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Stages of Addiction Recovery

Suganya Sukumar
Addiction means an intense physical or psychological dependence on something. Recovering from it may be sometimes difficult, but never impossible. There are two important stages of addition recovery. Let's know about them in this story.
Most of us are addicted to something or the other. If it's a mild form of addiction it can be neglected, but if it's a life-consuming problem like alcohol, drug, etc., it should not be ignored and we should take necessary steps to recover from it.
You must have heard people saying that, it is easy to develop bad habits but hard to leave them. But don't let those words discourage you. Undergo the entire process of addiction recovery and enjoy the freedom in your life.

Early Recovery Stage

After you take a decision to get rid of your addiction, you enter into the early recovery stage, wherein you start the process of becoming sober. This stage would be like riding on a roller-coaster. But you should not forget that you are in the process of making a lifetime decision, that would surely make a wonderful change in your life.
It's a fairly good idea to spend your early recovery stage in treatment centers where doctors, therapists, counselors will educate you about the recovery and also the place will help you stay away from the dependence on substance or alcohol.
Understanding the severity and consequences of your addiction is important, and so you need have good teachers in this field, to guide you towards the right way of life. Follow the directions given by the therapist or doctor, to remove the effects of the drugs or alcohol which you have consumed.
Rehabilitation centers will be of great help and seeking their advice can surely make a change. Many presume that rehabilitation centers would be like a jail and you may lose your freedom. But the truth is, Get away from your addiction and you can gain back the whole world.
Keep in mind that, treatment centers will help you to physically get rid of the problem, but they are not the only way to help you in the recovery process. Instead of fighting to control your life with therapies and medicines, set it free by shifting your focus on personal growth. If not you, who can shape up your life better.
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach...
...Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours" ~ Ayn Rand

Long-term Recovery Stage

In this stage, you will be having quite adequate knowledge about the addiction you had, and you may not need any peer support from the therapists or doctors. At this stage, it's all your actions that will play a vital role in not sliding back to your old habits or maintaining your sobriety.
Be aware that, your self-complacency, should not be an obstacle in the process of your recovery. Take deliberate actions to push yourself in the path of growth. Give more emphasis on holistic growth, as you progress. Don't get stuck by relying on 'social solution', which may make you vulnerable to relapse.
Above all these, don't associate yourself with drunkards, drug users, revelers, gamblers, and unfaithful people. They can be a big motivation to make you get trapped in the same old addiction. Care for yourself and also help others to recover from their addictions.
Treatment centers and rehabilitation centers can just guide you to recover. But, it's your effort that matters. If you are not taking any measures to move away from the addiction, then you are surely moving close to it.
Understand that, it is not fun to get addicted to any kind of things that can ruin your life be it drug addiction or even gambling problem. And finally, don't bargain with your temptation and let it consume you.

"Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? " ~ Pro 6:27.