Though it is commonly thought that stopping addictions to alcohol and drugs will make life so much better, it is unfortunately not the whole answer. Yes, some things will improve immediately (goodbye hangovers!), but putting down one’s substance of choice is probably the easiest part of the process. The havoc addictions wreak on the lives of the addict as well as on those of his family and friends becomes frustratingly apparent soon thereafter. Addicts don’t become addicted overnight, so maybe it’s unreasonable to believe that unraveling the mess left in the wake will happen quickly or easily, either, we recommend recovery help. That is why those who are successful in maintaining sobriety not only abstain, but they also practice recovery.
How do I find Help, then?
Whether you are a parent or spouse of an addict that needs help, or you are the addict yourself, there may be specific issues you need to address. Because one size does not fit all for treatment, you may have specific questions or needs in seeking recovery help. Since our staff is made up primarily of people in varying stages of recovery who dedicate their time and service to help others understand its concepts, we understand why this is a necessary part of maintaining abstinence. Ideally, tailoring recovery options to fit the individual is one more way to ensure one has the best start on his journey to sober living.
Those who wish to find more specific information may read further in one or more of these categories:
- Why Does Addiction Happen
- Ways to Help a Loved one Begin an Alcohol and Drug Rehab Program
- I’m a friend or family member of someone who is currently in recovery – what can I do to help?
- I’m a family member of someone who is not in recovery, but is not using
- Someone I know is struggling with recovery – how hard can it be? Will they relapse without it?
- Someone I know has been in treatment but is struggling – how can I help? When will they be done?
- Someone I know has been sober before, but recovery didn’t work. Why didn’t it take?
- I’m a family member or friend of someone who has been through many treatment centers but continues to relapse. Is it hopeless?
- I’m a professional and can’t risk losing my job. Is there a way to assure privacy?
- I’ve never been in treatment and don’t know anything about recovery. Why isn’t just stopping enough?
- How to show your support for recovering alcohol and drug addicts
- Physical Health Issues in Recovery
- Prescription Pills in Recovery
- Emotional Health Issues in Sobriety
- Abuse Issues in Recovery
Why is Recovery help Important?
Those who have never been there assume recovery help happens as soon as the addict has detoxed. Recovery help is different than just abstinence. Recovery help is actually a continual process that should accompany abstinence. Without dealing with the underlying issues of their addiction, as well as addressing lifestyle changes, chances for long term sobriety are slim. There are reasons people become addicted in the first place. Reasons that make escaping into the lull of mood altering substances so much better than facing reality. There is a common saying – “sober up a horse thief and what you get is a sober horse thief!”- that helps to illustrate what the issues of recovery are.
The addict has been living life under a primal need to find ways to get and ingest his substance for so long that normalcy has been engulfed in that need. What motivates non addicts no longer comes into play for the addict. Things like relationships, keeping commitments, earning a living, making healthy choices, and personal freedoms have become a thing of the past for the addict, as well as the common values of integrity, morals, honesty, transparency and accountability. It isn’t that the addict is a “bad” person. It’s just that the need to consume morphs everything else – like a starving person who will steal or do whatever it takes to eat – to fill that pervasive need.
There are so Many Questions…
The facets of recovery are so numerous, it’s almost impossible to list them. But it is possible to list some of what may be gained when an addict is committed to recovery help.
These gains include:
- freedom to make choices and again have peace of mind
- freedom from guilt and shame
- the ability to find pleasure again in life’s experiences
- the ability to be honest and gain a degree of transparency
- freedom from the need to dominate or control
- freedom from self pity
- a new capacity for problem solving
- freedom from the need for immediate gratification
- a degree of self-esteem long ago lost
- the ability to break the cycle of addiction that often runs in families
While these things are naturally learned throughout normal life processes, for the addict, learning these things happens slowly over time, and will most likely be heard from the voices of other addicts who have been there. Family members have tried help to no avail, because what goes on for the addict is irrational to non-addicts. One addict can understand another, because they have both existed in the same type of insanity and rationalization that normal adults don’t. Recovery help can be a reality if the addict is willing to commit to recovery.
Whatever path to recovery you choose, our staff has access to hundreds of treatment centers to assure the best personalized treatment for you, then with continued follow up to help you make the transition to sober living as seamless as possible.
Our trained staff of professionals are qualified to help you assess what type of treatment will be the best fit to ensure you or your loved one gets the help you need.
But how does one go about finding the right program?
If this all looks very overwhelming....it is! But that's what we are here for. Call us at 888-205-8608 and we can help make this process much easier. We will narrow down all of these aspects and find the best program for you or your loved one with all your concerns considered. It's as simple as making that first call. And the best part is that we are a free service. The road to recovery starts here!
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