Recovery is a life-long process, at least considered by many. The National Institute on Drug Abuse developed four steps to follow. These four stages are meant to assist in the treatment of recovery from drug or alcohol abuse.
It can be hard to step forward and change your life for the better. Remember that addiction has changed your life once already. It’s time to make a positive change. It can be daunting to realize recovery is ongoing, but it is worth the effort. The four stages are supposed to help start you on the road to recovery in rehab and move you forward from there.
1. Treatment Initiation
The moment you seek help for your drug addiction, voluntarily or not, then you are starting the first of the four stages. It is normal to feel conflicted. Seeing the plight of others can make it seem like your addiction is not that bad, but don’t be fooled. Stick to why you came in the first place, and don’t let denial take over. Complacency is the enemy of recovery, and you need to focus on the problems at hand. Your problems.
2. Early Abstinence
Applying yourself fully to the treatment is the second stage. Early abstinence can be a challenge for some because the withdrawal symptoms make it painful and difficult. It can be easy to want to give up, but perseverance leads to reward. Letting these feelings overwhelm you can harm your recovering. A trained addiction counselor should be helping you learn to cope.
3. Maintaining Abstinence
90 Days of continuous abstinence is considered making it to this third step. Pushing past the initial doubts and withstanding the symptoms of withdrawal makes the following weeks and months easier. If you are residing at a treatment facility, this is usually when you leave it and start out-patient counseling. This is the time where you learn your new ways of living. It will be hard to maintain a drug-free lifestyle, but the coping methods you learned should help smooth it out. You will be able to deal with your past, manage healthy relationships, keep employment, and even figure out the best nutrition plan for the new You.
4. Advanced Recovery
Five years of abstinence leads you to the final stage. You will use all the skills you’ve learned and your experiences being sober to continue living happily. Recovery is never truly over, but it won’t always be on your mind. Continue to work the program in a way that is best for you.