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How to Recover from Addiction


Addiction recovery treatment is most successful when it is initiated by enrollment at an inpatient treatment facility. The recommended length of stay is 60-90 days. Upon discharge from the addiction recovery program, the addict must stay looped in with a network of recovering addicts. It is also highly recommended that the alcoholic choose a sponsor before leaving inpatient treatment so that the relationship can continue growing once treatment is completed. The sponsor and sponsee will communicate daily on everything from step-work to daily gripes in sobriety. The addict should try to get phone numbers at Narcotics Anonymous meeting and make connections with recovering addicts elsewhere to build up a sober and clean support network. This way he/she always has someone to go to meetings with and to engage with in sober activities.

Recovering addicts are encouraged to keep sobriety as their number one priority, particularly during the first year of recovery. Jobs, relationships, family, and hobbies come next in line to adhering to a recovery program.

If you are a recovering addict, most professionals will recommend the following steps to facilitate and enhance your recovery process:
  • Pray or meditate daily
  • Spend time “fellowship-ing” before, during and after NA meetings
  • Join a sober/clean group, such as a church group, hiking group, or healing yoga class
  • Read books, self-help materials, health journals, etc
  • Pamper yourself; take a bubble bath, watch a recovery-related film, get a massage, listen to music
  • Stay away from places and people you used to use drugs with
  • Set boundaries with existing family members and non-recovery friends to safeguard your sobriety
  • Exercise daily
  • Be of service; this is the last and most important piece of advice. Help others, shake hands with a newcomer, and perform selfless deeds.
It is important, as a recovering addict, not to exert yourself the point of exhaustion. Addiction recovery programs teach you to memorize and understand the acronym H.A.L.T. -- Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. Try not to find yourself experiencing any of these, and if you do, take steps to change your state of mind.

Addiction recovery is an individualized process that differs depending on the addict’s drug of choice, length of time addicted, and family history. There is no standard set of addiction recovery rules to abide by or a simple best answer. There are many types of recovery programs available to drugs addicts, specifically called outpatient centers. Outpatient treatment programs for drug addicts offer scheduling options that are flexible, so the addict can schedule outpatient treatment around existing obligations. For addicts attending school or work during the day, there are widespread thrice-weekly outpatient programs from 6pm-9pm. Outpatient treatment facilities generally incorporate group therapy, neurological studies, AA/NA-type group structures, Big Book studies, and in some cases, individualized psychotherapy as part of their treatment program. Recovering drug addicts are encouraged to participate in an outpatient treatment program upon discharging from inpatient treatment so that he or she can sustain accountability throughout the early stages of addiction recovery.

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