Recovery from any abuse whether drugs, alcohol or any other substance is a difficult problem for an individual to overcome, but it can be accomplished with the right treatment program. The hardest part is admitting that there is a problem and making the decision to seek help. When the addict is in denial about their addiction, they often suffer alone and will not get the help they need because they have alienated themselves from family or friends that could step in and convince them to get treatment. All too often, these addicts suffer the worst consequence of addiction.
On a Path to Needless Death
Once addicts can accept and understand their addiction is a disease, the shame and guilt they feel is reduced and they can get into a recovery process. Once they successfully detox from their drug of choice, rehabilitation can begin as they are now free from cravings and can focus on healing. Unfortunately, some addicts never get to this point and can end up going down a path that will carry them to their death.
There are many programs available to addicts such as a 12-step program which helps the individual understand that they are powerless when abusing drugs or alcohol. This program teaches addicts to take small steps to recovery and gives them hope and empowerment to take their life back. A treatment center offers support and guidance in an environment that helps the individual feel safe and comforted.
The Restoration That Comes With Treatment
Homeostasis helps restore the brain after the addict has stopped using drugs. Additionally, prayer, meetings, working along with others, meditation, and good nutrition can also help restore the brain’s chemistry. A simple exercise or even a hug can improve the sense of well-being. Family members that struggle with an addict also need a period of recovery and the best way is to participate in a support group to share their experiences with others that have gone through the same things. The goal of treatment is to restore the individual’s self-esteem, provide the tools they need to establish a foundation for continued success, and instill a sense of responsibility for their actions going forward to ensure lasting recovery.