Road to Recovery

The path to recovery is a long and arduous one that requires time, dedication and support. Because the source of addiction (abuse, stress, anxiety) varies greatly between addicts, the road to recovery will also differ for each individual. Some may relapse, others may struggle through the process and some may quit cold turkey. The approach can change, but there are typically five stages of recovery for everyone.

Awareness & Early Acknowledgement

Awareness isn’t typically something addicts realize on their own. Family and friends are usually involved and help the addict make the realization that they need to make some changes. This is by far the most important step in the recovery process. The individual needs to realize they have a problem before they can attempt to fix it. After months or years of denial, it can be tough to acknowledge that they have a problem, but encouragement can help.


The next step on the road to recovery involves taking action. While the addict has acknowledged their problem, they must now establish that they are indeed ready to take the necessary steps to recovery. This step typically involves getting education around the impact addiction has on both their life and those around them. This allows the individual to see beyond their pain and address how their actions have negatively affected friends and family.

Exploring Recovery

After consideration comes the exploration phase. This includes actions such as looking into moderation and/or abstinence. Education plays a big part here as the addict is truly considering a sober life, talking to friends and family who may have been through a similar struggle and gathering important information.

Early Recovery

Next is early recovery. While it may seem like the appropriate time to celebrate, there is still significant risk, namely relapse. In this stage, addicts have stopped using substances and remain substance free. They are building a new life, which can be trying in itself. They are leaving behind people that had a negative influence on them, substances and a lifestyle.

Relapse can be common in this stage since addicts haven’t yet learned how to avoid slipping back into old ways. However, for those that don’t relapse, this can be a great place to learn new ways to cope with life’s stressors.

Active Recovery & Maintenance

The final step is a lifelong process to maintain sobriety. The individual realizes that their work is never done and that relapse could be just around the corner. To maintain their sober lifestyles, individuals monitor their thoughts and actions and keep a close support system. This support system can be elemental in staying sober even when temptation arises. This stage begins the rest of an individual’s life, their new life, to ongoing recovery.

Recovery is a long process for both the addict and those around them, but with a strong support system, a solid recovery program and dedication, recovery can be achieved.

Addiction is a serious health problem that oftentimes requires the help of friends, family and a treatment center. Red Hawk Recovery offers a solid solution in Atlanta for sober living. Reach out today at 865.441.1020 or 404.906.8646.

Sober Living Becoming a Popular Solution

Sober Living Environments (SLEs) are defined as facilities used by people recovering from substance abuse which serve as an interim environment between rehab and their future lives. Sober Living Environments grew out of a need to have safe and supportive places in which people could live while they were in recovery. They are primarily meant to provide housing for people who have just come out of rehab (or recovery centers) and need a place to live that is structured and supporting for those in recovery. (Wikipedia)

Sober living homes started in the 1970s on the west coast; however, much has changed about the way they operate. Standards can vary greatly and it is important that the recovering addict choose a sober living facility that focuses on a high quality of care for its residents. Anyone can rent out a room and designate themselves as providing “sober living”, “recovery residences”, “halfway house”, “transition housing”, etc. A recovering addict deserves much more than a roof over their head while they are continuing their recovery journey following treatment or detox.

People seeking a safe haven in recovery housing deserve house rules and regulations, safety and maintenance requirements, adequate and competent staff members, proper documentation, collaboration efforts between staff members and other members of the resident’s recovery team and family members, positive and supportive community relationships, recreational activities that promote team building, structured scheduling that supports involvement in the 12-step community and meeting attendance, and continued personal growth.

The founders of Red Hawk Recovery offer a solid solution in Atlanta sober living. Contact us today at 865- 441-1020 or 404-906-8646.

Heroin Epidemic in North Fulton County

A comprehensive study of the heroin problem in north Fulton county was undertaken during 2015, commissioned by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and conducted by Applied Research Services, Incorporated. The study consisted of an exhaustive search of relevant media and professional literature, collection of relevant data regarding the nature and extent of heroin use and its impacts, meetings and contacts with key stakeholders, and two dozen interviews with parents who have lost children to heroin overdoses, treatment providers, law enforcement officials, and community leaders.

Study findings document in stark detail the rapid rise of heroin use in north Fulton and surrounding northern tier counties over the past three to five years. The impacts of this rise are readily apparent in an alarming rise in overdose deaths due to heroin and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid often combined with heroin and having deadly consequences. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office recorded a total of four heroin deaths in 2010, as compared to 31 in 2013 and 77 in 2014. Trends suggest that heroin overdoses recorded in the Grady Hospital Emergency Department in 2015 will be almost double what they experienced in 2013. The impacts are undoubtedly felt most acutely by family members and friends who have lost loved ones to heroin overdoses. Law enforcement officials, treatment providers, and community leaders see first‐hand the impacts of heroin in their communities, with a number of law enforcement officials in north Fulton County now seeing heroin as their primary drug problem. The palpable sense of urgency expressed by those interviewed for this study as well as a host of community leaders in metropolitan Atlanta are indeed well founded.

Heroin/Opiate addiction is clearly becoming an epidemic in North Fulton. Recovery residences can assist in providing the solution needed between treatment/detox for heroin/opiate addicts wanting long-term sobriety. Red Hawk Recovery can help. Contact us today at 865-441-1020 or 404-906-8646.