What’s Life in Recovery Really Like?

Millions of people who struggle with drug addiction seek professional help and receive addiction rehabilitation treatment. The idea of rehab can be intimidating, as it can involve detox, therapy sessions, and educational programs. Life after rehab can be scary for some who don’t know what to expect. Rehab and recovery don’t have to be frightening as long as the person knows what to expect. Learn more about what to expect going through rehab into recovery.

Nature of Addiction

Substance addictions are powerful forces in many people’s lives. Addiction is defined as a disease that impacts different functions of the brain, including reward, memory, and motivation. A person with addiction is impacted by substances used so much that his judgment and decision-making processes become impaired. It is essential a person struggling with addiction seek professional help.

Rehab and Recovery

Rehabilitating from an addiction can take anywhere from a week to some months. Treatment varies for rehab but the focus of every kind of rehab is to prepare the person for life in recovery. Their life after treatment will not be the same as before. Many people in late stage addiction treatment and early recovery often deal with issues like:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Past rauma that has not been dealt with
  • Relationship problems that are challenging, stressful, and filled with uncertainty

Relapse is one way that recovery from addiction is challenging for people. Many who do go through rehab find that they may use substances again, even with all the best tools and resources at their fingertips. Relapse is not failure, it is an opportunity to identify further the triggers to use and the people and places to avoid to stay clean.

Living in recovery means working through myriad issues including physical, social, and psychological issues in a healthy way. This means giving up substances that helped a person cope and learning how to be strong and confident without them. Every day is an opportunity to build up the mind and body rather than destroying themselves and others with substance abuse. Learning how to cope with substance abuse is not easy. It can lead to devastating consequences if it is not dealt with but it can also lead to great successes and gains in a person’s life if they are able to make strides forward. With the right help, treatment, support, and community they are likely to find that recovery is not as challenging as they thought because there are people who love them supporting their journey.

The Palmetto Center is based on a Therapeutic Community model. We help people learn how to live free of addiction. Our community support provides structure while trained counselors offer life skills training and therapeutic techniques to help you move past addiction. Our program provides special focus for professionals including chiropractors, nurses, doctors, lawyers, and more who need help with addiction recovery. Call us to find out more: 866-848-3001.