Addiction Recovery Steps
Much of what the addiction recovery process entails is in the rediscovery of self. For those who have struggled with addictive behaviors for years, spending time in addiction rehab and instances of relapse may be common and part of their recovery process. For them, uncovering the initial cause for drug or alcohol use may already be known, but finding the reasons for relapse is likely a more beneficial focus during treatment.
For one who is considering addiction treatment for the first time, the path towards sobriety will be dotted with informational stops along the way. Learning how the disease of addiction developed within, and how to navigate through life without the crutch of substance use is vital to experiencing a healthy balance and a positive outlook on life.
Although these two examples illustrate the differences in how many of our clients may arrive at our doors, the process of receiving treatment has many similarities.
Here at Acceptance Recovery Center, each client meets with our clinical team before addiction recovery care begins. We do this for a myriad of reasons, allowing for:
- An introduction between client, their family (if wanted), and our practitioners
- Added comfort level
- Learned expectations about the treatment and recovery process
- Understanding where a client is within personal addiction
- Assessment of current state of health and medical needs, including medication-assisted treatment
- Addressing the existence of, or potential for, mental health conditions
If active drug and alcohol use is determined at the point of entry into any of our programs, a client will start with the detox process. But before that begins, your loved one needs to own and accept that addiction has taken hold, and that treatment is a need. If you have a family member who struggles with understanding that reality, intervention may be the first in many stages of addiction recovery care needed.
There’s an integral part of the addiction process that is if often overlooked but cannot be ignored. Those closest to the person who is caught in the cycle of substance abuse are often the same people who are unknowingly feeding the drug and alcohol use. This is referred to as enabling behavior. It can be what is said or done on behalf of the person using or, in turn, what is avoided.
No matter how family, close friends or coworkers enable addiction, the repercussions can be fatal. And while it isn’t anyone else’s responsibility to make someone stop using, there is an instrumental conversation that must be had between loved ones and the individuals who recklessly throw their life away on drugs and alcohol abuse.
We call this intervention. The direct line between family members’ need to address addiction with their loved one, and presenting irrefutable reasons why drug and alcohol treatment and addiction recovery are in their best interests is done through an intervention. It takes a strong will and extensive emotional strength to get past the lies, empty promises, and pleading for mercy that will undoubtedly come from the person who fears getting addiction treatment.
To increase the odds in seeing your child, parent, sibling, or significant other get the life-saving treatment deserved, it is best to seek support from a professional interventionist.