“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” - Johnny Cash
The road to recovery can be fraught with pitfalls and setbacks and staying on the road will take commitment and support. The journey will cause you to examine the root of your addiction, the triggers and the pitfalls. But, once you are willing and ready to change, you’re on your way. Now don’t look back.
Living a life of sobriety means you will need to find new ways of dealing with stress, how you think about yourself, what you do in your free time and sometimes, even the people you hang with. It’s also normal to feel conflicted about giving up your drug of choice, even when you know it’s causing problems in your life. Recovery requires time, motivation, and support, and its okay to consider your situation before you make the commitment to change.
Drug and alcohol addiction treatment should address more than just your drug abuse; because addiction affects everything and everyone in your life. That includes your relationships, your career, your health, and your psychological well-being. Successful treatment depends on you being able to develop a new way of healthy living as well as addressing the root reasons of why you turned to drugs or alcohol in the first place. In many cases, drug and alcohol dependency develop from an inability to manage stress. This means you’ll need to find healthier ways to handle stressful situations and your drug rehab should address these habits…
Commitment and follow-through are key. Drug addiction treatment is not a quick and easy process. In general, the longer and more intense the drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment you’ll need. And in all cases, long-term follow-up care is crucial to recovery.
There are many places to turn for help. Not everybody requires medically supervised detox or an extended stint in rehab. The care you need depends on a variety of factors, including your age, drug-use history, medical or psychiatric conditions. In addition to doctors and psychologists, many clergy members, social workers, and counselors offer addiction treatment services.
As you seek help for your drug and alcohol addiction, it’s also important to get treatment for other medical or psychological issues you’re experiencing. The highest rate for recovery is when you find a source that will provide an integrated treatment. This means getting combined mental health and addiction treatment from the same treatment provider or team.
Look for support from close friends and family. Having the emotional support of your friends and family members will be one of your most valuable assets in your recovery. If you’re reluctant to turn to your loved ones for whatever reason then search out a relationship counseling or family therapist. Most facilities offer counseling services.
To truly succeed you will need to build a sober social network. If your previous social life revolved around drugs and alcohol, you may need to make some new connections. It’s important to have sober friends who will support your recovery. Other ways of making new connections can be as simple as taking a class, joining a church or a civic group, volunteering, or attending other events in your community.
Many communities and treatment facilities offer a sober living home. Sober living homes provide a safe, supportive place to live while you’re recovering from drug addiction. These are an excellent option especially if you don’t have a stable home or a drug-free living environment.
Find AA meetings or other support groups and make them a priority. Joining a recovery support group and attending meetings regularly is essential to a successful road to recovery. Spending time with people who understand what you’re going through can be very healing and supportive. You can also benefit from the shared experiences of the group members and learn what others have done to stay sober.