Many men and women suffering from the disease of addiction have attempted to stop countless times. They go through unimaginable pain while attempting to detoxify their bodies, only to pick up another drink or drug shortly after. This is because there are certain aspects of the disease of addiction that make it nearly impossible to achieve sobriety without a recovery program and community to guide one through the process of achieving and maintaining sobriety. We may be able to string a few days, weeks, or even months together without using. Inevitably, we find ourselves picking up another drink or drug. This is because the disease of addiction encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. Going through detox only addresses the physical aspect of the disease, but all three must be changed if we are to be successful in sobriety. Without fixing our internal condition through a daily recovery program, we will easily fall victim to the same patterns of thinking that led us into addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects on their brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.” The effects of chronic addiction on our brain changes our thought-patterns in a way that influences our actions and drives us deeper into our drug use. However, if we can maintain our sobriety, we begin to heal mentally and spiritually. The ability to maintain our sobriety requires adherence to a recovery program that continually strengthens our ability to progress in a process of self-development. Without a recovery program addressing spiritual and personal development, we will easily fall victim to relapse. Treatment facilities recognize that recovery from alcoholism and addiction requires much more than detox, and will offer residential treatment to aid someone in early sobriety in the development of coping mechanisms and recovery-based routines. After treatment, an aftercare plan is necessary to continue the process of personal and spiritual growth in effort to prevent the possibility of relapse. Achieving sobriety without treatment or recovery programs is extremely unlikely. However, through treatment and continued recovery, achieving and maintaining sobriety is possible.
You don’t have to try to manage your addiction alone. Your story can be one of joy and happiness in sobriety by seeking help and support now. Oceanfront Recovery, a treatment center in Orange County, California, offers Detox, Residential Treatment, and will aid you in the development of an Aftercare Program. For more information about treatment options, please call today: (877) 279-1777