Recovery is a journey, not an event. The choice of giving up drugs or alcohol is the first step to recovery. Simply giving up a substance is a courageous step in the right direction, but it may not be enough to set everything right in life. Many people turn to addiction because living sober is difficult, so when they give up substance abuse, their difficulties are still waiting for them. Finding happiness without the crutch of addiction will take time, but it’s well worth it.
Recovery happens in stages, and each person travels his own path. Some stages of recovery include acknowledging he has a problem with substance abuse and becomes willing to change. He will look for a rehabilitation center and take action to end his addiction. He may go through withdrawals, and begin to learn about life without drugs or alcohol. He will practice recovery maintenance, meaning he’ll start working the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with a sponsor and attend meetings regularly. After two years, he’ll enter advanced recovery, which means he’ll find the rhythm of living a sober life. After living in a rhythm for a while, he will find peace most of the time, even through difficult situations.
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The journey of recovery is never over, it just gets easier with time and support of people who share the same goals of sobriety. Learning to live life on life’s terms is a wonderful gift. Living life in the moment, and not panicking about the future or regretting the past is freeing. Constantly fretting about the future can lead to dissatisfaction, and he’ll miss all the fun things happening around him right now.
Achieving emotional sobriety is also very important. Now that the drugs and alcohol have left the system, many feelings surface. He will learn to become a positive thinker, and be less stressed. He won’t fear life anymore, and can develop deeper relationships with people. Emotional sobriety doesn’t happen immediately, it takes time and practice. It will be challenging, but these challenges lead to growth and self-esteem. Knowing that he can deal with anything life throws at him with grace and dignity will give him confidence to face the next challenge.
Challenges in recovery are opportunities for growth and development. Many people dread challenges and view them negatively, but dealing with difficult situations lead to new coping strategies. Each strategy is a new tool. In time, the tool box will be full, and when faced with hardship, he can open his tool box and take one he needs. He carries this tool box with him wherever he goes, and is always prepared for anything that comes his way. He used to only have one tool for coping, addiction. Now, he has an entire box of tools at his disposal.
Recovery in an ongoing process that requires diligence and commitment. Living a sober life is freeing and full of happiness. Here at our Florida drug rehab center, we help you face challenges with courage and self-esteem through our holistic drug rehab program as well as a chemical dependency program. Recovery is the opportunity for peace and courage.
A vaccine for alcoholism is reportedly underway and is about to go through testing in Chile. The vaccine is similar to the drug Antabuse in that it makes the effects of alcohol unpleasurable upon consumption. When ingested, Antabuse makes a person sick if combined with alcohol. It is often taken as a deterrent because once ingested the otherwise tempted drinker knows that they will fall ill if they try to consume alcohol. The vaccine works in the same way – essentially creating an instant hangover including headaches and nausea if alcohol is consumed.
The concept behind the new vaccine and Antabuse is to deter alcoholics from picking up the first drink. Dr. Juan Asenjo, Director of the Institute for Cell Dynamics and Biotechnology at Universidad de Chile who worked on the vaccine says, “If we can solve the chemical, the basic part of the problem, I think it can help quite a bit.”
However once an alcoholic has crossed the line into addiction, sickness is usually inevitable anyway. A common phenomenon in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is to not pick up the first drink because it will lead to more drinks and more negative effects – including sickness, blackouts and regretful actions. The pain of such suffering that follows the first drink is what brings many alcoholics into alcohol addiction treatment and 12 step programs like AA. Just like Antabuse, the new vaccine may help to initially deter problem drinkers, but a program of recovery is often needed to sustain the desire to abstain from alcohol and drugs.
The lasting effects of the alcohol vaccine are curious because with deterrent drugs like Antabuse and methadone, the addict or alcoholic uses them for the duration that they wish to abstain from opiates or alcohol. Many experience relapses because they can discontinue taking the deterrent drugs when they decide they want to get high. With the vaccine for alcoholism, alcoholics may not have such a choice and therefore may never be able to consume alcohol without getting sick.
While some may have gotten sober via using drugs like Antabuse, hundreds of thousands have gotten sober through addiction treatment programs and a program of recovery. The new vaccine for alcoholism may serve as a surface level deterrent, but deeper level of lasting alcohol addiction recovery is often needed. This is attained through addiction treatment programs that work on the specific issues, traumas and individual circumstances that led to problem drinking and a program of recovery, group support and spirituality that help addicts and alcoholics become free of their addictions.