Some of the things that can help promote an easier road to sobriety are:
- A solid support system, including ongoing individual and group counseling opportunities, is important for recovery. Communication with therapists is important, so that they can help the patient best respond to cravings and other stimuli that may lead to relapse.
- Positive encouragement from family and friends. Communicating with family and friends about the difficulties that can occur after treatment can allow supporters to anticipate and navigate challenges with the patient. An opportunity for family members to attend professionally-staffed counseling sessions can also increase the chances of a smooth transition and resolutions for problems that may come up with the return of the recovering addict.
- Regular fellowship meetings. Keeping in close contact with fellow recovering addicts can offer insight through interaction and sharing that might not otherwise be there.
- Wellness resources to promote healthy habits. A community-based 12-step program offers the support, life direction and service to others that has helped many recovering addicts maintain their foothold in sobriety
There are other steps that can be taken to maximize the chances that treatment will be successful. An article featured in National Geographic: DRUGGED provides helpful tips for successful recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. The author cautioned that when treatment does not result in cessation of use, the patient must not look at the experience as a failure or a problem with willpower. Addiction is a disease, not a result of a lack of effort. And while there is no cure for addiction; management of addiction disorders can be successful.
The article also reinforced the need for patients to recognize that recovery is a one-day-at-a-time process. They should not allow past behaviors or fear associated with the recurrence of old habits to cast any negativity over the progress they have made. Therapists will often work with recovering addicts to help develop techniques for battling negative beliefs and feelings that may lead to relapse.
A process of changing the recovering addict’s life to match the level of change they want to see in their behavior patterns may be a positive step in maintaining a sober balance. For instance, a new environment, featuring new activities, friends and experiences can often help a patient begin anew, with positive, affirming surroundings. The recovering addict is particularly encouraged to consider their friendships and identify those that can may facilitate addiction, rather than help with recovery. Friends that may jeopardize a recovery should be avoided.
No two recovering addicts are exactly alike. What tools work for one person; may not work for another. However, there is a long list of support tactics that can be beneficial to the recovering addict in maintaining their life of sobriety.
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