If you’re considering professional treatment, how do you know if it works?
You’ve had it with this dark part of your life. You’re tired of seeing your friends and family worry. You’re tired of the excuses and the lack of money. Shoot - you’re just plain tired. But, you’re ready! You’re ready to walk… scratch that... you’re ready to run into that bright light at the end of the addiction tunnel. You’re ready to travel down the road to recovery. It’s taken a long time and a lot of courage to get here. But, there’s still that one small shred of doubt lurking in the shadows. Will treatment work for me?
The answer is not a tricky one. The answer is a resounding “Yes.” But there is a catch. Treatment will only work if YOU want it to.
The good thing is that you’re here already. This means you’ve got hope. And, hope is one of the main factors of a successful recovery. Since recovery is based around you and your values, it’s important to know that what you bring to the table will set the stage for your success. You also need to know that recovery is not an overnight process. It’s a lifetime journey that will require strength, but that will improve your health and wellness and will help you to reach your full potential. Recovery is a long process that evolves as you do. You might experience a setback or two. Don’t worry, though because setbacks are a natural part of life. So along with your hope, you’ll need resilience to get you through any tough times you might experience. That resilience, which will grow stronger over time, will prepare you for your next big challenge as well as get you through the now. Luckily, though, you’re not alone.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery. Take a look and you’ll see that a lot depends on you BUT letting your guard down and getting some help will get you to that finish line.
Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and, for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being
Home—having a stable and safe place to live
Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society
Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope
During your recovery, you will get support through your relationships and social networks. This could be family members, friends, community support groups and, of course, the support of the recovery center you choose. Each of these is an important element in your road to recovery. Just remember it’s ok to get help. It’s ok to need a shoulder to lean on. You’ll see that your support systems want you to get better as much as you do. They are your team, and you know you need a team to win.