Finding Your Strength in Recovery
According to the National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse, addiction is defined as “the continued use of a mood altering substance despite adverse dependency consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.” People who are going through active addiction will continue to abuse their drug of choice despite the increasingly-apparent issues it causes with health, relationships, finances, etc.
Addiction Affects Everyone
Addiction doesn’t discriminate; it affect all ages, races, genders, and financial demographics. Throughout the world, almost everywhere, millions and millions of people suffer from addiction. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health believes that an 20.8 million people worldwide over the age of 12 were struggling with addiction in 2006. Since then, the problem has worsened dramatically, especially when it comes to certain drugs.
Anyone can benefit from addiction treatment; unfortunately, few people seek it out. In the US, everyone can afford treatment somewhere, somehow. The government takes great pains to make that possible, because the authorities know how badly alcoholism and drug addiction affect the country and its stability. Still, less than 1 percent of people with a drug or alcohol problem end up receiving care at a specialized addiction treatment facility.
Much of that is due to stigma, mythology, and misunderstandings regarding how–and if–treatment works.
Using Strength to Weaken Addiction
Many of those who do get help will see treatment as daunting because they don’t feel like they have enough strength to get through the emotional hurdles. There are ways to help with that. Here are some tips for finding strength during the hardest parts of recovery.
Be kind to yourself
If you’ve beaten yourself up over misdeeds you’ve committed in the past due to your addiction, it’s time to let those go. It won’t be easy, but you’re in the right place, because the specialists agree with us, and they’re going to help you.
Acknowledge achievements, big or small
Recovery is a process, and the little pieces add up. Recognizing each achievement can help build and maintain morale. When you’re this close to quitting, the smallest things can make the difference.
Remember that mistakes and failures happen
We’re not saying relapse is okay; setbacks are never okay–and that’s what makes them setbacks. If you slip, you can catch yourself.
Blueprints provides a safe space for young men to enter into sober living and recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call us to find out how we can help support your journey.