Living life in recovery back from any devastating addiction can seem like a euphoric paradise at the start.
It may seem that our drug addled past is like a bad memory on the precipice of our history. That the road ahead coming out from treatment and into life in recovery is a paved road set before us. Paved with our every good intentions and positive dreams, but life hardly ever works the way we wish it would.
Remembering Our Addiction
In reality, life can be very different than what we perceive in our heads.
Starting life anew riddled with reminders of a previous life crippled by addiction, can seem overwhelming to many.
The addiction can leave behind remnants of its existence to more than just physical reminders, but also societal reminders. The addiction also leaves behind with it a string of friends past and shared histories. Whatever that addiction was, whether it came or left abruptly, was for all intents and purposes for many, their life in general. Their private and many times their social lives.
Once trying to live this new life tainted with addiction cemented deep into the foundations of it, stepping into a treatment center takes far more bravery than many give it credit for. This takes bravery because of the step into the unknown.
The step into the void.
The Bravery in Ourselves
Seeking help in treatment is to take a step into the dark for many addicts, and it’s something that even those not going through it must understand what is going on. It has to be understood so society as a whole can stare an illness in the face and understand its inner mechanisms.
One does not need to be a solider to understand bravery on the battlefield when they see it.
Failing to understand the severity about what is going on in the mind of an addict is detrimental for us as a society to progress. This progression is only going to take off, off the backs of those brave souls seeking treatment.
Walking out of the darkness and into the light of sobriety is a journey taken differently by all variations and forms of life.
Learning how to live life after treatment and well into recovery is a process like any other. A process that has to be thoroughly prepared for because the process will have forks in the road, dead ends, and cliffs.
The time after treatment is a fickle and fragile time that can be riddled with misunderstandings and disillusions. Nevertheless, depending on how much one wants the light on the horizon, it requires a strength and resiliency on the part of the addict, probably more than anything they have ever gone through before in their life.
After the detoxing and treatment taken regarding the cleanse of the physical body and cleansing of the cognitive part of it, many wonder: what else can there be left to do?
Unfortunately there isn’t a user manual to follow when going through this difficult time. It’s a completely understandable human emotion to fear the unknown and fear what we cannot physically prepare for. That is to say only to prepare mentally, a prospect difficult to gauge simply because there is nothing there to gauge it from.
Thankfully there is nothing but positive news when it comes to this questionable confusion.
The gauge we do have is the gauge of our history. Like most things in our life, there is a compare and contrast aspect to it all.
It should be easy in recovery looking back at the change in lifestyle. It should be fairly easy to look back at our very own past and see progression.
Clearing Up Misconceptions
With most addicts seeking help, studies have shown that many (if not most) believe that the most difficult part in treatment or even seeking help, is in the detox phase and the withdrawals associated with it. Many addicts believe that once that part of the treatment is over, everything else comes much easier relative to that part.
While sometimes the withdrawal process might be the most difficult part of going through treatment, this is not always the case. In fact it might just be a small minority of the cases related to it.
Alcohol withdrawal is the leading cause in much of the world of death related to withdrawal. In addition, alcohol leads America in addiction rates compared to every other substance in existence (both illegal and legal). All across the country in both popular media and smaller segments related to it, the problem of alcoholism is drastically overlooked. Perhaps because of its legal status, it might be adding to the misperception much of the American population has when it comes to alcohol.
Coming in second to alcohol in leading cause of death due to withdrawal is heroin.
Before going on, it should be noted that in the majority of the cases where death from withdrawal has occurred, nearly all cases are simply because they were left untreated. With today’s modern medicine, taming the withdrawal process and making it bearable as having been nearly perfected in its safety and effectiveness is the stage we have reached when it comes to this science. Even though there are still many bumps along the road as we try to better understand how to combat the withdrawal process, it now is the most technologically advanced since all of human history.
Still, what many get wrong about the whole process is that most people go through the detox and withdrawal process fairly uneventful, where the biggest issues aren’t even in the treatment, but in what happens afterwards.
An all too common problem with many people going through treatment is the failure in cementing the ideas taught in treatment afterwards.
Fighting addiction for many is a lifelong battle.
There is an all too common mistake happening to many people who complete treatment. It’s a delusional attitude when trying to get an outlook on what life will then look like after treatment.
Part of the journey out of recovery is the struggle that happens with the urges and aftermath of it. Many sometimes fall into a worse condition of addiction in recovery than they ever had before. This is because the lack of care after treatment.
Fighting addiction does not stop with treatment, it’s a lifelong process that must be sharpened throughout one’s life. Luckily, unlike many are prone to believe, studies have shown that the struggle against addiction gets easier with age.
The Journey Ahead
Battling addiction is a road that all of us who go through it, know the storm it leaves behind in our psyche and our memories. Depending on how we decide to look back at our library called life, do we really want a book replicated multiple times, never changing it up?
We can decide to either add to our library of life or leave it with replicated copies in an eternity of redundancy.
Getting help is just another bend in our life in a never ending road, and letting a single sign control the direction the road goes and not us, is the first mistake we all make. Take control of your life again. Don’t fall victim to the blissful trap many of us inevitably do. Get help today.