Addicts in rehabilitation are especially sensitive to exterior forces. In treatment, they are taught different types of techniques and strategies or their issues with cravings and enablers. The emotions and changes that they are battling with during the early part of their rehabilitation are immense. The best thing for recovering addicts to do is to keep a routine to keep them from reverting back to old habits. When an addict suffers from disappointment they can easily lead into a path that follows towards relapse.
Disappointment is a part of life. It is something that cannot be avoided. For most people, it is easy to accept it, change it and/or move on. For those suffering from addiction or battling recovery, it can be an issue that sends them spiraling down a dark path. It is important that recovering addicts take the time to understand all of their emotions and deal with them accordingly. When they take life one step at a time and consider all of their options, it is easier for them to reduce their chances of relapse. The goal of treatment is to help an addict reenter society sober and to remain sober for an extended period of time. Practicing the skills, techniques and review the lessons they learn in treatment is the best way for them to maintain long term sobriety.
Process of Treatment Takes Time
Addiction is currently defined as a disorder that is characterized by chronic relapse and searching and consuming of drugs. This process continues even if that addict understands the damage they are causing themselves and those around them. Studies conducted by multiple drug abuse and addiction agencies state that long-term treatment produces the best results. Long term and residential treatments are more likely to provide long-term sobriety. Any treatment is good and is a step in the right direction, but professionals believe that 90-day treatment programs yield longer periods of sobriety. Unfortunately, due to regulations created by insurance companies, treatment normally lasts 28 days. It is a procedure that limits the amount of treatment that recovering addicts need, which can lead to an extended time period of heart-breaking relapse. These insurance companies do this so they do not have to pay for the more efficient, yet longer, long-term treatment programs.
Treatment is not an easy process, if it were everyone would come out a success story. Addiction is a complex and dangerous issue that affects millions. It is a process that must be taken seriously and given optimal effort. Through this process recovering addicts will discover more about themselves and develop a strategy for attacking life. They must embrace this completely and stay positive in their recovery. Disappointment will happen, but with a commitment to the process, they will be able to handle anything that life throws their way.
Working on Relationships
Addiction changes the way people behave. In most cases of addiction, the addict had burned several bridges and made some enemies. It is important to try to rectify those damaged relationships, as long as those individuals are not drug addicts themselves. It can take time to reestablish a healthy relationship with old friends, but building a strong support network is great for recovery.
Temptation for Using is Everywhere
In treatment, the triggers and temptation to reuse drugs or alcohol are limited. That is the goal of every treatment center; provide an environment that is conducive to recovering. The real world does not have this, there will be triggers everywhere. Treatment teaches recovering addicts to stay clear of temptations, enablers, and triggers, but it is impossible to stay free of them all. Recovering addicts must remember their education and work on the techniques they learned in treatment. Solid practice, patience and support groups can help recovering addicts successfully handle temptation.