If you're struggling with addiction, you may be wondering where to turn next. The idea of wrestling your addiction may feel daunting; perhaps you’ve tried to beat it yourself and are struggling with temptations or other worries in your life that cause you to use again. Or, maybe you don’t think you can go about breaking free from it without help. It’s important to know that you’re loved and not alone, and you can beat this. Let’s talk about the available resources that can provide you with some extra support to help you on your recovery journey.
Therapy can be an extremely useful tool in all walks of life, and that includes addiction treatment. You may be offered either an inpatient therapy program or an outpatient one. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from each of them.
Inpatient therapy usually involves staying at a treatment facility for an extended period of time. This can be for a few weeks or even months, depending on the level of help you need. Inpatient therapy is extremely effective because it allows you to be in a safe and controlled environment that’s away from any external triggers. This means you are able to concentrate on your recovery and not have anything else to worry or think about. During your stay at an inpatient treatment facility, you can expect to receive solo counseling, attend group therapy, and take part in holistic activities.
Outpatient therapy means you can still attend these therapy sessions, but are able to live at home as usual. This is often given as an option to people that may have work or commitments at home. Much like inpatient therapy, outpatient will offer you solo counseling, group therapy sessions, and even educational sessions that will teach you how to handle recovery alone when you’re not in attendance.
In both types of therapy, your counselor will look at personalizing your treatment to make sure you’re going in the right direction. They will use treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to find out what your triggers are, so that you can better understand them, recognize them earlier, and accept them.
You should also consider seeing your primary physician to help overcome your addiction. GPs can play a huge role in helping you with withdrawal symptoms and detoxifying in the safest way possible. They can prescribe medications that can help you with withdrawal symptoms, meaning quitting your addiction is less physically uncomfortable.
The care from your primary physician also extends further than managing withdrawal symptoms. They can help with any health issues that have arisen because of your substance abuse. They will encourage you to attend regular check-ups where they can monitor your overall well-being and treat you accordingly.
Your primary physician will also look at both your mental health and your physical health. Monitoring both plays a huge role in your recovery. If mental health issues are what drove you to substance use, they’ll recommend treatments and medications that can help support your mental recovery.
While some people are able to overcome their addiction alone, it’s perfectly normal to want companionship during this difficult time. Building a support system when you’re recovering is equally essential, so let’s look at what kind of support groups you could look into.
Attending support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) allows you to share your experiences with those who truly understand what you’re going through. These groups also allow you to share small victories and any struggles you're having. The great part about groups like these is that the space you’re in is a non-judgemental space, which allows you to feel safe. These groups allow those who attend to draw strength from each other’s victories and downfalls to keep going on the road to recovery collectively.
If you live in a remote area, or can’t find a group that you feel supported in, then there are also online support groups that you could attend. Take a look online to see if there are any virtual meetings you can regularly become a part of.
Your family should also play a huge role in your recovery. Bringing family members to your therapy sessions allows them to understand what you’re going through and in turn, will help strengthen the support you have at home.
Letting your friends know of your struggles and relying on them for encouragement is also helpful. While you may want to keep your addiction a secret, letting friends know allows them to make adjustments to their lives to support you.
Having these support networks is essential; not just for the added encouragement but for your own personal accountability to. If you know that the people you love are rooting for you, you’re more likely to stay motivated and achieve your goal of recovery.
Your emotional well-being should be at the top of your priority list. Doing mindfulness activities like taking long walks outside, learning new arts and crafts, and practicing self-care all can be instrumental to your road to recovery.
These activities will help you develop coping mechanisms and can serve as a healthy distraction from other thoughts that might be developing in your head.
Going to the gym and prioritizing what food you’re putting into your body also helps regulate your mood. A healthier mind and body means you’ll have the strength to continue your path to recovery.
Jackson House Recovery Centers offer effective and up-to-date forms of treatment. Our highly trained and licensed professionals are dedicated to giving you the best care possible, ensuring you beat your addiction and live a healthy life. Learn about our treatment philosophy and addiction programs by contacting us. Don’t let addiction rule your life - take charge now by pursuing wellness.