Learning from Past Addiction Recovery Mistakes

Learning from Past Addiction Recovery MistakesThere is no quick fix to addiction. Suddenly quitting use of a substance without medical assistance or refusing to delve into the personal issues behind addiction can leave an addict right where he or she started – watching life spin out of control and feeling unable to stop it.

Recovering addicts must understand that even with the best professional help and the most supportive family and friends, they will still face many challenges on the road to recovery and may even face multiple setbacks. Understanding that a drug-free life will not be easy and using mistakes as a chance to learn rather than give up can help a recovering addict overcome addiction and find a healthy life in Ohio.

What Are Common Challenges to Recovery?

Recovery begins with withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Withdrawal is uncomfortable or painful, and cravings can last long after physical addiction seems to have passed. Recovering addicts may return to drug use to put a quick end to withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Challenges continue even after an individual gets professional help. Coming back to the real world after addiction recovery can be overwhelming. Individuals must find jobs, face relationships damaged by addiction and rebuild financial security. Addiction distorts an addict’s outlook, so he or she may not have noticed how deeply addiction affected every aspect of his or her life for the worse.

What Mistakes Do Recovering Addicts Make?

Common recovery mistakes include the following:

  • Not doing everything it takes to remove drugs from your life. Removing yourself from drugs, drug-using friends and potentially triggering situations is essential to long-term recovery.
  • Going through recovery alone. Support from professionals and fellow recovering addicts can make the difference between defeat and lifelong recovery.
  • Leaving treatment too early. Many addicts are understandably anxious to return to their everyday lives, but leaving treatment too early increases the risks of relapse. Confidence is essential to an addict’s healing, but overconfidence is damaging.
  • Not taking advantage of resources. Outpatient treatment, community groups and education and job resources exist for addicts and are essential to long-term recovery.

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If you are struggling with an addiction and are ready to stop letting it rule your life, call our 24 hour toll-free helpline to speak with a recovery counselor about your treatment options. Recovery is challenging but not impossible, and professional treatment can help you overcome the obstacles in your path. Please call today.