Entering rehab for drug or alcohol addiction is the beginning of your recovery journey. Because addiction is a lifelong disease, recovery also lasts for your entire life in order to help you handle future impulses and cravings. Without proper treatment, your recovery can’t start. It’s critical to find help for your addiction as soon as you know there’s a problem.
What Is Recovery?
Addiction recovery was traditionally meant to refer to 12-step programs and the period of time it had been since an individual last used drugs or alcohol. This lines up with our current definition of addiction in that it lasts a lifetime. Recovery isn’t always a guarantee that there won’t be any relapse or roadblocks along the way though.
Recovery is actually a period of growth and healing, repairing and strengthening the parts of your mind and body that have been damaged by substance abuse. Relapse is a normal part of recovery, often happening multiple times before someone is able to achieve long-term sobriety. It doesn’t matter how many times someone relapses so long as they continue treatment and working towards a life free of addiction.
Focusing on overcoming addictive behaviors and creating a better life for yourself is what recovery is all about. It’s one thing to complete addiction treatment, but it’s another to commit yourself to building up your skills and steer your life in the direction you’ve always wanted to go. Individualized treatment can make this even easier as it helps you address the root causes of your addiction.
What Is the Process of Recovery?
While there are multiple types of treatment and therapy that are used during recovery, the standard process looks something like:
- Admitting there’s a problem
- Entering treatment to safely end consumption of drugs and alcohol
- Working with your rehab center to maximize benefits of therapy and life skill coaching
- Completing your treatment program before resuming your regular responsibilities
- Practicing healthy coping mechanisms to handle future cravings, reaching out to relapse prevention specialists as needed
All of this takes time in order to see the results. For some it only takes a few months of treatment before they’re confident and equipped to not give into pressure and external triggers to use again. Others will better benefit from regular follow-up sessions of therapy as new stresses and anxieties from life start to become overwhelming. However you achieve it, sobriety is always the end goal.
How Do I Start My Recovery?
The fastest way to begin the first chapter in your recovery journey is to reach out to America’s Rehab Campuses with any questions you may have. Our treatment programs are tailored to each guest’s individual needs. ARC’s aftercare network of relapse prevention professionals is another way that we give our guests every chance at success they need.
Treatment can even be adjusted throughout the process in order to accommodate changing needs and desires regarding what that person gets out of their recovery. It’s never too late to overcome addiction as recovery at ARC is available 24/7. If you aren’t sure what kind of treatment you need, take a moment to contact our recovery specialists today.