5 Ways How Overcoming An Addiction Brings Peace And Healing
Addiction to drugs or alcohol powerfully affects every aspect of daily living — within people suffering from addiction, and their network of family, friends, and coworkers. The consequences of addiction are potentially devastating. Thankfully, compassionate, comprehensive treatment and support is widely available. Effective treatment and aftercare can lead to a brand-new life full of joy and growth in the very areas touched by addiction. Here are several ways that overcoming an addiction may bring tranquility and restoration.
Families of those with addiction frequently experience great stress. A common refrain in recovery circles is “addiction is a family disease.” Fortunately, whether a person with addiction chooses inpatient or outpatient treatment, there’s no shortage of resources for family support and therapy.
Family members (along with the patient) can learn healthy coping mechanisms, set appropriate boundaries, and prioritize living with serenity. Overcoming an addiction brings peace and healing to the whole family system. Instead of focusing on the addiction and trying to protect themselves from it, family members are freer to concentrate on their own lives and address their own issues.
Addiction takes a heavy toll on health, impacting every system of the body. Often, a person with an addiction has numerous health problems that go undetected and untreated during the active phase of drug and/or alcohol use. Medical care to ease the effects of detoxification is crucial — and often, lifesaving.
Then, once the body is alcohol and/or drug-free, it’s far easier for professionals to properly diagnose and treat medical issues. Any physical treatment is also much more likely to be effective. Healing from addiction makes it much more probable that a person will consistently seek out the right kind of medical care — making a lifetime of healthy recovery achievable.
Mental Health Treatment
Mental health is inseparable from physical health. The addictive process can activate underlying mental health issues, and worsen existing ones. According to statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 45 percent of people with addiction have a “dual diagnosis” — a co-occurring mental health disorder. Mental health disorders are difficult to treat during the active phase of addiction.
Once a person with an addiction is physically stable and a strong recovery program is underway, mental health treatment can start, too. Most inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs offer comprehensive mental health services or access to a network of recommended providers. Treating the “whole person” is what the best programs are all about!
New Friends in Recovery
Social isolation and addiction to drugs and alcohol tend to go hand in hand. Warm, supportive, honest connections are the antidote. Taking a look at one’s “playgrounds and playmates” is a vital aspect of recovery. To maintain sobriety, one can’t go back into close relationships with people who abuse drugs or alcohol.
Fortunately, there’s a vast network of treatment center- and community-based support groups for people from all walks of life who have addictions. These lifelines to connection are as close as a quick online search. New friendships in recovery have a different basis than those made while in active addiction. It can be challenging to learn new ways of relating when not under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, but it’s a powerful protection against loneliness.
Money problems are common consequences of addiction. These issues might have started long before the active addiction took hold. A supportive clinical and recovery community can be extremely helpful to the recovering addict. Together, they can identify long-standing patterns, work through personal concerns, and develop a workable plan of action in regard to finances. Inner peace from wise financial decisions can’t be bought — it’s cultivated with the help of a sober community.
Getting help for an addiction can mean healing and peace in numerous aspects of life; these are just a few. Consider them as you make important decisions about treatment for you or a loved one!
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