Today I want to talk about a different kind of recovery. The recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Substance use disorder affects millions of people all over the United States. But just like recovery from an injury, going through recovery from an addiction is difficult. Every day, you have to work your “sobriety muscles” until you get stronger and stronger in a clean lifestyle.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a negative stigma associated with the treatment of addiction in this country. This doesn’t make any sense. We don’t judge those who are recovering from injuries so why do we judge those who are recovering from addictions and substance use disorder? We don’t judge diabetic patients who need treatment so why should we judge those who have the disease of addiction?
If you have a drug or alcohol addiction, one of the hardest things to do is to admit that you need outside help. But most people cannot get better on their own. There is no shame in admitting this. You are taking the first step to getting your life back, and that’s definitely a good thing.
So what can you do if you discover that you need help? First, you need to find treatment. This may mean inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment. If you are addicted to a substance that also causes physical dependence — like alcohol, opiates, or benzodiazepines — you may also need medically supervised detox. Fortunately, there are many different options available to you if you are seeking rehab like The Recovery Village in Washington.
After you have successfully completed a rehab program, you need to join some type of recovery program like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or SMART Recovery. Your loved ones may also want to go to Al-Anon or Nar-Anon meetings. In recovery meetings, you will meet other like-minded individuals who are just as committed to living a life free of drugs and alcohol.