Recovery From Addictions In Leeds
Recovery from an addiction is a learning and an un-learning process.
Recovery from alcohol or substance misuse is a difficult and very personal step to take, and everybody's journey moving into recovery will be different. Many different aspects of a persons life can affect how they achieve and sustain recovery, and few will achieve recovery in the same way, but there are, core areas or similarities that people wishing to enter into recovery can focus on:
A secure base.
An individual in recovery needs a secure place which feels safe for them, a roof over their heads, and enough income for basic needs such as food and warmth. Choosing healthy food so as to give the body and brain enough nutrients to repair itself is also important.
Finding a purpose to life.
People need to find a purpose in life in their recovery in order to keep going, this may be family, or a job, or simply keeping your sanity! New, healthy routines can be established and exercise should be encouraged as early on in recovery as possible.
This is important, otherwise recovering from any addiction would be pointless. Often being around other people who are in recovery is extremely helpful for the individual in early recovery.
This gives them support and an understanding that achieving and sustaining recovery is possible, learning from people who have been through similar experiences.
Hopelessness plays a large part in keeping individuals stuck in old, irrational thought processes and we have to work hard at looking at our own thoughts, perceptions, emotions and belief systems before we can start to fully recover.
Recovery is like starting out in a whole new life, often described as "been reborn" or "living in reality, rather than in a bubble". In time, the sense of self is no longer caught up in the cycle of guilt, shame and hopelessness, and emotions start to surface that have often been suppressed for years.
This can be overwhelming to begin with and the first few months can seem like a roller coaster of ups and downs, but the rewards of putting into practice what you have learned on your journey into recovery, and observing small, positive changes in yourself, start to bring about larger changes which start to fall into place - It may be a cliche, but positivity really does breed positivity!
Support is essential for recovery (especially in early recovery). It is extremely hard to try to even begin to explain to family and close friends what it is like to crave or have triggers, or the anxiousness and the irrational thinking that consumes the individual who is going through addiction.
We often don't know ourselves what is happening to us, and this is an area where mutual aid groups such as SMART Recovery or AA / NA can be of real value. Groups are not for everybody, and one has to be aware that most people who attend are not trained professionals in addiction, but the benefits of being around like-minded people out-way any negative eventualities from attending groups
Personally, I am more comfortable with the concept of SMART recovery as it is based around REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy) and is more focused on cognitive awareness.
New coping strategies.
Old ingrained behaviours need to be explored, identified and changed. This is not an easy task for anybody as many of our old tendencies can be triggered by words, thoughts, smells, places, friends etc. Old drinking or using friends are best kept at arms length, those who are true friends will show support and understanding, while many old acquaintances may be more dangerous to be around, especially in early recovery.
Recommended and Further Reading.
Problem Drinking by Nick Heather and Ian Robertson
(This book is not available as a kindle version but is often available in print on eBay cheap)
Understanding Addiction As Self Medication by Edward J Khantzian
Shame - The Exposed Self by Michael Lewis
Neuro-Linguistic Programming NLP by Dr Elizabeth Ann Diamond
Getting Past Your Past by Francine Shapiro
The Brain: The Story Of You by David Eagleman
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