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There are no shortcuts when it comes to overcoming addiction to drugs or alcohol, and it’s a long road. For those who have recovered from active addiction, they know that the journey is well worth it. Many people fall to the delusion that they can recover on their own. To recover, one must admit defeat when it comes to drinking or using drugs and then ask for help.
The first step in any 12-step program is admitting powerlessness over alcohol or drugs, and there’s a good reason. Without admitting that you’ve lost the power of choice when it comes to alcohol or drugs, overcoming addiction is difficult. Once this moment of clarity happens, the sky’s the limit and recovery is possible. No matter how low you’ve gone in your addiction, there is hope that you can begin a healthier, happier life.
The disease of addiction centers in the mind, and it affects a part of the brain that’s responsible for many different functions. Studies have found that people who suffer from the disease of addiction have abnormal brains. The part of the brain that’s not functioning properly is the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for the following:
Self-awareness is one of the major reasons why many men and women never admit their problem. If one isn’t self-aware, their mind is telling him or her that nothing is wrong. This is what makes addiction so potentially fatal. Addiction is the only illness a person can contract that tells him or her that they don’t have a problem or a disease.
Many people who finally realize they no longer have control of their drinking and using don’t realize the severity of the issue. There are those who believe that after they detox from the drugs or alcohol, they’ll be fine. Since addiction centers in the mind, detoxification to get rid of the physical symptoms of addiction is critical, but recovery takes much more. Detoxing from the drugs doesn’t help fix all the problems that lead to taking the first drink or drug.
There are many people who detox and don’t go on to rehab because they think they no longer have a problem. These people have a very high risk of relapse because they never learned how to live life without drugs or alcohol. The brain has correlated drinking or using drugs for a wide range of situations, and it needs healing. Without having the tools and strategies to deal with life on life’s terms, one will often relapse. Many of the addictions treated at Beaches Recovery are attacked by various addiction counseling therapies and alternative physical modalities to help you overcome addiction from many angles.
Treatment is where you’ll learn a new way of living through different types of therapy and treatment. First, you’ll need to get down to the sources of your addiction through individual therapy. This may have been due to childhood trauma, low self-esteem, poor coping methods or mental illness. Once you learn what your triggers are, you’ll get suggestions as to how to deal with them in a much healthier way.
Beaches Recovery is a JCAHO-accredited facility that has a staff who is passionate about seeing clients succeed. They want to be there for you when you need help and support to overcome your addiction. Our addiction rehab works with a variety of different insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Humana and more. If you’d like more information about overcoming addiction we’re ready for you. Call 866-605-0532.