Are you finding it difficult to deal with any personal challenges? Need help to manage depression or a longstanding mental condition? Are you struggling to recover from substance abuse or alcohol addiction? Or do you have a loved one affected by any of these situations? Once you or your loved ones have accepted that you need help to deal with this, you are on the right track to recovery. But what does recovery generally mean and what does it involve?
Recovering from addictions is a process and not the endpoint
Recovery is not only associated with fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous with the 12 step program. Recovering addicts may identify to recovery in different ways. For some addicts, it can be abstinence from substances like drugs or alcohol, whereas for others it can be an overall sense of well-being, and living their life more productively.
Recognizing the need for recovery
Prolonged drug and alcohol misuse often negatively affects all aspects of a person’s relational functioning. The person’s decision to initiate recovery can happen when they don’t like where their life is going or when they get tired of the drug or alcohol-induced life. It happens when they get the desire to get better. This can also be when they become aware of and feel concerned about the consequences of substance use on oneself and on others around them.
Steps to recovery
Recovery usually starts with the recognition of the problem, a need for self-improvement, reaching out for help and regularly following the interventions in general. It involves learning to live drug or alcohol-free. It is a process of continuously working on oneself.
Identifying the right recovery process
Based on the type of and length of addiction, the recovery process, therapy or treatment can be planned, using a holistic approach. Some of the various treatment approaches are cognitive behavioral therapy, individual or group therapy sessions, counseling, and many other holistic approaches.
What else does recovery involve?
Besides abstinence from drug/alcohol use, there are many other factors involved in the recovery process. Motivation and emotional support is critical. Spirituality and faith play an important role for some. Remembering the negative consequences of past misuse and identifying the situation or triggers that led to the substance abuse, aids building coping strategies to manage them.
What are the benefits of recovery?
By remaining in the recovery process, the person will find that their quality of life satisfaction increases significantly, while stress decreases. They feel motivated for change and motivated for abstinence from drug/alcohol use. They develop coping skills to deal with stress and to resist temptations to resort to relapse/misuse again.
Support to recovery
The recovering person is assured that one cannot and should not, recover on their own.
Recovery requires ongoing support. Hence it is important to remain a part of the available motivational, emotional and social support resources and organizations.
Addiction can be difficult to overcome, but it is possible. At Rain Recovery, our clinical practitioners and holistic therapists can provide the healing and addiction treatment you need. We ensure you receive the counseling necessary to feel connected to others again. Call (818) 208-9446 to chat with one of our admission counselors.