No matter the substance misused, addiction causes profound harm to the body and mind. That’s why it’s critical to start your recovery with a treatment program that addresses physical and mental health to heal from drug addiction. Gateway Foundation understands each person develops addiction differently, and therefore needs individualized treatment on how to recover from substance abuse.

recovering from drug addiction

But the truth is that anyone can become addicted to drugs or alcohol regardless of their background, age, or financial status. At the end of the day, addiction is a highly treatable disorder from which the majority of people eventually recover. And our recent study shows that in spite of numerous legal and social barriers, most individuals in addiction recovery go on to rejoin society and contribute to it in numerous meaningful ways. There’s no question that many people relapse after an addiction recovery attempt. Just as with changing any heavily ingrained habit, like smoking or unhealthy eating, many people don’t succeed on their first try.

Recovery from Addiction

Further, those friends can serve as a cue that sets off drug craving and challenges the recovery process. Cravings are the intense desire for alcohol or drugs given formidable force by neural circuitry honed over time into single-minded pursuit of the outsize neurochemical reward such substances deliver. Cravings vary in duration and intensity, and they are typically triggered by people, places, paraphernalia, and passing thoughts in some way related to previous drug use. But cravings don’t last forever, and they tend to lessen in intensity over time. Some people have attempted to detox without medical care, referred to as going “cold turkey.” Some may find success with this method. For most, however, the life-threatening effects of withdrawal symptoms are not to be minimized.

What are the 4 absolutes of recovery?

  • Honesty.
  • Unselfishness.
  • Purity.
  • Love.

Over time, prescription drugs change the way a person’s brain functions. They might continue taking the pills to feel “normal” and be able to get through the day. Before they know it, an addiction has formed; the person may begin craving higher dosages of the prescribed substance. Recovering from the effects of drug and alcohol misuse is a process and a lifelong journey. It goes beyond the act of eliminating substances of misuse from your system to building a strong foundation for a healthier way of life and the positive behaviors that go along with it.

Coping and support

Long-term follow-up can help to prevent relapse and maintain sobriety. This may include attending regular in-person support groups or online meetings to help keep your recovery on track. This step-by-step guide can help you cope with cravings, deal with relapse, and overcome your substance use disorder. Additionally, medications are used to help people detoxify from drugs, although detoxification is not the same as treatment and is not sufficient to help a person recover. Detoxification alone without subsequent treatment generally leads to resumption of drug use. If you’re currently taking a prescription drug and are concerned you may be developing a dependence, talk to your healthcare provider immediately.

A key component of the addiction recovery process is learning how to have healthy relationships and set healthy boundaries with others. During active addiction, many meaningful relationships may have deteriorated, and the ones that still existed may have been dysfunctional, toxic, or codependent. And addicted individuals are often known to be “people pleasers” putting others at the fore in order to garner friendship, love, sober house and likeability. Fortunately, recovery from an addiction allows the brain to heal. Over time, the brain no longer becomes dependent on an addictive substance or an addictive behavior to bring pleasure. Although the natural pleasures of life may not be as instantaneous or as stimulating as drugs such as cocaine or behaviors such as gambling, they are more sustainable, less harmful, and usually without consequence.

Keep drug triggers and cravings in check

Research shows that mental illness may contribute to SUD, and SUD can contribute to the development of mental illness. Over 20 million people in the United States have at least one SUD. In general, people assigned male at birth (AMAB) are more likely to develop SUD.