Beating Addiction: The Battle You Can Win
It’s been done before, it can be done again
Addiction is an ominous beast. One that can consume, take over, and even end your very life. Yet despite this destructive force, you can (and do) have the power to fight back.
Battling addition is an ongoing, and often lifelong struggle. While conventional wisdom holds that addition is an “incurable” disease, this does not mean that you cannot remain victorious in living a sober, healthy and fulfilling life.
Every year millions of Americans fall victim to this deadly disease, yet only a small percentage of them seek professional treatment and rehabilitation. Be the small percentage that seeks out change. You can do this, and we’re here to help.
Acknowledge that you’re Not Flawed
Addiction isn’t a sign of weakness or character flaw. And it takes more than just mere “willpower” to overcome this disease. Genetic predispositions and alterations in brain from substance abuse can create powerful changes in your neurochemistry that affect centers of the brain involved with:
- Decision making
- And more…
And while dealing with these impacted elements may seem overwhelming, recovery is not out of reach. With proper treatment, support and ongoing care, you can live the life you deserve and learn to live without your addiction handicapping you.
Make a Conscious Decision to Change
Like the old saying, the first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem. But more than that, you need to want to change. You’re not in this alone, but others cannot make your decisions for you. You have to meet sobriety half way.
Uncertainty at this stage is normal, and the “addict mind” is a powerful persuasive mistress, whispering constantly in your ear that you don’t have a problem. When this happens, leaning on the “sober” judgement of friends and family that care about you is often the best advice one can take.
Once you’ve made up your mind, preparing yourself mentally for recovery is key. And though it’s not easy, it sure is possible; VICE interviewed recovering drug addicts to see what it took to quit.
- Reminding yourself of why recovery is important to you and your loved ones
- The ramifications personally and professionally of not seeking out help
- Setting specific, measurable and attainable goals
- Begin removing aspects of your life that “trigger” abuse (individuals, settings, activities, etc.)
- Begin speaking with friends and family about your decision to seek help and ask for their support and patience
Exploring your Options
Once the commitment to recovery and sobriety has been made, it’s time to explore your options for treatment. The decision as to which treatment option is most appropriate is individual to your specific situation.
With that said, we’ll simply list a few of the elements that many treatment programs would include:
- Detox – a period of time in which you fully purge your body of substances. During this time withdrawal symptoms may be intense and should be overseen by a healthcare professional
- Behavioral counseling – Family, group or individual therapy is a wonderful tool to help you identify the root cause of your substance abuse, find ways to mend the fences with relationships, and develop healthy coping mechanisms for when life gets tough
- Medication – medication may be prescribed for a number of reasons such as: help with managing the symptoms of withdrawal, treating mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression, or to aid in preventing relapse.
- After-Care / Post-rehabilitative Care and Support – aftercare can consist of a great many avenues to help you maintain long-term sobriety. From support groups and meetings, to sober coaching and sober living facilities.
Interventions – a plea for help, not an attack
To an addict, interventions might seem like an outright attack. In reality, they are anything but. Interventions are well-meaning opportunities for you to see your world and the impact your addiction has on others (and yourself) from an outside perspective.
If you find yourself in the midst of an intervention, resist the knee-jerk reaction to put up your defenses. Try to have an open mind and listen with an open heart to what others have to say. The things you hear may be difficult to process, but stay the course.
Rehabilitation – not as scary as it seems
Rehab sounds scary, but there’s nothing to worry about. At what other time in your life will you have an entire team of support, medical and mental health professionals on staff 24/7 to help YOU.
Every staff member in rehab is there because they care. They’re passionate about helping others just like you beat addiction and live the best life they can, substance free.
Aftercare – Support & Guidance
Aftercare, or post-rehab support, is vital to your success in maintaining sobriety. Going from the safe confines of rehab back out into the stressors of the world can be a daunting proposition.
In fact, research has shown that the majority of relapses occur within the first six months out of rehab. During a delicate time in your recovery you are often thrown back into situations that are not conducive to sober living.
- You may return to the stresses of work or relationships
- Your place of residence might not be substance free
- You may be tempted to return to old relatfionships and friends who “use”
- You may not have a solid support system in place
Sober Living Home
This is why sober living homes are so important. They provide a safe, secure living arrangement that is substance free. Sober living homes are designed to support all aspects of sobriety for those transitioning from rehab back into their normal lives. They provide access or referrals to clinical care, counselors, group sessions and meetings, sponsors, sober coaching, and more.
Improve your Chances of Staying Sober
Give us a call or drop us a line today. If there’s one thing we’re passionate about its helping other maintain a sober lifestyle. At Boston Sober Living, we are happy to have a no-obligation chat about how we can help, and if we can’t, we likely can refer you to a professional or service that can.
Please feel free to read our previous blog about the rat park experiment