Is Success Even Possible in Overcoming Addictions?

Is Success Even Possible in Overcoming Addictions?

An insight into possibilities: Overcoming addictions with unique recovery and treatment options and choices.

Addiction is a brain disease. Having an addiction is a medical condition. It is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw.

It takes more than willpower alone to overcome addiction. When you abuse drugs or alcohol, extreme changes occur in your brain’s chemistry.

In turn, these changes cause a powerful compulsion to use as well as intense cravings for your substance of choice. These changes make sobriety seem nearly impossible.

The good news is that recovery is never out of reach. With the right support and treatment, change is possible.

The First Step to Recovery

The first step to recovery is to want to change. After all, where there is a will, there is a way.

To ensure you have long-lasting results, you will want to start off by analyzing the role addiction plays in your life.

You can do this by keeping track of your drug/alcohol usage including how much and when you use. This information will help you determine how much of a problem your substance abuse is.

Another thing you can do while contemplating sobriety is to list all the pros and cons of quitting.

Alternatively, you will also want to evaluate the costs and benefits of continued usage. You will want to consider things that are important to you like your family, health, career and so forth.

Finally, asking yourself if anything is preventing you from changing can give you true insight into exactly what needs to be done to ensure having long-lasting results.

5 Steps to Recovery:

  1. Remind yourself why you want and need to change
  2. Analyze previous recovery attempts and what worked for you then and what did not work for you.
  3. Set specific, attainable, and measurable goals for yourself.
  4. Remove any reminders of substance abuse from your living environment including paraphernalia.
  5. Be honest with your family and friends. Let them know what you are going through and ask them for their help.

Addiction Treatment Options:

After you have decided you want to commit to recovery, it is time to think about your options for treatment. There are several key components of recovery, such as:

  • Detoxification: This is typically the first step of the process. It can last anywhere from 5 days to two weeks. It is where you manage the withdrawal symptoms and get the substance out of your body.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Counseling: This is where you spend time identifying the cause of your substance abuse, repair broken relationships and discover how to use healthier coping methods.
  • Medication Management: This is when you possibly use medications to manage the withdrawal symptoms and treat any co-occurring psychiatric problems like anxiety or depression.
  • Long-Term Care & Follow-Ups: Staying in a regular program for an extended period helps prevent relapses and allows you to maintain your sobriety. This can involve going to regular online and in-person meetings to keep yourself on track.

What to Think about When Considering Treatment

When considering treatment, it is essential to recognize that it is not one size fits all. Everyone has different needs.

It doesn’t matter if you have a problem with alcohol or prescription or illegal drugs, addiction treatment needs to be tailored to fit your situation. It is crucial that you find a program that is right for you.

Additionally, you want your treatment to address the cause of your addiction. Addiction affects your relationships, career, psychological well-being and health. The success of treatment depends on discovering a new lifestyle.

Understanding why you started using alcohol or drugs in the first place will help you not make the same mistakes again.

Finally, follow-through and commitment are vital to your success in a drug treatment program. It is not an easy or quick process.

In general, the more intense and longer the substance use, the more you’ll need treatment for it. Long-term and continuous care is essential for a long-lasting recovery.

Different Types of Treatment Programs

There are many resources available to help you overcome your addiction.

Not everyone requires a supervised detox or extended stay in rehab.

Getting the care you require depends on numerous factors such as your age, medical history, drug use history, and potential psychiatric conditions.

In addictions to psychologists and doctors, there are many social workers, counselors, and clergy members that offer treatment for addiction.

  • Residential Treatment: Residential treatment means getting away from work, school, family, friends, and addiction triggers. You will live at the treatment facility while undergoing intensive residential treatment that can last from a few days to many months.
  • Partial Hospitalization: Partial hospitalization or day treatment is for individuals who need continuous medical monitoring, but still want to live at home. These types of programs usually meet at the treatment center for 8 hours. It is a lot like going to school, except you are helping yourself heal.
  • Outpatient Treatment Programs: Outpatient programs are not a live-in treatment plan. These outpatient programs are scheduled around your things like school or work. Usually, you spend time receiving treatment for a few hours during the day but do not stay overnight. The primary focus of an outpatient treatment program is relapse prevention.
  • Sober Living: Sober living communities means you live there and follow an intensive treatment program similar to a residential program.

The idea behind sober living is that you live with other people in recovery in a supportive, drug-free, and safe environment. Sober living facilities are excellent if you do not have somewhere to go or are worried that going home may result in a relapse.

When getting help for an addiction problem, it is essential to be treated for any other psychological or medical issues you may be experiencing.

To make a full recovery, you will need an integrated treatment program. An integrated treatment program means that you will be getting addiction and mental health treatment from the same provider or team.

Get Support for your Addiction

When in recovery from an addiction problem, you do not want to do it alone. It is best that you reach out for support.

It doesn’t matter what treatment you approach from inpatient hospitalizations to sober living, having a positive influence and stable support system is crucial to your success.

The more people you have that can listen to you, guide you, and encourage you, the better chance you have for recovery.

Do not be afraid to lean on family and friends for support. Having them around is a priceless asset.

You may want to consider family counseling or therapy if you are too shy to turn to them because you have let them down in the past.

