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Personal Drug Rehab Stories

For most people trapped in the cycle of addiction, entering a drug rehab facility for treatment is usually a last resort.  Even so, there are thousands of people across the nation today that through the drug intervention process have been able to reclaim their lives from the destructive consequences of addiction. Personal drug rehab stories recounted by many addicts who are currently enjoying long term sobriety has been instrumental in helping some individuals that may be hesitant about seeking drug treatment to take this life-saving step.  

In a story titled “How Treatment Gave Me Back My Life, one young man commented that he never realized he could change or have so much fun being sober. However, he also pointed out that ultimately, the person in addiction has the option to choose to pursue treatment or remain stuck in a destructive drug abuse lifestyle.   The result of habituated use of drugs and alcohol can cause serious disruption of normal brain functions.  These impairments drive the obsessive and uncontrollable patterns of behavior that characterize addiction. In the last few decades, technological breakthroughs have enabled scientists to better understand how chronic drug use hijack important neurological functions.  

In addition, outcome studies show that although the specific period of time it takes for these neurological imbalances to be restored may differ for each individual based on a number of variables, successful recovery requires a consistent period of abstinence and a comprehensive continuum of care for sobriety to be sustainable.  As such, people who try to circumvent the healing process through short term or incomplete recovery programs often put themselves at risk of experiencing multiple relapse events.  

A major concern of untreated addiction is that it not only endangers the addict, but it also put the lives of their loved ones at risk as well.  In recognition of this fact, many drug rehab centers provide programs and services that integrate families into the recovery process.  The stories of recovery for many addicts and their families is often a pilgrimage from the constant threat of death to improved life circumstances for everyone. Even so, successful recoveries are usually achieved after long term residential care or more than one treatment program.  

The good news is recovery from addiction has multiple benefits beyond freedom from the obsessive and compulsive use of drugs such as:

  • Identifying unresolved trauma or underlying mental problems that may have contributed or perpetuated the use of drugs.  These are psychological benefits that can have positive long term effects if they are appropriately addressed during the treatment process.  
  • Uncovering family history of addiction or genetic predisposition that could help to prevent future generations from falling into the same trap.
  • Emotional benefits are derived from counseling and group therapy that help to deal with issues that have caused stress, problems in significant relationships or hindered progress in social interactions.
  • Education about drug use, triggers and relapse prevention.
  • Establishment of significant support systems that can become an integral part of an individual’s life long after the drug rehab process is completed.
  • Development and integration of healthier lifestyle habits such as the practice of yoga, meditation and good nutrition among others.  These programs often augment traditional drug intervention treatment.  
  • Envisioning a new life often means making short and long term plans during the rehab process.  When implemented, these can lead to significant achievements and a more successful future.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says a resounding yes to the question of whether addiction can be treated successfully.  Evidence-based recovery program helps people to stop chronic drug abuse.  Also based on a report from the Partnership at Drugfree.org, there are as at least 23.5 million adults in the U.S. today who are in recovery from a drug or alcohol use disorder.  

To read more about other addicts stories visit us here.

Sources:

  • https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery

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