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Success in Recovery

We understand the importance of making sure a person has selected a reputable drug treatment center for their recovery. An effective treatment program can mean the difference between recovery and relapse, which is why we make sure our callers are in the right hands. No matter what controlled substance you are looking to overcome, calling our helpline can provide the proper tools you need to move forward in your life. The benefits and joy that can be brought through sobriety are more than worth it especially when one makes a successful recovery.

The benefits of recovery

Making a choice to find help through treatment provides a wealth of benefits including longer life expectancy, better work performance and more.

  • Increase life expectancy:Alcoholism is said to reduce life expectancy by about 10 to 12 years. Additionally, those who begin drinking excessively earlier in life will risk greater health problems if they continue to do so. Alcoholism can also cause early death because of different adverse effects including diseases such as nerve damage, anemia, pancreatitis and cirrhosis of the liver. Drugs will cause health problems, such as severe dental damage, damage to the brain and body and the risk of overdose. Choosing a life of sobriety over one of alcohol or drug abuse often allows individuals to enjoy a longer life.
  • Work performance: It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol negatively affect one’s work performance. Having drug or alcohol related offenses on one’s record may hinder one’s chances of being hired when searching for employment. In addition, an individual’s job may be jeopardized if their use leads to a decrease in work quality, increased absenteeism or decreased productivity due to time taken to drink or use. Other problems that may be avoided by sobriety include frequent work-related errors or presenting dangerous safety issues in certain industries. Overcoming drug and/or alcohol abuse can mean better productivity, more job stability or a chance to earn gainful employment.
  • Lower risk of STDs: A successful recovery will also decrease the chances of a person contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Substance abuse may lead to more risky behavior such as impulsive sexual behavior or sharing needles both of which seriously increase the risk of transmitting an STD. Sobriety reduces and/or eliminates this risk completely.

Working towards the success of staying sober

Sobriety is the goal of treatment but it is an ongoing process. Relapse is always going to be a possible problem in the life of someone who is on the road to recovery. Thankfully, there are many ways to approach relapse prevention.

In working on preventing relapse, it will be important to consider the circumstances that cause one to use in the first place. Taking good care of one’s health is essential, as having a poor diet or irregular sleeping patterns may lead to a lack of well-being and the desire to escape through drug or alcohol use.

Individuals should also seek out alternative forms of relaxation and coping mechanisms that they can use in times of stress or dealing with triggers. Taking time to avoid people, places or things that could act as triggers is also extremely beneficial. Coping skills will come in handy as not every trigger situation can be avoided and it is good to be prepared when faced with them. Probably the most important thing to remember is that a good support group is vital to relapse prevention. No one should hesitate to contact someone they can trust, such as a friend, family member or AA sponsor when feeling particularly vulnerable to substance use.

Success can come after a relapse

It is helpful to know multiple ways to prevent relapse but it is also important to know that, for many people, relapses happen. The thing to remember though is that success can still come after a relapse. If relapse does indeed occur, those in recovery should feel safe in the knowledge that they are not alone. There are several million adults and adolescents that suffer from alcohol and substance abuse with only an estimated 10 percent of sufferers ever seek treatment. Of that 10 percent,only about 20 percent will remain sober after 90 days of leaving a facility. Relapse may occur in as many as 50 to 90 percent of patients. Often, only about 5 percent of people in recovery make it to the two year mark. However, the odds of achieving lasting sobriety improve greatly once the four year mark is reached. In other words, while there is more risk of relapse at first, time is perhaps the strongest means of helping a person adapt a new lifestyle without drugs or alcohol.

Relapse is preventable but it may still happen. It is vital that individuals in recovery remember though that success in sobriety is still possible even if they relapse. There is no denying that recovering from drug or alcohol abuse is not an easy task for most people but individuals can find comfort in the fact that with good support, effective coping skills and time, the battle becomes easier.

Finding help

The journey to recovery is only a phone call away. To learn more about treatment programs near you or get more information on drug and alcohol addiction you can call the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Helpline at (855) 441-4405 or talk to a representative on our LiveChat.

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