This is one of the most common questions asked for people who are thinking about sobriety.
Well, I can tell you from the get-go that there is no simple and quick answer. The road to sobriety depends on several factors.
However, that does not mean that we can’t explore the question. So, that’s what we are going to do now.
Before we proceed, if you are truly serious about sobriety, then I highly suggest that you consult with a professional. Even though you may not thinking of going through a formal treatment program, what you are after is the professional opinion.
A professional opinion can go a long way when it comes to winning your battles. Now that we have covered that, let’s proceed to the topic at hand.
Not all addiction are the same…
The kind of substance that you are addicted to has a large impact on the recovery time. For example, opiate and alcohol addiction takes a long time. This is because such substances change your physiology. Abruptly stopping the substance can lead to severe withdraw problems, and may even lead to death.
Some other types of addictions are not that time consuming. However, there is one thing that is common – you will need time and commitment to achieve sobriety.
The Volume Of Your Addiction
Of course, the more often you take the substance, the longer the recovery process will be. For example, if a person habitually drinks alcohol every morning will have a much longer recovery time compared to someone who only consumes alcohol every other day.
Period Of Time
Another factor is how long have been a person is using.
If a person has been using for decades, then the recovery time will be longer. Even though if a person only takes small volumes, but if its repeated for many years, this will create a habitual dependence. It will need emotional and medical assistance, together with the inner strength to fully recover in situations like these.
Other Services You May Need
Getting sober may not mean getting rid of your physical addiction only. There are times that people who are abusing substances are self-medicating deeper issues such as schizophrenia, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety or depression.
Recovering from substance abuse without treating the underlying problem does not equate to a sustainable sobriety.
Hence, you may need the services of the therapist to help you with your overall recovery.
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