Will I be able to recover from an addiction?

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Recovery is a remarkable, transformative journey for anyone to embark on. Those who have recently began their journey of recovery or are considering their path towards recovery may wonder if they will ever be fully recovered from their addiction. Addictions can be managed successfully through therapy and rehabilitation.

Recovery means something different for everyone, and it is up to the person to discover what recovery means to them. However, there are several resources available to assist individuals in recovering from an addiction. The two main types of recovery programs are:

  • Outpatient treatment programs – provide more autonomy for the individual and allow them to maintain a home and family life while attending treatment. Daily check-ins with a counselor help the person to stay on track with their recovery. This type of program is best for people with mild or short-lived addictions.
  • Inpatient treatment programs – require the person to live at the facility for the duration of their treatment. This can typically last 30, 60, or 90 days, and often begins with detoxification. Inpatient programs are often held in hospitals or residential facilities.

When selecting a program that fits best for the individual, the process typically begins with an intake session. Intake sessions allow both the organization and the individual to ask one another questions to determine if the fit is appropriate. Once a person is established in a program, they enter the detoxification stage. In this stage, all traces of drugs or alcohol are removed from the body in a safe, supervised medical setting. Maintenance medication may be provided to assist the person with withdrawal symptoms experienced with certain drugs. After detox, the person will go through a brief period of withdrawal, which means something different for each person due to the length of addiction, person’s history and genetics, etc.

Rehabilitation is the next phase in the recovery process, and typically involves individual, group, and family therapy sessions (if needed). This process will help the person uncover their core reasons for their addiction, develop strategies for directing their time to focus on healthier alternatives, identify drug/alcohol triggers and develop a plan for how to deal with these.

Part of the recovery process may include relapse, which is the recurrence of a disease that has gone into recovery. Despite some opinions, this is a normal part of the process. If the individual keeps a steady, determined goal and works hard with their therapist, managing addiction is entirely possible.

One can overcome many obstacles and achieve a more positive, healthy lifestyle by simply not giving up.  Millions of people have overcome their addictions through recovery – it’s a courageous, admirable journey that saves lives.

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