How Can Addiction Recovery Change Your Life?

20. October 2015

When someone makes the decision to start the road of addiction recovery they are taking the first step towards an amazing new life. Drug addiction is a huge issue throughout the world, it claims thousands of lives in the United States every year when someone enters addiction recovery they are preventing themselves from becoming a statistic. Recovery from addiction is no easy task, the disease of addiction is a very complex and dynamic process that encompasses all aspects of one’s body. Addiction recovery requires one to work on their physical health, their mental health and their social behaviors, if someone wishes to be successful and gain long term recovery it is necessary for them to work on improving all things.

The Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health Institute defines recovery as “Recovery is a goal of addiction treatment and addiction recovery-oriented systems of care are being developed to support that goal. Addicts who no longer use drugs and are trying to pursue an improved way of living/being say that they are in recovery.” Addiction recovery is more than just not using drugs anymore, it is a new way of life. When one is out there using drugs they tend to put every other aspect of their lives to the side. The drugs become what is most important, more important than food, more important than shelter and more important that our loved ones; it is all that matters.

How to Enter Addiction Recovery

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Most addicts will start their road to addiction recovery by entering into an inpatient detox center. Getting physically off of drugs can be an extremely painful and difficult to come off of. Going through a medical detox center will help decrease the amount of physical pain associated with the detox and will also help reduce the chances of a medical emergency, such as a seizure occurring. Doctors and nurses are able to help with the detox by administering medications that help with the entire withdrawal process.

After successful completion of an inpatient drug detox center, it is a smart idea to enter into an inpatient drug rehab center. In the inpatient drug rehab, center addicts will learn more about themselves and about the disease of addiction. It is also a safe environment that will allow the mind to clear up from the drugs that have damaged it for so long. As the mind clears it will become more accepting of new ideas and ultimately a new way of life. Once an addict has completed n inpatient rehab center they will typically have around 30-60 days clean, allowing them to put everything they have into their aftercare and their addiction recovery.

Once inpatient rehab is completed the aftercare process begins, aftercare can include a variety of different things, from intensive outpatient, to sober houses and sober support groups like N.A and S.M.A.R.T Recovery. Coping skills and life skills will continue to improve through the recovery process, with hard work and daily energy being devoted to addiction recovery anything is possible. As you may have noticed addiction recovery is a process that takes dedication, that dedication can ultimately save lives.

SAMHSA also known as the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration but together twelve guidelines for addiction recovery:

  • There are many pathways to recovery.
  • Recovery is self-directed and empowering.
  • Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.
  • Recovery is holistic.
  • Recovery has cultural dimensions.
  • Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.
  • Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
  • Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.
  • Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition.
  • Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.
  • Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community.
  • Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen.

Recovery is a process that will help better the life of those who are struggling and the lives of all of their loved ones. When in the midst of addiction one can forget that their choices are not only affecting them, they are affecting the lives of everyone they come in contact with. By choosing to enter into addiction recovery they are making the choice to not only better their lives, but the lives of those around them

How Can I Get Help for My Loved One?

If you are seeking help for a loved one who is currently struggling with drug addiction and are thinking about entering into addiction recovery then please do not hesitate to call. If they have refused help in the past consider hiring an interventionist to help with the process. If you need help finding an interventionist or just need someone to help get your loved one on the right track please feel free to reach out to us today. You can call us toll-free at 1-877-478-4621 Help is out there, an intervention can make all the difference in whether your loved one will agree to turn their life around.