Recovery from drug or alcohol dependence is one of the most precious gifts imaginable. It can re-make the lives of addicts and their loved ones. However, most people agree that in order to achieve recovery, there's a lot of work that has to be done. Traditional Twelve Step groups require members to work the steps, usually with a sponsor. This can involve lots of reading, writing, service (for example, working as a timer at meetings) and speaking. Of course, the defining component of recovery for that model is abstinence from substance use.
But recovery means many different things to many different people and groups these days. If you're struggling with substance use disorder, ask yourself:
- What would recovery look like to you?
- What would be some signs and signals of recovery?
- More stable employment?
- Better family relationships?
- Improved physical health?
Recovery isn't only the absence of problems caused by drinking and drug use. It's also building a new and better life
Recovery from drug and alcohol abuse is always a challenge. It requires both problem users and family members to confront hard truths about themselves and their behaviors. Sometimes, it's not even the issue they're most hiding from. Often, the things uncovered in inpatient treatment surprise even the patients themselves. This can be uncomfortable at first. However, like a growing pain, it passes with time. One thing people mention when they leave treatment and sober living housing is how light they feel. Part of recovery involves people laying down burdens they took on years earlier.
Are you trying to stop using? Do you or a loved one need treatment for substance abuse disorder? The Haven can help. At the Haven, we use a variety of strategies to help people rebuild. Reach out and contact us today.