In treating addiction we have become adept at the detoxification and initial stabilization of individuals suffering from substance use disorders. Through a combination of effective medications and social, cognitive-behavioral, and milieu therapies, people can accrue many days, weeks, and months of initial improvement, abstinence, and remission.
Ever have the feeling the months, and years, roll by and you are not getting any closer to what you promised yourself you would one day do, or be? It happens to everyone at some point, even those who look to be "the most successful".
We all know the familiar feeling of anxiety. Your heart begins to beat fasten, your breath quickens, and you start to feel butterflies in your stomach. You may feel constriction or tightness in your throat or chest. Mentally, you start to feel keyed up and vigilant, on guard for what might happen next.