first we must define the word, Webster's dictionary
defines it as: to get or find again, to retrieve, to
bring back to normal condition, to regain health or
any other state or condition.
When we are in a state of recovery we find
ourselves trying to gain back what we have forgotten
or lost. For most, this is a loss of reality and
trying to escape reality.
The first step of recovery should be getting help.
This is something that is hard to do, to admit we
have a problem. This is the first and largest leap
you will take. It is hard to ask for help and if we
could do it on our own then we wouldn't have had
drugs in our lives in the first place.
Once we have the help to overcome this we then need
to find out what the problem or circumstances are
that led us up to the point of being addicted. When
this is found and handled the process can start .
This may sound simple, but, for everyone it is
different and can be very hard to handle. This is
why you have help from someone that can and will be
there for you.
The next step is finding out how not to fall into
the trap of addiction again. This can be handled in
many different ways. The disconnection of the old
person or habits is imperative this is not saying
the person must become a new person, but, that the
way we handle things needs to be looked at and
changed. Most people that are addicted to drugs run
from their problems and hide behind drugs or
alcohol. This is what gets us caught by our loved
ones and friends and as the cycle of addiction
progresses the problems get bigger.
When we first started to do drugs the situation that
led us to use is most often a problem or situation
that we felt we couldn't handle. It is easy to be
accepted by the group of people that use drugs they
will accept anyone, misery loves company.
addictions progressed so did our problems. Funny how
that happens isn't it.
When a person gets clean of the drugs in their
system and handles the problems of not falling back
into the same old habits and routines the next
question is, am I recovered? Well, that is a
question that has been debated since the first
person became addicted. When is an addict not an
addict anymore? That is up to the person or addict.
Some people believe that once an addict always an
addict. Others believe that once you have handled
the current addiction problem you are no longer an
addict. There is even another school of thought that
says once you have recovered from addiction you can
fall back easily you still need to be on you guard.
All of these can work for the individual it just
depends on what you want to use for your recovery.
It is very important to have a good support group in
your corner, someone that has been through their own
addiction and can offer some sense of hope and help
in times of need. When will a person stop thinking
about using drugs or alcohol? This could be
tomorrow, next week, next year or never.
The thought of using drugs may never go away but it
is what we do with that thought that counts. We
can't be judged by our thoughts and if we could most
of the population would be in jail. In order to help
with the recovery process we need to find something
to do with the time that you used to spend using,
finding and waiting for drugs, boredom can be a
recovery killer. This can be done in several ways.
We need to find out what it is that you used to do
besides drugs for fun and entertainment. Once you
have discovered it go and do it and have some fun.
Life after drugs can be the most wonderful thing you
have ever experienced. Think of it this way, can it
get any worse everything after the miserable
experience of being addicted is better, even the
problems in life are not so big once compared to
having an addiction and being a drug addict.
When you have overcome drug addiction there is
nothing that you can't do. Yes, now you can be
anything you want to be, but, only if you put as
much energy into life as you did trying to get high
or drunk. Just think of the possibilities. So start
on that road now. Lets see what happens. You can
make it and be recovered.
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