In the end, it is all about building a sober network of people who share the same ideals and values as you. Having sober friends that will support you in your recovery is priceless.

If you’re having trouble finding people you may want to attend a specific AA Meetings regularly, take a class, join a volunteer group or attend events in your community.

Make your AA meetings a priority. Being involved in a 12-step program and attending regular meetings is an excellent way to reinforce your recovery efforts. Being around those who know what you’re dealing with and facing is critical to your own healing.

You may also want to consider living at a sober living facility. These facilities provide you with a supportive and safe space to be while you are recovering from your addiction. They are an excellent option if you don’t have a drug-free or stable living environment.

Find Healthy Ways of Handling Stress

After you have addressed the immediate problems associated with substance abuse you will still need to deal with what led you to your addiction.

Perhaps you started using to numb a painful feeling or emotion, to calm yourself down, to unwind and relax after a bad day, or to forget about all your problems.

No matter what your reasoning when you started using, once you are sober again, those negative feelings will resurface.

To have a long-lasting recovery, you will need to resolve any underlying issues you may have that led to your drug abuse in the first place.

Upon resolving your underlying issues, you will begin to experience a wide variety of emotions from the negative like stress, anger, and loneliness, to the positive emotions like happiness, excitement, interest, hope, and so forth.

These are all normal emotions that are a part of everyday life. Finding healthy methods to cope with negative emotions as they arise is a critical part of your recovery and treatment. Here are some methods you can use to deal with your negative emotions as they arise:

  1. Get Moving: Taking a fast-paced walk for 10-20 minutes can be sufficient to relieve stress. Meditation and yoga are great stress busters. Plus, yoga allows you to connect your mind, body, and soul in a peaceful environment. It is also a great way to find balance in your life as well.
  2. Enjoy The Outdoors: Go outside and take a moment to enjoy the fresh air and warm sun. Notice the beauty in nature and consider it in detail.
  3. Play with your Pets: Animals are a lot of fun, and a great way to unwind is by petting your critter’s fur and spending time with them.
  4. Use your Sense of Smell: Take time to smell the roses and slow down your busy life. Whether you pause to get a whiff of coffee beans, flowers, or some essential oils using your sense of smell is a great way to unwind from a stressful day.
  5. Visualization: Close your eyes and think of your favorite place or a favorite memory.
  6. Stretch: Take time to stretch and relax
  7. Pamper Yourself: Get a massage or do something for yourself that is relaxing but fun. Perhaps even take a warm bubble bath.

Tips for Coping with Drug Cravings

Getting sober is only the beginning of your recovery. Your brain needs time to develop new connections. During this time your drug cravings may be intense. Here are some ways you can avoid falling victim to a relapse:

  • Stay Away from Using Buddies: Do not engage with anyone who is still drinking or using drugs. You will want to find friends that will support you versus tempting you back into the addiction lifestyle.
  • Avoid Clubs and Bars: Even if you do not have an alcohol problem, drinking impairs judgment, which can lead to relapse if you are not careful. For this reason, it is best not to drink.
  • Be Honest With Healthcare Providers: If you need any medical procedure, be upfront and use a doctor who will work with you to prescribe alternative medications or the minimum medication needed.
  • Be Cautious with Prescription Drugs: If you were addicted to something like an opioid painkiller you might need to talk to your provider about managing your pain with alternative methods.

Regardless of which substance you had problems with it is best to stay away from any narcotic medications or other drugs that have a potential for abuse including anti-anxiety drugs and painkillers.

  • Distract Yourself: If you are experiencing intense cravings, it might be best to get involved in an activity to keep your mind off the cravings. Immerse yourself in a hobby, read, surf the web, listen to music, call a friend, or see a movie. Once you are engaged in doing something else, you will find your cravings will go away much quicker.
  • Talk About It: Address your cravings by talking to your family members or friends when a craving occurs. Talking can be helpful when it comes to figuring out the reason for your cravings. Also, people find that talking about it helps them relieve the urge to use. Craving is nothing to feel sorry for; it is merely something to work though.

The trick to overcoming an addiction is never to give up, even if you have failed before. The road to recovery is not linear. It comes with many ups and downs. You may relapse, and it is necessary to recognize that what defines your recovery is not the relapse, but how you carry yourself afterward.

The trick handling a relapse while in recovery is to pick yourself up and resume your recovery. Relapsing is a part of recovery.

Getting Help

Addiction, in any form, is not only a danger to the addict but also to anyone and everyone concerned.  Immediate action is required for the safety and security of active substance abusers who will depend on it to survive.

If you, a friend, or a loved one has addiction problems you can get in touch with the Hotline at your Recovery Center and discuss the problem and possible solutions.

The staff at Chateau Recovery is always available to help you with your questions regarding addiction recovery and treatment.  Call anytime.

Chateau Recovery Center
375 Rainbow Lane

Midway, UT 84049, USA
Phone: +1 435-654-1082
http://chateaurecovery.com

Please call our toll-free helpline which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by experienced and caring professionals who can answer your questions and help you navigate through the process of evaluating and securing a treatment program.

If you or someone you love has questions concerning the rehabilitation process, call our free helpline Phone: +1 888-971-2986 for more information. Calls are always confidential, private, and secure.

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