Friday, May 18, 2012

Good Recovery Habits Need to Offset Bad Addiction Habits

One of the worst things about suffering from an addiction is that, when the dust settles the addict feels like they are alone.  This can lead to an awful lot of bad habits because they do not really know how to snap out of the funk they are in.   There is also the simple fact that an awful lot of the drugs that someone can get addicted to were born out of bad habits themselves.  Maybe you started off just having a beer with dinner every night.  Maybe that beer eventually graduated to a glass of wine after dinner while you were watching television or reading the paper.   Eventually you were drinking too much, at the absolute worst times and you couldn't stop.

The bottom line is that almost all addictions started from one habit or another.   While getting kicking the habit of the actual drug or alcohol use is the first step, sobriety will have a short stay if you don't get yourself to embrace recovery habits that will lead to better and healthier habits.  This doesn't mean that you should stop doing everything that reminds you of drinking or smoking or whatever addiction you suffer from. If you had a beer with dinner, it's completely unrealistic to try and stop having dinner altogether.

What addicts need to do is find recovery habits that overshadow the negatives.  The first part of this process is understanding that as an addict, you are, in fact, not alone.  The best habit you could possibly get into is to seek treatment on a regular basis.   Some addicts might need to seek treatment such as counseling or inpatient long-term care.  Others benefit from psychiatry to address underlying mental illness that exacerbate the addiction.  Still others benefit from facilities such as the Coleman Institute that are dedicated towards helping an addict start over through a safe, outpatient detox procedure followed by Naltrexone Therapy.  Regardless of individual treatment modalities, common wisdom says all addicts and alcoholics can benefit from attendance at local AA or NA meetings on a daily or at least weekly basis.  The key, is that these habits have to be something that truly become second nature.  The recovery habits have to be things you do because it feels good, natural, and is sobriety-enhancing. Once you've gotten into those habits, real recovery can take hold.

If you or someone you love is in need of detox from substances such as opiates, alcohol, benzos, methadone, or suboxone, please don't hesitate to call Jennifer from The Coleman Institute at 1.877.77. DETOX (33869) to schedule your appointment today!

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