Principles Applied For Addiction Recovery

By Peter Olson


It is not always an easy process simply to say you are not going to touch drugs or alcohol anymore. These substances are tempting and without them, you will become depressed, anxious, hungry and even lonely. Of course, not everyone goes through with this, but just about everyone will report that addiction recovery can be difficult.

People who have stopped using drugs and alcohol, have changed their entire lives around. They may have lost everything at one point, and found that they are now able to create a new life which is so much more rewarding. Obviously one needs the support of family and friends. If you don't have this, you need to connect with others in a group environment and this will help you through the tough times.

During this time, the addict should get themselves into a strict routine. This will get their minds off certain temptations. For example, starting the day with a little quiet time or meditation can release a lot of the anxiety that may be present in their life. They may also benefit from creative therapy because in this way they are able to use their hands and link the process with their minds.

Community programs have become more popular because of the success rate. They are very effective because of the format. The groups are handled by a professional psychologist and this is managed well. It is a way in which one is able to reach out to others. You may also feel more comfortable connecting with others who have experienced something similar in life.

However, some people may not be comfortable talking to a group of strangers. In a case like this, it can be a good idea to contact a therapist who deals with addictions and people who have problems with alcohol. There are many people who specialize in this. You may find that you have a problem with trauma and this is the issue that you have to deal with first and foremost.

Family therapy may also be a requirement, especially when kids are involved because they would have been severely affected in some cases. Most of the time addicts don't realize this and simply focus on themselves. It so happens that children have these memories that they have to deal with much later on in life, along with a lot of other issues as a result of their parent's drinking and drug problems.

DBT has also been used in a favorable way. They use cognitive behavioral therapy in this approach as well. They also use the mindful approach which helps them to relax and stay calm. This will help them release any tension that is entering the brain. It particularly helps someone who is having problems with temptations. They will have various ways of dealing with this.

A lot of people prefer one on one therapy. This can be for the person who is not as expressive. They addiction may have began as a result of some trauma in their life. This is something that they need to deal with along with a qualified therapist. This is essential, otherwise the addict is going to relapse, and find that alcohol or drugs is simply a form of comfort.




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