Drug Alcohol Recovery – The Way To Live Clean & Sober
Today, millions of Americans are successfully recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Recovery from addiction means someone is in the process of actively abstaining from drug or alcohol use while participating in a 12-step or non-12-step program.
Most would agree recovery is a lifelong process. It starts with detox and rehab, joining a support group, in either 12-step or a non-12-step-based organization. Next, recovery is the active participation in personal development while staying continuously clean & sober. Finally, recovery starts with a person’s willingness to admit they have a problem.
Most drug addicts live in a state known as denial. Meaning they deny to themselves and others the degree to which they are abusing drugs and or alcohol. Without the addict’s cooperation and commitment to the process, no real, lasting success can occur.
It is a process, not a destination. It starts with admit having a problem and then moves in the direction of learning about addiction and practicing the principles required. Thanks to a few medical pioneers some 75 years ago, drug addiction was reclassified, and people are now allowed to be treated medically rather than just psychologically.
There is no known cure for addiction. However, putting it and keeping it in remission is the only known way to overcome it. Addiction is an incurable disease. Some people can stay off drugs without actively participating in a program, but they are rare and at high risk of relapsing. Recovery is the method of keeping addiction and or alcoholism in remission by working a program.
Recovery from addiction is the process whereby a self-proclaimed addict or alcoholic is actively participating in a program to help ensure they abstain from using any mood-altering substances. The process is never simple or easy. Much has been written and debated on this vital, life-saving phenomenon. It is a process because there is much to learn.
Many things in the addicted person’s life should be closely examined and changed to ensure a drug-free lifestyle is obtained and maintained. There are lots of different ways to get and sustain abstinence from drug abuse.
There are alternatives to the 12-step path as it does not necessarily work for everyone. We encourage people to look at all the options available and choosing the one they feel is right for them. Here are the general steps which most people have taken to become and stay drug-free and in recovery;
- admit there is a problem
- become willing to take action
- detox – medically monitored withdrawal from all substances
- some form of assessment and evaluation
- determine what level of rehabilitation needed
- enroll in the right, best drug rehab available
- attend and fully participate in a rehab program
- plan, register, and join a continuing project of rehabilitation
- Find NA or other 12-step meetings and do a meeting every day for 90 straight days
- Work the 12-steps or some other support group’s program and make staying clean the #1 priority
Choosing the proper drug program is extremely important. It can mean the difference between being successful or not. Finding a suitable rehab facility starts with narrowing the field down to 3-4 programs that accept your health insurance. Then match up the strengths of each of them with the person’s needs and preferences.
Here are the steps to start down the path of recovery:
- find 3-5 good treatment centers that accept your type of health insurance
- research each one carefully to see which offers the best therapy and care
- match up your needs and preferences against each facility
- please take it to the admissions’ staff and ask a lot of right questions
- write down the pros and cons of each one
- talk to a person you trust and make a good well thought out decision