Addiction is any habit that you continue to do even though it brings harmful consequences to you. The brain changes chemically and physiologically when a person has an addiction. When a person has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, the brain loses the ability to control the normal functions of their body. The individual becomes physically dependent on the drugs or alcohol and goes through painful withdrawals without continued use of them.
A person must completely change his or her lifestyle to have a successful recovery after treatment. The brain needs to learn how to function normally without substance control and the body goes through a transformation. Everything associated with the person’s drug or alcohol use must change. This includes people, places, and things that can remind the person of his or her substance use.
Old friends who used drugs or consumed alcohol with a person before recovery can unintentionally influence a relapse. An individual in recovery should avoid situations that put him or her at high risk. Attending group meetings will give a person the opportunity to develop new sober friendships. If the person in recovery feels the urge to use drugs or take a drink, he or she can call on a sober friend who can talk them through those feelings.
When an individual is in recovery, he or she can relapse at any time. He or she needs to discover new interests and find hobbies they enjoy. A person in recovery has more time without their drug or alcohol use, to focus on healthy activities. If he or she does not keep their mind busy, they will have more time to reminisce about using drugs or alcohol. Staying active and engaged with new interests will lower the risk of relapse.
Adjusting to a new life after treatment takes a lot of hard work and time. Recovery is a life-long process and there will always be a risk of relapse. Keeping a journal will allow the person to reflect on his or her progress and can remind them of how far they have come in recovery. He or she should develop new routines to replace old habits. When in recovery, a person should avoid triggers, start new sober friendships, and seek healthy activities to live substance-free.
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