Long term addiction of any type frequently becomes a devastating cycle of loneliness and isolation. Friends and family try to help. They beg and plea with the addict to quit their habit and seek recovery. They may plan an intervention to save the addict from himself and his demons. When everything seems to fail, friends and family begin to slip away. Despair and loneliness become a way of life. The addict either embraces their addiction or strives for a life of sobriety.
Waiting for an addict to hit rock bottom before offering support or seeking help is a dangerous and potentially fatal misconception. An addict who lives in isolation is more likely to drive under the influence, overdose or commit suicide. It is important for loved ones to recognize addiction as a disease rather than a lifestyle choice.
Once an addict begins his journey to recovery he may need some time to grieve the loss of his habit. This is a normal part of the recovery process. This should not be used as an excuse for isolation. Rehab is a time to learn new behaviors. It is vital for the addict to accept the support offered by their care team, take part in group functions and learn to share their personal story.
Recovery does not end with the completion of a rehab program. Sobriety is a lifetime commitment. It may be difficult to leave old friends behind, but it is important to avoid people and situations that could potentially draw the addict back into past destructive behaviors. It is equally important to avoid isolating oneself from social situations. It is time to develop new friendships and healthy interests. Change things up whenever possible. Old habits are hard to break. The addict should not develop new addictions to replace the old ones.
Acceptance is an important aspect of the rehab process. Understand that sobriety is a constant work in progress and an addict will always need a support system of some type. It is vital to incorporate recovery into daily life. A person in rehab must not be afraid to reach out to friends and family when weakness encroaches. Many people find Alcoholics Anonymous or other aftercare programs helpful. Very few people are able to conquer their addiction alone.
It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. The same is true for an addict. Sobriety does not guarantee a life of roses and unicorns. There will be trials and tribulations, losses and challenges that will threaten a successful recovery. Failure can lead to shame and rejection. Loneliness is a major contributor to substance abuse. As difficult as it may be, it is important for the addict to admit their mistake and accept the help of others.
It is important to remember that every day brings a new beginning. Reject the urge to glorify the past but be ready to embrace the future.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it is important to find help at a professional recovery center as soon as possible. The longer you wait to get professional help for a serious addiction to drugs or alcohol, the worse the addiction will become and the worse the ramifications will be on that person’s health.
Don’t forget that addiction spreads to other parts of an individual’s life as well. Families, careers and financial savings have all been lost because of addiction. Get help as soon as possible at a professional IOP or PHP recovery center today. And remember that there is always hope. For help with addictions please call (561) 404-7820.