Addiction recovery is the process of stopping the use of drugs or alcohol; ridding the body of all drugs, alcohol or toxins. Understanding addiction and why it took control of your life. In recovery, you learn tools and techniques to handle life after substances. It is a long and difficult process because addiction does not have a cure. Addiction is currently defined as a chronic illness or disease, which is characterized by chronic drug searching and consumption. Addicts will continue to use and abuse drugs even when they understand the damage they are causing their bodies, lives, community and family. Going through the process of recovery is difficult, but not impossible. Many recovering addicts make it through treatment and graduate, but fall during a moment of weakness and relapse. Some do not make it through addiction. Many loose hope, faith or trust in addiction recovery. Here are five tips for regaining trust in addiction recovery.
You are Not Alone
Losing trust in addiction recovery is not unheard of, many addicts lose faith. What these addicts must come to realize, understand and accept is that they are not the only ones to lose trust in addiction recovery. Many addicts push themselves into a world of seclusion, which is the natural in the world of drugs and alcohol. As such they find themselves to be in a ‘unique’ situation. No one knows their sorrow and despair. The truth is that millions of people suffer from addiction in the same exact way they have. While their case of addiction and life is unique it is easy to see that others have gone through the same problems. Inability to handle stress, anxiety or depression as a result of a life trauma has pushed them into substance abuse and addiction. This is a normal addict story. Many professionals in treatment centers have the same stories of defeat, addiction, recovery, relapse, loss of trust and finally a success story. Speak with a professional, chances are they were in a very similar situation, but found the way out of addiction through recovery.
Your Family Wants the Best for You
Loved ones and family only want the best for you. Going through recovery is difficult, but if it were easy than everyone would do it. The truth is that families get their addicted loved ones into treatment because they want them to be happy and healthy. When you lose trust in addiction recovery remember your trust of family and friends. They want you there to get better, not worse.
Addiction Does Not Have A Cure
Addiction does not have a cure. It is a long and evolving process. If you lose hope in recovery remember that addiction does not have a cure. It is not easy. Addiction is different for everyone and therefore the recovery process is different. Finding what works for you is the ultimate goal and substance abuse is not the answer.
Life Before was Worse or Better?
When you lose hope or trust in recovery try to recall life before recovery. How was it to see the despair in your family’s eyes? Or when you realized that they no longer trust you? Was life better when you abused drugs and missed your kids play or game? Life is better clean than it is drugged up.
There Are Several Types of Recovery
Many addicts have trouble staying clean and sober. Long-term sobriety is the goal of any treatment, but relapse happens. It should not be considered a failure; rather, it should be a challenge. It means that more treatment or a different approach is necessary. There are hundreds, even thousands, of different treatment programs and centers. All offer different approaches to recovery. One is not better than the other in a general sense, but for an individual one can be. It is important to try different treatment methods when losing trust in recovery.