Addiction Recovery - A Life Long Process

Addiction Recovery - A Life Long Process

Addiction affects both the user and society, which means that both should be partners in the inpidual’s road to addiction recovery.

In a lot of cases, addiction involves both periods of relapse and periods of recovery. It is during relapse that support from the people around the person recovering from addiction is essential.

Furthermore, while it is the user’s task to become substance free, to maintain abstinence and to deal with relapse as quickly as possible, it is his loved ones' task to make sure that he does all this. The society, since it is also affected by addiction also has the responsibility to financially support the development and implementation of programs that prevent and treat addictions.

One of the most difficult steps in the recovery process is the beginning to stop ingesting the addictive substance. The inpidual must tolerate withdrawal symptoms and accept that craving for the substance may last a lifetime. When a chemical is stopped from a person who has become physically dependent to it, withdrawal symptoms will occur. These ranges from:

Seizures depending on the kind of substance abused, length of time it was taken and the dosage used.

With alcohol addiction symptoms, generally occur 6 to 48 hours after the last drink. Those addicted to short acting drugs such as heroin feel the symptoms 12 hours after the last take and may peak after 48 to 72 hours, and is usually resolved after a week. It should be remembered that withdrawal should be done under medical supervision. Furthermore, those who are experiencing it has to recognize that they have a problem and that there is no cure for addiction only a day to day respite from its active form.

A variety of treatments and treatment programs are available to those who desire freedom from addictive substances. Residential treatment facilities (including hospitals), therapeutic communities, and halfway houses exist to provide education, medical supervision and 24 hour support. The therapeutic community (TC) is a well researched and a long existing form of residential treatment. The inpidual receives treatment in a 24 hour supervised facility for one to two years. After living in a residential treatment facility or a TC, the inpidual may move to a semi supervised facility or attend outpatient programs. Self help groups are also available to provide support for continued chemical abstinence.

However hard a user tries to be physically independent from a substance, there is always a possibility of relapse. Life pressures, for one, can trigger a relapse. Relapse should be an opportunity for a person to learn more about himself and strengthen his program of recovery. It is important that family members provide continued support especially during periods of relapse.

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  1. Addict

    I think,to those who desire freedom from addictive substances definately need a treatment,as you told. But with that they must be enough confident to get rid of these.
    This task cant be done by him alone. But instead he need a big support from his loved ones.

  2. Addict

    my uncle most likely is going to die soon if a miracle isnt happening where can someone go with no insurance toget the 2 year inpatient help?im a loved one but unfortunaately i cant afford to help what about him should he just have the oppurtunity of death?any answers or solutions i'll take em

  3. Addict

    I am looking for help with an addiction to a person. Why is there no "hospital" or 12 step programs for us?

  4. Addict

    I am an alcoholic. I have been sobor for 8 years, 4 months, and 6 days. I could probably tell you the hours and min. on some days. I am writing this to tell anyone who reads it, that an addict is always an addict. There are treatments. There is
    I guess I just wanted people to know that although it is hard, some harder than others, it is worth it. Getting clean is a long and painful process, but completely worth it.
    As for all who need help, all I can say is ask for it. Nobody can help you unless you actually want it.

  5. Addict

    as a recovering cocaine addict who has been to inpatient and out patient rehab.. the thing that has kept me clean the longest (126 days so far) is narcotics anonymous.

  6. Addict

    Hi, I would just like to say that a new life is possible, beautiful and worth it! I want to comment on the above and try to put some of this into context from what I have read or heard and also my own personal thoughts.

    First of all, it is correct that addiction affects both the user and society. However, the above statement places focus on loved ones to take responsibility. This is fine in theory. In reality most loved ones have already had to cut ties due to their own health caused by the users addiction. What about those who have no loved ones in the first place? Who is then responsible? The focus needs to be on the person with support, guidance and informed choices.

    Secondly, the term 'recovery' is vague. Recovery insinuates that a person is going to be restored to their former self. Well, I can say that my personal early life was not what I wanted to be restored to. I also know too many who are in this category. I would rather use the term 'discovery' as people are on a journey, which creates a new identity and lifestyle.

    Sorry, I know I rant but at least I have some thoughts today instead of being numb through substances.

    Peace be with you all and remember 'it soon will pass'

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