Understanding the Road to Recovery Before Taking the Journey


Alcoholism and drug addiction can be devastating. They can take an otherwise promising life and turn it upside down. Addictive behavior can be a perilous road that leads to the gates of insanity and eventually the ultimate consequence: death.

So, what do you do if you think you have a problem with drugs or alcohol? The first tip is to open your mind to the suggestion that there may be a problem. Here are the basics to help you understand the road to recovery before you embark on your own journey.

Accept the Possibility

While this may appear to be the simplest aspect of recovery, it is the most critical. Without an appreciation that there may be a problem, most alcoholics and addicts continue to live in denial.

Only through accepting the possibility that there may well be a problem can any journey toward recovery begin. Success in a treatment program, or ultimately in a transitional living environment, is founded on the acknowledgment that a problem truly exists. Only then can you start the journey to recovery.

Accept a Solution

Once you’ve overcome that first hurdle of accepting that there is a problem, you will be receptive to the idea of there being a solution. The first part of recovery will involve some level of surrender, but it does not represent total defeat.

The odd paradox about surrendering and accepting the possibility that you have a drug or alcohol problem is that it actually will empower you. This empowerment can come in different forms and follow different methods.

Accept Help

Ultimately, you will find the solution comes in the form of help. That help could be a kind and understanding ear that identifies with you and the struggles you have. The biggest problem many alcoholics and addicts experience is depression and a sense of loneliness.

Accepting that there is a problem, and a solution exists to recover from the problem, opens the door for you to get help. Most journeys in recovery begin with treatment. If your problem has escalated to dangerous levels, a period of medically supervised detox is recommended.

After the physical dangers are gone, the mental challenges will still be present. These mental challenges to living clean and sober can be frightening. By seeking help, you will be establishing a foundation for your recovery.

A treatment program will often follow the detox period. This is a structured environment where you will develop a set of tools to handle the lifelong journey in recovery. However, treatment facilities are not places where you can hide permanently from the real world.

Since living back out in society can produce dangerous triggers, many alcoholics and addicts choose to take residence in a structured post-treatment setting following release from their treatment facility.

Transitional treatment residences – commonly referred to as halfway houses – provide a drug and alcohol-free environment. In this setting, you can continue on your recovery journey with the support of more like-minded individuals.

Continuing down the path of destruction caused by alcohol and drug abuse is a horrible decision. To understand what recovery means is simple. You need to first accept the idea you have a problem. Once you open your mind to recovery, it can begin.

Along that journey, you will find a solution and a wealth of helpful people. The final thing to keep in mind is that recovery is just that, a journey. As you begin to enjoy your own journey, you’ll be glad to know there isn’t an end or a desire for one.

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