Recovery is a highly individualised process, and one which is different for everyone. Factors influencing recovery include the nature, severity, and duration of the addiction. There are, however, a few basic principles which apply to all types of recovery:
• Recovery can occur in many different ways.
• It is empowering and self-directed.
• It is a process of healing and change.
• It involves becoming a part of society.
• It involves numerous cultural dimensions.
• It requires support from others.
• It is a component of overall health.
• Recognition for change is needed.
• It must be holistic.
• Recovery does, can and will happen.
• It begins with hope.
• It involves transcending stigma and shame.
Steps on the road to recovery
For many people suffering from addition, it can seem impossible to know where to turn. They may have tried to deal with their addiction by themselves and failed; or believe that recovery is impossible. They may be in denial, or simply too ashamed to admit to anyone that they have a problem.
Recognising the problem.
Most people who suffer from an addiction will go through a similar journey on their road to beginning their recovery. Recognising the problem.
The first step is recognising that the addiction exists and admitting, to themselves and others, that change is necessary to overcome it. In most situations, an individual cannot recover from addiction until they’re willing to commit to the changes they will need to make to their life. Recognising that you have a problem, and admitting it, is the first step on the journey.
Most people do not understand that addiction is a disease, a real physical medical condition. Once people become educated about the nature of the addiction and realise that it is not a choice or a way of life, but a genuine problem, it is easier to seek help.
People who are most successful at conquering substance misuse are those who plan and prepare for the start of their recovery, rather an embarking on it as a whim.
There are a number of simple steps which can help you to prepare for a recover from addition:
• Decide to make the changes necessary to ensure a successful recovery.
• Ask for support from friends, family and peers.
• Determine the best treatment option for you.
• Make arrangements with a health professional to talk about treatment.
• Develop a plan for recovery after treatment.
What support is best, and most effective, will vary from person to person, so it is important to research options, talk to different providers – and your doctor – and choose the option which will best work for you.