When approaching the recovery process, we can be consumed with fear, much of it originating from the misconceptions we hold around recovery. These misconceptions are based on the fact that there is still a great deal of cultural misinformation around addiction and recovery. Investigating these misconceptions more deeply can help us prepare for a successful recovery.
Addiction is Incurable
Some would say that addiction is incurable, and that once we’re addicted to a substance or behavior we can never be free from our dependence. Many others, however, would argue that they have successfully recovered from their addictive dependence and that addiction no longer rules their lives. There are many people successfully in recovery, who no longer use their former drug of choice, who are no longer imprisoned by the dependence they once felt.
Sobriety is Enough
It is a widely held misconception that sobriety is enough to constitute a successful recovery. The truth is, however, sobriety is just one of many elements of recovery. In order to prevent relapse, we have to tackle the many factors that contributed to our addictive patterns in the first place. We want to address all of the mental, emotional and physical contributing factors to our addictions – the unhealthy coping mechanisms we developed to deal with our emotional pain, the toxic thought patterns, the problems with our physical health such as hormone imbalances and nutrient deficiencies. We want to develop healthier coping skills, build our support network, and create relapse prevention plans. We want to approach our sobriety holistically. When we assume sobriety and recovery are synonymous, we don’t equip ourselves thoroughly enough to heal all of the issues that have been affecting us and contributing to our addictions.
You Have to Do it Alone
We tend to think of our mental health issues, addictions and other emotional challenges as problems we have to face on our own. Perhaps it’s the shame we feel. Maybe it’s the prevailing cultural stigma around addiction and addicts. Many of us find ourselves keeping our pain a secret. We deny we even have a problem. We believe that in order to be strong and redeem ourselves, we have to recover alone and present ourselves back to the world only once we’re back on our feet. For many of us, however, we need other people in order to get better. We need the professional help of a treatment center, therapists, recovery coaches and support groups. We need the love and support of loved ones. There is absolutely no shame in needing other people, and there is strength in asking for help when we need it and then in being able to accept it.
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