The long road to addiction recovery is one that most people struggle with. There are a lot of things that can distract, that can lead the person astray. However, there are also some “factors of success” that can allow for a smoother journey for that person, helped along by family, friends, and professionals. So, what are those factors, and how do they come into play?
The Factors That Make up Addiction Recovery
“There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all recovery model, but the available research suggests that some factors are essential.” This is encouraging, because it means that there are some things to strive toward that are better-defined than just recovery in a general sense.
One of these factors – and it may seem obvious – is that the person must be ready and willing to change. No matter what the other, external factors, the patient just cannot fully recover unless he or she wants to make a difference. Without this commitment, there can be no true change. Addiction recovery has to be about a promise made to oneself, a dedicated to a healthier and better way of living. Ultimately, it’s only within that one person that this decision can be made, and there’s no denying how difficult this can be, but it’s crucial.
Along with that initial decision should come some kind of confidence, though it may be difficult to summon. “Once you’ve decided to get clean, you have to have a conviction that you can actually do it.” This is easier said than done, of course, but it’s a key part of the recovery process. Every fresh commitment to change, every day that you live in an effort toward that new life is a positive step. Each day, there’s a little more to celebrate, since you’ve been able to take successful steps in the past. If you really believe that you can make it to sobriety, then that belief will help you to cultivate a better lifestyle along the way.
Addiction is not just a physical danger: it can damage your mental, psychological, and emotional states. Having a good head space is absolutely crucial to your recovery process. “Addressing the addiction without attending to any other dimensions of mental health is ineffective.” If you are working within an addiction recovery program but are struggling with anxiety and depression without addressing those issues of mental illness, then it will be all the more difficult. It’s ‘easier’ to fall back into old habits that are ‘comforting’ (like drinking or taking drugs), especially if the person is under mental duress. If, in this period of recovery, there is some kind of counseling or aid specifically for mental illness, then that person’s chances will be so much better.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, but something else that is crucial to success in recovery is having a solid support team. It’s an essential piece of moving past an addiction. Having these interpersonal connections provides you with people you can trust, and who trust in you. You can rely on them, lean on them during your toughest times, and they will cheer you on along the way. Not everyone is lucky enough to have this support, so if you have people from whom you can ask for help, then don’t undervalue what they bring to your efforts.
If you need some professional help to get through the pieces of addiction recovery, 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 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]