Recovery from an addiction is a process that comes from a willingness to change from a person who can’t stop drinking alcohol, to a person who no longer drinks. The same can be applied to an opioid addiction. When you enter recovery, you enter a world of hope.
In recovery you exercise self-determination in the face of craving the substance. You follow through with suggestions. Recovery is finding support that can help you manage the tough days and bring about new confidence. Recovery is about acknowledging your lack of control over a substance, and saying no to it. Resilience is the R in recovery.
Recovery occurs when you acknowledge a substance abuse disease, and don’t feel sorry for yourself. Everyone brings their individual needs, strengths, preferences, goals, culture, and background with them. Some of your history may include traumatic experiences and memories. In recovery you will learn coping strategies to deal with them. It is paramount for you to determine with a therapist whether you have a dual diagnosis as a result of trauma. Your pathway in recovery is therefore personal.
When in recovery, everything doesn’t always go as planned. You may have set backs and moments of discouragement. It will be helpful to look at setbacks as two steps forward and one step backwards. Recovery is about acceptance.
Recovery is holistic, in other words, your entire being is getting an overhaul—your mind, body, and spirit. A holistic approach includes relevant parts of your life. These can include: clinical treatment for mental disorders along with substance use disorders, services and supports, primary healthcare, dental care, self-care practices, family and relationships, housing, employment, education, faith or spirituality, creativity, social networks, transportation. This doesn’t mean recovery is about being superhuman. Recovery is about balance and learning your limitations and strengths.
Respect is a vital part of recovery—respect for yourself and others, and learning tolerance. Tolerance is about respecting yourself, others and taking care of yourself by letting go and disengaging as the situation warrants. So you can see that recovery encompasses a lot, but don’t let this overwhelm you, because one crucial part of recovery is learning to take things slowly. Rather than place too much pressure on yourself, take small successful steps.
“If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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