When a person wants to accomplish something or achieve a particular goal, certain steps need to be taken.
The same is true when a person who is suffering from addiction considers what it might look like to get clean and sober. What is the starting point, and where do you go from there? Recovery from chemical dependency can seem virtually impossible, but it is not. Many resources are available to help you or the addict in your life make a lasting change. Following some simple addiction recovery steps can start you on this new beginning.
The following addiction recovery steps can give you a basic outline for the process:
- Make the decision to change. As humans, we tend to be creatures of both habit and comfort. Change is not something we usually embrace, even when it is necessary. It’s normal to feel conflicted about quitting your substance of choice. It will help to remind yourself why you want to make this huge transition and also spend time with family/friends that support your decision.
- Research treatment options. With such an enormous amount of rehabs to choose from, it’s crucial to explore which options best fit your individual needs. Things to consider are whether or not they offer detox, inpatient, outpatient, day treatment and sober living options. Do you want to stay local and do they accept your insurance? Are they experienced in dual-diagnosis (co-occurring disorders)? Now is the time to ask questions, because this is your recovery.
- Build a support network. While you are the only one who can get yourself clean and sober, you don’t have to do it alone. If you have supportive friends and family, let them know what you are doing so they can be there for you. 12 Step meetings can be a great place to connect with people who are seeking the same freedom you are, as well as people who have already found it and are willing to help show you the way.
- Practice the life skills you learned in treatment. Most treatment centers will help addicts learn new ways with dealing with the stresses of daily life, such as exercise, meditation, etc.
- Guard your newfound recovery. Be mindful, especially early on, of where you go and who you surround yourself with. It is easy in early recovery to want to reconnect with old people and places since you are feeling so much better. This usually isn’t the best idea, but you will find that after some time, the freedom you experience is miraculous.
- Enjoy your new life. This is the perfect time to get to know who you really are. It can be intimidating at first, but it becomes the most incredible experience you can imagine. You are free to find a new hobby, try new and different things, such as food and other experiences life has to offer. Don’t be shy, you worked for this opportunity. Enjoy it!
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