Addiction is the compulsive, chronic, physiological, psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior or activity and there are harmful consequences for the habit. Addiction can lead to a lot of emotional health, mental health issues and eventually social trauma. It’s a vicious circle.
Making the decision to overcome addiction and getting out of that vicious circle is the first step towards the road to recovery. Irrespective of the type of addiction (alcohol or drugs), the addicts always struggle with internal conflict about how to overcome their weakness and continue their efforts to win this battle. Addiction is like a storm that is hitting their lives and loved ones. It makes the person weak, emotionally unstable, and stressful. The realization of an abnormal life and their habit disrupting the lives of loved ones is a wake up – also the first step towards the road to recovery. All of these people need some support, help and medical attention, so that they can lead a normal life and realize their full potential. Addiction should not limit the growth and wellbeing.
Path to recovery is not an easy road, in fact it is a roller coaster ride. It’s a long road but there is light at the end of the tunnel. One must have clear goals and be mindful of the behavior during the journey and seek help.
The journey for overcoming addiction can be broken down into following Four steps:
1. Acknowledging the Problems
It is being observed and studies have proved that many people don’t realize that their addiction is causing a lot of problems in their lives until they hit the rock bottom. At times these individuals are living in the state of denial, and they don’t realize that addiction is a problem, and they are already suffering from this. Acknowledging the problem can put them towards road to recovery.
2. Getting the Support:
Talking it out is potentially the second step towards the road to recovery. Speaking to people you can trust about your addiction, developing a network of peers or joining a peer group (family, friends or role models) who can give you confidence and keep you motivated and be a support in your battle.
3. Finding Treatment:
Getting professional help is the most critical step to overcome addiction. Trained healthcare providers who can provide supervised medical help and emotional support to bring the life back on normal track for an addict.
Addiction not only affect your physical health but also your mental and emotional health. Doctors and therapists at the recovery centers not only help you regain your physiological health back but also help you heal emotionally. Mind and body healing is a wholistic healing. This would help you regain confidence in oneself.
4. Maintaining Sobriety:
Getting clean is only one aspect of overcoming addiction but the next and the most difficult step is staying sober and maintaining one’s sobriety. This is the most critical aspect in an addict individual’s recovery. This requires the most courage, emotional strength and support from family, friends, peer group and society at large. As there are chances of relapse after the treatment. In a pursuit of recovery, the recovering individual is supposed to be mindful of one’s behavior. Staying in outpatient recovery and therapy is very critical. It can be done in person or via tele-health.
The decision about getting on the path of recovery and overcoming addiction is not an easy decision. This requires a person of grit, determination, and courage. The person needs to get out of hopeless thought process and become hopeful.
Recovery starts from within, as desire to live better and be a better person. With the correct treatment and support network one can achieve the goal of being sober.
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