Recovery from addiction can be defined as the process whereby a self proclaimed addict or alcoholic is actively participating in a program to help insure they abstain from using any mood-altering substances. The process is not easy. Much has been written and debated on this vital, life-saving phenomenon. It is a process because there is so much to learn and the path never really ends.
Many things in the addicted person’s life need to be closely examined and changed to insure a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle is obtained and maintained. There are different ways to obtain and sustain abstinence from alcohol and drug abuse. There are alternatives to the 12-step path as it does not necessarily work for everyone. We encourage people from looking at all the options available and choosing the one they feel is right for them.
Recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction means a person is in some stage of actively abstaining from substance abuse. Most would agree recovery is a lifelong process. It generally starts with detox and rehab.
After treatment a person may go to a sober living environment and join a support group.Supports groups are usually 12-Step oriented such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. There are also several “non 12-Step” organizations available now.
Recovery means the person is actively participating in their own self-growth and development. Today, successful recovery from drug addiction is happening to millions of Americans. Recovery is the means of keeping addiction in remission by “working a program”.
The Step by Step Process of Recovery
Recovery starts with a person’s willingness to admit they have a problem. Most drug addicts live in a state known as "denial". Meaning they are denying to themselves and others the degree to which they are abusing drugs. Without the addict’s cooperation and commitment to the process, no real lasting success can occur. It is a process, not a destination. It starts with admitting they have a problem and then moves in the direction of learning about addiction and practicing the principles required.
Here are the basic steps which most people take to become and stay drug-free and in recovery:
- honestly admit there is a problem
- become willing to take action
- detox – medically monitored withdrawal from all the substances
- some form of assessment and evaluation
- determine what level of rehabilitation needed
- enroll in the right, best drug rehab available
- attend and fully participate in an initial rehab program
- plan, enroll and participate in a continuing plan of rehabilitation
- Find NA or other 12-step meetings and do a meeting every day for 90 straight days
- Work the 12-steps or some other support group’s program and make staying clean the #1 priority
Alcoholism and addiction are fatal diseases.
Thanks to several key pioneers some 75 years ago, drug addiction was reclassified, and people are now allowed to be treated medically rather than just psychologically. There is no known "cure" for addiction. Putting it and keeping it in remission is the only known way to overcome it. Addiction is a disease that cannot be cured. Some people can stay off drugs without actively participating in a program, but they are rare and at high risk of relapsing.
How to Find the Right Drug Rehab Center
Choosing the right drug program is extremely important. It can mean the difference between being successful in staying clean and sober or not which is life or death. Finding the right rehab facility starts with narrowing the filed down to 3-4 programs that accept your health insurance. Then match up the strengths of each of them with the person’s needs and preferences.
Here’s a list of the steps:
- find 3-5 good treatment centers that accept your type of health insurance
- research each one carefully to see which offers the best therapy and care
- match up your needs and preferences against each facility
- take to the admission’s staff there and ask a lot of good questions
- write down the pros and cons of going to each one
- talk to a person you trust and make a good well thought out decision