April 19, 2013
Life can be tough–very tough.
During our lifetime, we can undergo great trials and experience great obstacles that may seem too much to bear. Whether it is a dysfunctional family life, chronic illness, trauma due to emotional or sexual abuse or relationship problems–these issues can wear on a person in mind, body, and soul. In order to cope with these stresses, some may turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with their problems. While substances provide a temporary respite from the pain they feel, people ultimately can become hooked on drugs and alcohol. As a result, the problems they experience become much worse and they have a much more profound impact on their lives.
It May Seem Like There Is No Hope, But There Always is Hope
For those struggling with substance abuse, it can feel overwhelming and it could feel like there is no way out. Addiction is a progressive and chronic disorder that takes years to develop and can spring from a variety of psychological, biological, social and environmental factors. The effects of full-blown addiction can be devastating to a person’s health and their relationships, and it can also throw their relationships with family and other loved ones into total chaos. If you or a loved one is in the grips of substance abuse you may feel there is no hope, but with advances in the way the disease of addiction is treated and viewed, there are many options as far as quality drug treatment that will help you address and overcome your addiction.
Successful drug treatment is comprised of several important components. Since many drugs have significant withdrawal symptoms that can substantially impact one’s physical and mental health, medical detoxification is needed in order to minimize the discomfort and pain of withdrawal and get addicts to a substance-free and stable state. Along with medical detox, drug treatment also features a variety of individual and group therapy styles and settings that can help you address the underlying roots of your addiction as well as give you the encouragement and support you need to stay motivated in your recovery.
Additionally, drug rehab also features the life and coping skills training, relapse prevention education and aftercare programs such as intensive outpatient counseling and sober living. All of these tools together will help you or a loved one who is struggling with drug addiction the tools you need to get the fresh start you truly deserve. It is often said that making the decision to go through drug treatment is a major life decision, and while it may sound dramatic there is truth to that statement. By successfully completing a drug treatment program, you have the ability to truly start over and write new chapters in your life.
The Ways In Which Recovery Can Change Your Life
How do the various components of a quality drug treatment program come together in order to help give you a new beginning at life? The following are several major ways in which treatment can help you achieve that goal:
You Become Healthier and Happier
It goes without saying: when you recover from substance abuse, you will be healthier and happier. Years of chronic substance abuse can make you very vulnerable to health complications, and it significantly changes brain chemistry and the way you think and behave. In drug treatment, you not only will be weaned off of drugs, your body can gradually rid itself of the toxins that have accumulated. Along with proper nutrition, exercise, and other treatments, you can regain your health and vitality. As a result, your self-esteem and confidence grow.
Establishing Positive Relationships
In recovery, you start building a healthy network of those people who are supportive of your new substance-free lifestyle. These people can include family, friends and those who are peers in sober support groups. Not only will you learn the healthy communication skills needed to foster new relationships, you will also get the tools you need to repair those relationships that were compromised as a result of your addiction. Being able to express your feelings and listening and respecting the needs of others is key in building a meaningful recovery.
Learning to Forgive
Oftentimes, dwelling on your past mistakes and the mistakes of others can keep you stuck in addiction. In early recovery, we are confronted with our shortcomings and the wrongs (real or imagined) of others. As you progress in recovery, you learn how to forgive yourself and others. You learn that your past is your past and it doesn’t define you in the present–your past provides you lessons learned going forward in building your future. Additionally, you learn to cultivate the patience you need to make it through the rough spots in your recovery and you learn that you can overcome the mistakes that you make along the way.
Learn New Hobbies and Explore New Passions
Another way that recovery can transform your life is in the fact that you will find new hobbies and passions that will fill your day with activities that strengthen your recovery. Whether you starting painting, learning a martial art or take up a musical instrument, the past times you engage in give you an outlet to channel your emotions in a healthy manner. You can also rediscover those passions that made you feel alive before substance abuse took control of your life.
Are You Ready to Change Your Life
If you are trapped in an addiction to drugs and alcohol, you may feel that you are at your lowest point and feel like recovery is nothing but a dream. Despite what you may feel, recovery is closer than you think–a new life starts with a phone call to Ocean Breeze Recovery Center. With our unique holistic treatment approach, our experienced staff can create an individualized treatment program that will address your addiction in mind, body and spirit and will give you the tools and confidence you need to succeed.
Call us today and take the first steps in changing your life forever.