These days, we know enough about addiction recovery that we can safely categorize the process in 3 phases.
Yet, there are still some people who don’t know about the phases.
To help you with that, this article is going to enumerate these 3 major categories of addiction recovery and what you can expect from each phase.
As always, its a lot better to consult with a professional if you want more detailed information.
The main lesson that is learned during early recovery is quite simple, which is abstaining from any drugs that alter an individual’s mood. The only way that a person stands a chance of becoming normal again in life is through the removal of such substances from their system in a way that gives his or her brain a chance to heal.
During early recovery, a person must find out about addiction, start forming a network of social support, and then create a plan aimed at preventing relapse. The goal of these activities is for the individual to gain the skills needed to avoid drugs and alcohol. Despite each individual being different, and there is no defined timeline, the early recovery stage can last not more than two years.
In this stage of recovery, an individual continues to enhance the skills needed to maintain abstinence. Here, the focus is on the person remaining vigilant so that he or she does not slide back into complacency.
It involves learning any lessons that were not previously learnt, or that had been learnt only to be forgotten. This recovery phase may last any time between since months and five years as soon as the initiating abstinence is over.
Late Stage Recovery
As soon as the patient is stable and has gotten stability in recovery, it is time for a phase of dealing with “pertinent issues”. These may include deeply rooted issues, such as those that date back to the individual’s childhood.
The notion is that if a person sorts the issues that have caused disharmony in his or her life, then there is no need to try and escape from these problems by taking drugs or alcohol. Examples of issues addressed in this phase include low self-esteem, being a member of a dysfunctional family, and abandonment. Professional support is recommended in this phase.
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