10 Oct Enable Recovery and Disable Addiction
You made a promise to your partner or child not to drink or use drugs ever again, but it seems a promise is not enough. Despite all your good intentions your break your promises not just to your loved ones but also yourself you find yourself either unable to stop or relapsing after a given period of time. Addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful and is now categorized by professional medical bodies as a disease. It’s one thing to enable recovery, it’s another thing to disable addiction completely.The intention of this article is to help you realise where you went wrong and most importantly that you can’t beat addiction on your own.
WHAT IS ADDICTION RECOVERY?
The meaning of recovery is currently debated and no general definition exists, since there are no scientific criteria for determining addiction recovery. The Betty Ford Institute defines recovery as the attainment of total detachment from addiction, in addition to the patient’s well-being while other counsellors have adopted “near detachment” as a definition. However, for the sake of this guide, we’ll go with the second definition.
HOW TO ENABLE RECOVERY AND DISABLE ADDICTION?
Recovering from addiction, on your own is quite tasking, but you can achieve a more pronounced victory with through online counselling for addiction treatment. Below are the actionable tips that would help you recover from addiction:
STUDY YOUR ADDICTION
You might be wondering — how does studying my addiction help me overcome it? The answer isn’t far-fetched. If your house was infested with rats, the first thing you’d do is figure out the holes in your door, windows and other fragile parts of the house, as detecting the cause of a problem would simplify the recovery process. Follow these easy five steps to get a full picture of what addiction has done to you:
• Recollect how it all started.
• Record the rate of usage, amount used and the things or moods that trigger you.
• Know the consequences of not quitting.
• Consider the effects on your loved ones.
• Talk to a trusted partner or family about it.
GET OFF THE GANG
In line with the popular quote, (used in most addiction recovery programs) “One is too many, and a thousand is never enough”. Drug addicts and alcoholics cannot restrain from the thought, sight, or smell of street drugs and alcohol respectively. They’ve lost the ability to refrain from or act normal when the substance in question is present. Funny enough, even the slightest thought of drinking could trigger addicts.
Hanging out with your fellow stoners at a bar on a cool Friday evening will do more harm than good. For the first few minutes in the bar, you might have the willpower to resist the temptation of taking a liquor shot, but with time, the condition of the environment (smell, sight and taste) would push your body to the limit. Then, before you can say Jack Robinson, you’re as high as “whatever”. Get off the gang and join a more sober network.
NOT JUST PSYCHOLOGY BUT ALSO PHYSIOLOGY
This is where a lot of people get it wrong. The lack of restraint towards drugs is behavioral and biological. When you abuse a particular drug for a long time, the chemical components of the drug leave an impact on your brain. The slight difference in brain structure could increase the probability of relapse, making medical healing a pertinent aspect of the recovery process.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “effective treatment must address medical and mental health services as well as follow-up options, such as community or family-based recovery support systems”.
GO FOR COUNSELLING
Not going for counseling is a mistake you must not make, as guidance is needed to recover from addiction. The tips you read here are true, but you need a counselor to explain deeper and create a feasible recovery plan. You can enroll in our Individual addiction counselling or Intensive outpatient programmes online.
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CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
If your environment is filled with drunkards, it’s advisable you leave the hood and move into a sober environment aka sober living homes. Sober living homes secures and support people struggling with addiction. It’s the best option for those who live in a drug-dominated area.
JOIN THE FELLOWSHIP
Don’t get me wrong — joining a fellowship doesn’t mean joining a church or mosque. In this context, fellowship refers to addiction recovery groups. Sharing your experience with like-minded individuals would help you grow faster than going through the recovery process alone.
More information about 12 Step fellowships and other support groups can be found by visiting our free resources page.
CAN I ATTEND AN ADDICTION RECOVERY PROGRAMME ANONYMOUSLY?
Confidentiality is a core principle in addiction recovery, especially in America, where individuals with addiction issues are perceived as unstable, weak, and morally impaired. There are laws guiding your privacy and the counselor or joint therapy members must comply. If there’s a breach of privacy from a counselor or member, the person in question can be sued to court.
LET YOUR GOODBYE BE A FINAL GOODBYE WITH NO HALF MEASURES
Another well coined phrase from recovery literature: “Half measures availed us nothing”
To disable addiction totally, you need a decisive mindset. Follow the tips shared in this guide and commit yourself to an addiction recovery programme whether that be through an alcohol rehab, residential addiction treatment centre, or outpatient one to one counselling.
Brett is the founder of How to Treat Addiction and is regarded by many as an expert in the field. With many years of both personal and professional experience helping others recover from addiction Brett’s main speciality is facilitating individually tailored online aftercare giving those suffering from addiction support post-rehab when they need it most. Brett and his team offer online aftercare services 7 days per week to clients all over the world.