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Addiction Recovery Isn’t a Simple Process

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Addiction recovery is a process, and like every process, it takes time. People can’t ‘just stop’ what they’re doing and suddenly (and easily) live a sober life. For those who haven’t experienced an addiction, it can be confusing why those affected don’t ‘simply’ end their actions, but it is far from being that simple.

The Shared Commitment of Addiction Recovery

Despite knowing that continued use could result in deadly consequences, people are unable to wake up one morning and decide to stop their drinking or drug use. It can be incredibly difficult to end, or begin, a normal habit, let alone one that is based in addictive substances. Despite knowing logically that there has to be a change in order to avoid dangerous consequences, addicts are unable to go  cold turkey. In fact, this can actually be more harmful to them, particularly if they are leaving behind a substance with intense symptoms of withdrawal. This is why it’s crucial to get help for these people, particularly if they aren’t able to reach out for help on their own.

The best method of addiction recovery is alongside a professional, or someone with the experience to safely guide that person from beginning to end. If you are trying to do this for a loved one, then you “can help them recognize the early stages of uncontrollable craving and seek professional help.” It might take another person expressing concern to even begin to move the person from the throes of their addiction toward sobriety, but this isn’t unusual, and it isn’t something to be ashamed of.

All this may mean that you need to have a direct and open conversation with the person about their drinking or drug use and how it has affected others. If you are the patient, then try to be honest about your feelings and experiences, and push yourself to connect to others when you need help. Making connections like this is the best and most effective way to recover from an addiction, and no person should have to go through it all alone.

“Acceptance is the beginning of hope.” Whether you’re someone whose loved one is suffering and you need to face the harsh reality of their situation, or if you’re struggling with addiction and can’t bear to accept where your life is at the moment, accepting the state of things is how you begin to make things better. It can be painful and confusing to begin, because accepting something like this is overwhelming, to say the least, but it’s necessary. There’s no way to move forward from something like this without first calling it by name: an addiction.

Not everyone will be able to understand, and certainly not at first, that it takes more than a single day, a single effort, and a single commitment to truly begin addiction recovery. More often than not, it takes the dedication of a group of people, from the addict themselves to their loved ones and professionals in addiction recovery centers. This is a fact that more people without these experiences need to recognize in order to reduce the intense stigma that we so often place on those who are dealing with substance abuse. Only then will we be able to most effectively help them to find a healthier life.

If you need help to aid someone who has an addiction, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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