combination of approaches is the best solution.

Just because something works for one person does not mean it is the answer for another person. When you are sitting in that chair in a meeting, you may not be in the same place as that person who is in the last chair in the last room in the last house on the block.

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