Most people understand that the goal of drug and alcohol addiction treatment and rehab is complete recovery. Even with prior coaching, clients still worry about all that is involved in a successful treatment program. Time spent in recovery has the ultimate aim of learning to adjust to a life free from chosen substances, but many other things are learned.
Programs are centered on becoming free from habits, but “alone time” tends to reveal other important insights. Some of the most powerful revelations discovered by clients happen away from a prescribed recovery program. Many of these revelations happen within an atmosphere and time where a person can understand the nature of how addictions affect lives. Of course, discovering things that prevent addiction are most important during recovery. Other personal discoveries are extremely powerful in reversing behaviors that lead to relapse and problematic emotional situations. Here are some things that a person will likely realize when they go through a treatment program.
“Unlearning” an Addiction is not Immediate
It takes a long time to form dependency to a substance. It can take an equally long time to unlearn how if feels to be at its mercy. Recovery programs can take months, but it is tough to digest the realization that becoming free from a habit can take even longer.
Addiction recovery classes and treatment center stays are measured in months, but forming a new lifestyle can stretch beyond a programmed period. Once a person truly realizes that unlearning a behavior can be for life, the weight and positivity of sobriety can be understood.
Control Requires Ownership Skills
No amount of prescribed sobriety work can automatically convince a person to abandon their life of addiction. The real transformation happens in quiet times when a person is able to reflect. Every person digests the information that a recovery program provides differently. Typically, this happens when a person is alone, and they are able to sort their experiences mentally.
Someone in a recovery program learns that the greatest epiphanies about sobriety happen when they are deeply entrenched in the program itself. When the mind and spirit are able to process helpful information clearly, they have the power to convince the person about necessary changes.
Recovery is Impossible Without a Network
Addiction recovery is not a simple matter of going through a program. The ability to relapse will always be present. A person in recovery will learn that relying on others is key to their success. These people include,
* Qualified counselors who helped design a recovery program.
* Past recovery graduates who agree to lend support in the real world.
* Spiritual and medical professionals who are trained to address recovery issues.
* Peers from shared recovery program experiences who need mutual support.
The rates of success for people who try to recovery alone are extremely low. Learning to rely on others for support is tough for strong personalities, but it is necessary when rebuilding a clean life.
Relapse Triggers are Constant Companions
Some clients in recovery programs have the false belief that once they go through a recovery program, their addiction will be gone. It’s a difficult realization, but addiction triggers for most people will be permanent. Upon deep reflection and admission, recovering addicts will realize that the potential for relapse will always be with them. They will have to learn how to shape their new lives to avoid situations and people that could trip the physical and emotional need to become addicted again. Great recovery programs teach people about effective ways to cleanse triggers from daily life.
The Biggest Types of Changes are Sometimes Necessary
There is no weightier realization to a person in addiction recovery than knowing that a sober life might require them to start over completely. For many people, addiction is the end result of a cascade of life circumstances. To achieve full sobriety, they might have to explore a completely new set of life rules and behaviors. This is very difficult, but reliance on a network helps. Belief in the possibility of lasting change is also key.
Great substance abuse recovery programs are designed to allow clients to be in an environment where they can think clearly, yet learn to act productively. Much of the progress and transformation that a person experiences happens in the times when no meetings and classes are in session. It happens when a client’s mind is left alone to process the options that are available to them. These hard realizations often become the most powerful catalysts for true change. They are also the reminders that lead to continued freedom in sobriety. When you are ready to discover true personal change away from a life of addiction, we are here to provide the right atmosphere.