When it comes to substance abuse problems and addiction, we can all agree that the road to recovery is not an easy one.
Those who are addicted or who have previously been addicted have tremendous hurdles to jump over that none of us who have never been addicted can genuinely understand.
The recovery process, just like anything else in life, not only takes effort, but also requires a significant amount of time, energy, and persistence.
Just because the actual physical addiction in question has stopped does not mean that the recovery process for the individual is over.
Sometimes what happens, immediately after the recovery process has taken place, or even years after the physical addiction has ended is just as important as simply ending the physical addiction in the first place.
When it comes to ending an addiction, many people succeed in the recovery process; there are also many others who fail miserably.
Those who tend to fail at the recovery process often engage in stupid and somewhat mindless behaviors and ways of thinking right after the physical addiction has ended.
These behaviors are not only unnecessary but can ruin the recovery process right after it has begun.
Acting overconfident and believing you are untouchable is one of the stupidest things that people do to mess up their recovery.
The main reason that acting overconfident and “cocky” is such a lousy behavior trait for the recovery process is that it gives people, who were previously addicted, a reason to believe that they are immune to ever becoming addicted to a substance again.
They start to believe that their previous addiction was just a “fluke,” and some of them even look down on other people who are addicted or in the recovery process.
There is no doubt that overconfident people who previously were addicted to a substance wrongly believe that since they were able to end their physical addiction, that their previous substance abuse problem is not, and never will, become a problem ever again.
But, the problem with this mindset and the actual reality of this way of thinking is that substance abuse and addiction is a mental disorder just as much as it is a physical disorder.
The mental part of addiction is one of the most significant parts of the recovery process, and even if someone who was previously addicted to a substance feels like they don’t have anything to worry about moving forward, that does not mean that they should act overconfident about the recovery process or believe they are untouchable.
Just because an individual was able to physically stop their substance abuse or addiction does not mean they are cured of what caused their addiction in the first place.
In life, each of us goes through a slew of ups and downs, and just because a previously addicted person was able to stop their addiction during an ‘up’ period, unfortunately, does not mean that they won’t feel compelled or drawn to resume their addictive tendencies during a ‘down’ period.
Overconfidence can and usually is the downfall of a previously addicted individual, and the best way for someone to stay clean and sober forever is for them always to remain humble, and to remain as clear as possible of acting overconfident or engaging in thinking processes and behaviors that are detrimental to the recovery process.
The reason why certain individuals relapse while others never do sometimes has to do with how honest they are with the other people in their lives, as well as how realistic they are with themselves about their recovery process.
These days, there is a disconcerting trend among many people who were previously addicted, and that trend is living a lie.
While positivity is an especially great trait for an individual to have while in the recovery process, lying and dishonesty are not.
In many cases, people in the recovery process who relapse tend to “overinflate” their recovery process to not only their loved ones but also, to themselves.
They might still even be engaging in their addiction of choice, but they lie and tell their loved ones that they are clean and sober, and have been for some time.
They might be telling different lies to different people in regards to their recovery process to quell any worry or sadness that their loved ones might have.
In other cases, while the individual in the recovery process has ended their physical addiction, they might still be having intense cravings for their previous addiction of choice.
And, sometimes these types of people will lie and engage in dishonest practices just to hide the fact that they are still having intense cravings.
They might act like they are overly strong and happy about their addiction ending, but secretly, they are trying to find ways to start up their addiction again without anyone noticing, or being the wiser.
When it comes to ending an addiction once and for all, the most important trait that one needs to have is honesty. One must act honestly and sincerely live an honest life.
And, this is honesty that someone has with themselves as well as how honest they are with the family, friends, and loved ones.
The recovery process is a hard enough road as it is, which means there is no reason for anyone who in the process to compound this difficulty by being dishonest and telling lies.
Not changing old habits for the better is another problem that can ruin the recovery process for a slew of previously addicted individuals.
We are all a product of what we do day in and day out, essentially our habits, our environment, what we spend the most time doing, and who we spend the most time with.
This is why it is especially important that anyone in the recovery process learns to positively change their habits and way of life for the better, and remember never to revert to their “old” ways.
The reason someone in the recovery process changes their old habits for the better is so important is because many people, especially those who were previously addicted, tend to believe that they are an island, and they also think that once they have ended their physical addictive behaviors, they are free and clear from now on.
But, the truth is that this often not the case at all or for the future of a previously addicted individual.
Addictive behavior is very much social and emotional behavior. This can mean that if someone who was previously addicted hangs out with the same crowd, lives and works in the same environment, and engages in the same behaviors as previously, their old habit will be able to quietly creep back into their lives in a reasonably easy and quick manner.
And, this is why the adage holds, that the recovery process does not end when the physical addiction ends.
Once physical dependence has stopped, it is up to the individual to start making the appropriate changes in their life. These changes include changing their old and previously negative habits for the better, which also means to improve their environment, their ways of thinking, their behaviors, and usually the people that they are spending the most time with.
This attitude goes along with the overconfidence problem.
If a previously addicted individual believes that they don’t need to keep on working to improve their lives, their habits, and themselves, they will usually fall into their old habits and behaviors again.
The old saying rings true in this case, ‘old habits DO die hard,’ and this saying has a lot to do with the reason why so many people who are in recovery process will relapse, seemingly out of nowhere and without notice.
When those who were previously addicted have already ended their physical addiction once and for all, relapse usually tends to occur when they do not fully commit to changing and improving their lives for the better.
And, for those who do end up relapsing in the short or long-term usually never entirely focused on being positive and truthful, and living their lives with a renewed sense of joy, full of healthy habits and behaviors.
In all actuality, those who relapse usually tend to think that they could end their physical addiction, be on their way, get on with their life, and make no further changes whatsoever. And, the harsh reality is that this is just not the case!
The biggest problem with addiction is that when people who were previously addicted make no positive or lasting changes and improvements in their lives and don’t work on constantly changing themselves as well as their previous destructive behaviors, then they probably will end up relapsing in no time at all.
And, while this fact of life is unfortunate and heartbreaking, it is just the reality of addiction and the situation at hand.
There is no doubt that addiction is a real problem that affects millions of people around the world, it is also an intense and potentially life-threatening problem that leads to sadness, despair, depression, loss, and negativity.
When those that are still in the recovery process fail to take their previous addiction seriously, then they might not realize the stronghold that their past addiction of choice still has on them, even many years down the road.
And, when they don’t take that point seriously, they usually find themselves relapsing swiftly, and without a second thought.
The biggest and most important secret for those who want to uphold their sobriety for as long as possible is for them to work on much more than just ending their physical addiction.
These previously addicted individuals must go into their recovery process with a vengeance. They must be determined never to stop trying and not to fail.
They must also make sure that they are learning along the way and working on many things outside of their physical addiction itself, such as improving their mental health state, their inner strength aptitude, their overall attitude, their immediate outside environment, their habits, and more.
They must also be taking notice, and learning to improve what they are doing each day, what they are thinking, what they are saying, and what they feel since this is the ultimate importance.
When it comes to addiction recovery as a whole, the reality is that it is no easy task.
And, for anyone going through the process, there is a tremendous toll taken since it is both a physical and mental problem.
The reality is that the recovery process is not for the faint of heart, and while the road to recovery is possible, success without relapse will only occur when the right behaviors, habits, and precautions have all taken place.
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