Addiction is a dangerous disease that is also very frustrating and often terrifying for those who suffer from it. When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, the chemistry of their brain actually changes so that it becomes hardwired to be singularly consumed with finding more and more of the substance it is addicted to.
For this reason, even though you may want to stop using, you may have found that you continued to use, or that you feel powerless to stop. This does not mean that you cannot recover from addiction. It simply means that you need professional medical help and support in order to gain the tools you need to regain control of your mental and physical health by enrolling in a treatment program.
The first step to gaining control over your addiction is to undergo the process known as detox or detoxification. Because your brain chemistry has been altered to be dependent on drugs or alcohol, your brain’s reward receptors may react very negatively when they do not receive the substance that they are addicted to.
The reactions that your body undergoes during this process are referred to as withdrawal symptoms and may include things like nausea, fever, and even seizures. For this reason, you may have little to no success when attempting to detox on your own, and may even face serious health risks if you do so. Detoxing in treatment ensures that you will make it through the process of withdrawal successfully because you will be surrounded by a support team of doctors and counselors.
A Safe Space In Treatment
Once you have gone through the process of detoxing, you will have much more mental clarity. In a treatment center, you will also finally be free of many of the things that may have previously prevented you from successfully quitting before, including access to drugs or alcohol. You will also have some time away from many of the people and events that may be triggering you to use, including other users or stressful or unpleasant situations.
Building Tools In Recovery
While in treatment, you will work with doctors, counselors, and perhaps fellow recovering addicts to cultivate tools that will help you maintain sobriety long after you leave the protected space of the treatment center. You will work with counselors on a number of things, including getting to the root of what led you to use and continue to use in the first place.
You will also work with treatment center staff to discover ways in which you can deal with triggers like stress and anxiety without drugs or alcohol. A big part of this therapeutic process will also entail engaging in activities and discussions that help you improve your self image and affirm your belief that you can and will overcome addiction.
Hope For a Better Life
The process of achieving sobriety is not simple or easy, but it is well worth the hard work that it requires. You may have spent a very long time feeling lost and hopeless in the throes of addiction, but regardless of how long you have been a prisoner to drugs or alcohol, you can and will find freedom.
The right treatment center will help you use the strength that already lies in you to carry on to a happy, healthy and productive life. Addiction is a disease that requires ongoing work and steps to maintain recovery, but with the right program, you will be able to return to your life empowered and ready to contribute to the world and the people around you in a real and meaningful way.