When in the throes of addiction, it can seem almost impossible to dig yourself out of the hole in which you’ve found yourself.
While it is normal to find yourself in a situation in which you’re asking yourself “How did I get here?”, it can feel next to impossible to dig yourself out.
Addiction, whether for narcotics or alcohol or something else, can be absolutely devastating. But is there a simple, quick cure? Not necessarily.
There are, however, ways to treat and rise above your addiction.
Can I cure myself of addiction?
In short: no.
However, you can pursue addiction treatment, work towards sobriety, and enter into recovery. Most former addicts assert that recovery is a life-long process.
Can you recover from your addiction without professional help?
Yes, it is possible to recover from addiction on your own. There are many stories out there of people who woke up one day and say “I cured myself!” But the testimonies and research show that professional help is more effective for long-term sobriety.
A few ways that professionals suggest for aiding in recovering from your addiction include:
- Change who you associate with
- Do not carry cash on your person
- Create your own obstacles to obtaining drugs, alcohol, etc
- Enter treatment and work with an addiction specialist
What will my recovery process look like?
To begin the process of overcoming your addiction, you must first decide to make a change. Remember: your addiction isn’t a character flaw. It’s not a sign of weakness. But the first step towards recovery and your sobriety is realizing you have a problem and deciding that you need to make a change. No one can make that decision for you – it’s yours alone.
Thank about how you’d like to change your life: keep track of how often and how much you’re using your drug of choice. Next, list the pros and cons of quitting, and how it would impact your life. Consider the things in your life that are essential to you, and how quitting would affect them.
Think about past recover attempts, and recognize what worked and what didn’t. Then, set specific, measurable goals.
Remove reminders of your addiction from your home, workplace, and hangouts.
Tell your family and friends about your recovery commitment, and talk to a professional.
Explore and weigh addiction treatment options
There are many possible recovery options, and different treatments work for different people.
What may have worked for your friend may not work for you, so it’s important to research which programs have been successful depending on your drug of choice.
Types of programs can include:
- Day treatments
- Partial hospitalization
- Outpatient treatment
- Sober living or a sober living community
- Residential treatment
Most programs include these basic steps:
- Detoxification: This step is meant to purge you of any drugs/alcohol/etc in a controlled, safe environment
- Behavioral counseling: in a group, family, and/or family setting, you investigate and identify the root cause of your use. Then, you work to learn healthy coping skills and repair relationships you have broken.
- Medication: Some people need medication to fully manage their sobriety, such as withdrawal symptom relief, or treat mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression that may have led to the addiction in the first place.
- Long-term follow-up: To maintain your sobriety and prevent relapse, it is important to continue to adhere to your sobriety and attend long-term follow-ups in person. Support groups, AA, or some other form of counseling are great for this process.
What’s the next step?
It’s important to remember that you are not alone.
Recovery residences like Karuna Recovery are an important step in the recovery process. Karuna Recovery provides structured, affordable, compassionate sober living homes in West Hollywood and Los Angeles.
Sober living, which usually comes after primary treatment, is a safe space that helps to provide structure to help you stay sober and master self-care, but in which you can enjoy some normalcy and freedom.
Contact us today to find out how to begin your sober living journey.