Understanding the recovery process for drug or alcohol addiction is crucial for those acting as support systems for an addict. Below we have outlined the major milestones those recovering from addiction face to help you better prepare for how to provide support during each stage.
Many programs define stages of recovery in different ways. You might be familiar with 12-step programs, as they are the most common. However, Sober College’s 10+ years of experience helping young adults reach recovery is what has led us to compile the following steps to sobriety below.
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Steps To Recovery From Addiction
- Discovery: Many who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction are in a denial that a problem exists and may be unable or unwilling to recognize the negative consequences addiction imposes on not only themselves, but their loved ones. In many cases, a friend, loved one, or co·worker may recognize the problem first and offer their support.
- Drugs and alcohol are affecting work or school performance
- Relationships with family and friends are strained
- They are in trouble with the law
- Gather family and friends together
- Contact an interventionist to facilitate the intervention
- Have a treatment plan in place immediately following the intervention
- Recognize that substance abuse has become a problem
- Agree that the problem needs to be addressed
- Open up to friends and family about it
- Go “cold turkey to allow chemicals to leave the body
- Check into a detox center
- Consider the options
- Chose the right treatment program
- Seek medical attention
- Accept offered advice
- Progress onto treatment
- Live in a sober environment for at least 90 days
- Undergo individual, group and family therapy sessions
- Learn healthy coping skills to prepare for a Life after treatment
- Live at home or in a sober living environment while still attending therapy and group sessions
- Practice the tools learned in treatment in a less structured setting
- Continue to avoid substance abuse triggers
- Attend support groups and seek support from friends and family
- Enjoy the new possibilities a sober life provides
Take The First Step Towards Addiction Recovery
If you know someone who might be struggling with addiction and you’re not sure how to get past the discovery or intervention phases, it might be time to talk to an expert. Feel free to give Sober College a call at 800.465.0142 or check out our tips for leading a successful intervention.