The thought of giving up the drug induced euphoria can create a powerful resistance to addiction treatment. Even those whose lives have been put at risk by their drug use and who sincerely want to stop abusing drugs can still feel conflicted about the making a commitment to the recovery process. As a result, many stories of recovery from addiction includes one or more relapse events.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) also attribute the hesitation by most addicts to seek treatment to the fear of what will happen if or when they stop using their drug of choice. This is especially true for those that have experienced the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. The truth is, recovery from drug addiction is a complex process that requires an individual approach to be effective. It is also one that can easily be derailed by a number of variables such as the individual’s mental health, their genetic predisposition, exposure to environments that favor drug use and the memory triggers that threaten every recovering addict’s sobriety.
However, NIDA scientists explain that there are a number of evidence-based interventions that help to counteract the disruptive effects of drugs on the brain so that people can regain control of their lives. In his recovery from addiction story titled “My Child is in Recovery” Bob explains that when his son’s life spiraled out of control hard work and time in drug rehab gave him the skills to cope with the stresses of life without drugs. While he is grateful that his child was able and willing to take his life back he also alludes to having a range of mixed emotions. “Cautious, encouraged, proud and hopeful are the feelings we have about our child in recovery” he said.
The recovery process always begins with the decision to change. However, an addict can be unsure for days, months and even years about wanting to quit and wondering if they are really ready or even capable of what it takes to quit. This is normal and one reason drug interventions are effective in moving people out of this stalemate position.
According to Angela, she finally decided to get help because she was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She explains that her addiction journey changed her from a full time mom, college student, daughter into a thief, prostitute, IV drug user and a source of grief and embarrassment to her loved ones. Although she took the initiative to ask for help, Angela said she had no idea how to stop drinking and using drugs. The recovery process for Angela began with a self-induced detox that she described as achieving it the hard way and said “I wish I had gone somewhere for a medical detox as it was unfair of me to put my mom and my oldest daughter through the horror of watching me go through that process.”
After participating in an outpatient program which coupled with halting habitual drug use, helped to her turn her life around. She was also happy to report that she was able to repair her relationship with her mother, become a mom to her children again and restore her place as a productive member of society. As a recovering addict, Angela describes her life as amazing and filled with blessings. The good news for others is that advancements in technology has enabled greater understanding of addiction. As a result, scientist hold out hope for even greater improvements in addiction treatment interventions and increase the number of people that will be able to achieve full recovery and sustainable sobriety.
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