Addiction is complex and affects many aspects of your life. Living without drugs or alcohol can seem impossible when you are struggling with addiction. While actively using, drugs and alcohol take your brain hostage and control the way it functions, making an impact on critical thinking, movement, speech, health, and relationships.
Recovery does happen with the right treatment, mindset, and lifestyle changes. In recovery, you could face challenges that make you feel like giving up. Preparing for these challenges and developing a plan in treatment will encourage your sobriety for success in recovery.
Drugs and alcohol affect the brain’s neurotransmitters, which send messages to the rest of the body to function normally. Excessive levels of dopamine are released from the addicted brain, which gives a person the pleasurable feeling or high. Holistic treatment helps you clear your mind, restore your health, and renew your spirit.
Some people who struggle with addiction turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or bipolar. Often addiction and mental health conditions co-occur and need to be treated simultaneously for success in recovery. Addictive behavior is habit forming and is detrimental to relationships, family life, responsibilities, and job productivity.
Healthy, sober activities
Meditation and yoga are healthy activities that use breathing techniques to help clear the mind and renew the spirit. Clearing the mind in an oxygen-rich environment helps the brain to heal and function without the control of drugs or alcohol.
Engaging in healthy, sober activities can give your brain and senses a rest from overstimulation. Meditation helps your brain relax and stay focused, which benefits the mind, body, and spirit. Good nutrition is also an important component in recovery to restore and maintain mental and physical health. Some healthy activities include surfing, hiking, yoga, exercise, acupuncture, and journaling.
Build your resources and support network
Get support from sober friends and family and let them know if you feel the urge to use drugs or alcohol again. They can encourage you to stay on track to sobriety. Attend group meetings during and after treatment. Friendships are often cultivated through meeting other sober people to count on for support.
There is hope in recovery
Recovery is feeling all of your feelings both pleasant and unpleasant and learning to cope without drugs or alcohol. Recovery is truly living again. You deserve a fulfilling, healthy life, one that you cannot have if you are still trapped in addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help today. Addiction is isolating, but you do not need to suffer alone. Treatment is available and there is hope in lifelong recovery. Do not give up. Get help now.
The Fort Worth Recovery umbrella covers medically supervised detox, as well as residential programs for men and women alike. Our programs are abstinence-based and combine a 12-step approach with a strong mental health component, integrating cutting-edge techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, and Motivational Interviewing. For more information or to start your healing journey, please fill out a contact request form and one of our recovery experts will connect with you shortly.