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Sobriety Efforts in the New Year

Sobriety and Recovery from Addiction - The Bergand Group

A new year has just begun. With it come the usual resolutions, the commitments to a better and healthier life. It may sound impossible to turn things around, but recovery from addiction begins with a promise to yourself to change. Start now with a resolution to sobriety and take that first step toward freedom.

How to Better Seek Sobriety in 2017

Though recovery from addiction can begin at any time of year, New Years is a good focal point around which to make strides in this process. It isn’t any easier just because the calendar has changed, but if this simple switch allows you to centralize your hopes for the future and to really try to find sobriety, then it can make all the difference in the world.

Even with this commitment, however, you may start having trouble before the month is over. After all, addiction isn’t easy to break from no matter how noble the goal. Part of the difficulty is in withdrawal symptoms, which can vary in severity depending on the substance that the patient had been using. These symptoms, if extreme, can require medical attention, which many people try to avoid. Since the alternative is either addiction or the risk of harm, this in particular should be thought through before any action is taken.

Don’t be afraid to opt for community support while in pursuit of sobriety. Recovery from addiction doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor and, in fact, you may find it easier to reach your goals if you are surrounded by others who are going through similar experiences. As mentioned before, a lot of people make resolutions this time of year, so there will likely be more people joining support groups and other safe places of discussion and advice this month. It may be the perfect time to take the leap and to give it a try!

Sobriety isn’t a completely externalized process, either. Many are able to find some peace for themselves with a routine like mindfulness meditation, which (like cognitive therapy) allows the individual to reflect on their experience, the potential causes of the addiction, and to think deeply about their actions before taking them. “This simple practice allows them to deal with cravings without succumbing to them,” and since cravings and triggers are often responsible for relapse, some form of meditation may prove invaluable to the journey.

If it seems like your recovery from addiction may be better facilitated in a professional environment, then try not to think negatively of the possibility. Rehabilitation is most productive in a clinical setting, in a place meant for such an experience, where everyone present is focused on helping you to reach your goals. Since it can be dangerous to undertake this alone, there is no shame at all in entering into a program that can ease addiction recovery, despite the harmful stigma that is too-often present within society.

Recognize the ‘dangers’ that come with sobriety, once you reach it. Spending time with the same people and in the same places as before may lead to a relapse. Also, you’ll need to fill the time previously spent drinking or using drugs with a new and healthy activity, so make those plans ahead of time so that they don’t take you by surprise in the future. Contact The Bergand Group if you are looking into 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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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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