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Addiction Recovery

Recovery from addictions can be a lengthy and difficult process, and successful long-term recovery often requires a lifetime of "practice". Once people complete a primary addiction treatment program, too often there is a tendency for individuals to begin to relax and stop worrying about their addictive nature and past behaviors that resulted in their lives becoming unmanageable. Unfortunately, this is a precarious thought process at best.  Indeed, most people complete addiction recovery programs having gained massive insight into the nature of their addiction(s) and having learned tools to cope with life on life's terms without turning to their mood-altering substance or behavior of choice.  Practicing those tools however requires work.  Many addicts in recovery quickly learn that the implementation of these tools on a daily basis in the "real" world can be a significant challenge, especially without a specific plan of action or support structure in place to help them stay clean and sober long-term.

What it Takes to Stay Clean after Treatment

Many addicts never think about the period of time after they are in addiction treatment. For most of them, it is difficult enough to make it through an addiction treatment program alone without backsliding. These individuals think that if they can make it through the intensive phase of treatment, it follows that they must be strong enough to resist the allure of the addiction again in general, and unfortunately, this is rarely the case.

Counseling is Important

It is all too easy to fall back into old behaviors, even as an individual vows to avoid unhealthy behaviors and substances. Addicts usually need a specific plan for ongoing therapy and community support to achieve recovery from addictions long term. Counseling for addiction is an essential element to successful recovery. Having the vast experience and support of an objective and highly trained professional helps addicts immensely in their efforts to avoid backsliding.

For many people, a combination of individual counseling sessions and group therapy is necessary to offer a firm framework in which to begin their life in recovery. For some addicts, just about any type of counseling is uncomfortable as it requires them to examine their emotions and their behaviors in much greater detail than ever before.  For others, participation in individual and group counseling sessions can be liberating and a source of strength and insight into their lives.

The Benefits of Individual Counseling Sessions

Individual counseling sessions are an essential part of most addiction recovery methodologies. It is during these counseling sessions that addicts begin to address the hows and whys of the addiction recovery process. The first step in the process is taking a hard look at life to recognize the issues and circumstances that resulted in becoming addicted to a substance or behavior in the first place. By acknowledging and addressing these core behavioral and emotional issues, addicts begin to arrest and reverse the unmanageability of life associated with addiction.

In individual counseling sessions addicts learn coping mechanisms for feelings and situations that trigger their addiction. Many factors are taken into consideration and addressed based upon the observations of the counselor as well as an individual's realizations about him or herself.  The type of support system a person has in place is essential to their ability to cope with difficult or highly stressful situations. Having coping mechanisms in place is a key factor in addicts' ability to resist chemical and/or behavioral relapse when faced with a crisis. Individuals participating in individual counseling will also be given a number of alternatives and tools they can use to cope with strong feelings without turning to the mood-altering experience to which they were addicted.

Your counselor may suggest that you begin eating a certain diet and drinking lots of water. This will help make your body stronger. You will, in turn, begin to feel much better and much healthier. Exercise is also highly recommended as an outlet for strong emotions. In addition, exercise can be very comforting when you are bored or when you are feeling gloomy or sad. It is a key component in your addiction recovery process.

The Benefits of Group Counseling Sessions

Many people who trot off happily to the individual counseling sessions balk at group counseling sessions. For these people, having to talk about themselves in relation to their addiction is both shaming and embarrassing. In most cases, your participation in group counseling sessions is not mandatory although your attendance may be.

In order to reap the full benefits of this type of counseling, you will need to participate and share your story. By listening to other people tell their stories about how they became addicted to the substances; you will realize that you are not alone. You will hear many people say things that you too have thought, said or experienced. It is that shared bond that helps make your addiction recovery that much easier.

In addition, each person who attends these group counseling sessions will be at a different stage of their drug treatment plan. Many of these people will be able to offer you tips and advice on how to cope with the symptoms resulting from your addiction recovery program. They will also be able to offer you ideas on how to resist relapsing and what to do instead of reaching for that substance again.

Another benefit of group counseling sessions is that you may help someone else. While you are helping other people, you are also helping yourself. You are cementing your resolve to complete the addiction recovery process. You are able to build bonds with other people who have come down the same drug addiction path that you have taken.

How to Stay Clean After Addiction Recovery

In order to stay clean after addiction recovery, you will need to continue counseling. Many people continue with both individual counseling as well as group counseling. In other instances, some people feel that one type of counseling works better and are better suited to their daily lives. In any event, it is imperative to continue with counseling as part of your treatment plan to avoid a relapse after addiction recovery.

You will also need to have a support system of some type. For some people, this can be particularly problematic because their support system has previously been their friends. These friends are, in many instances, involved in the substance to which they were addicted. It can be very easy to relapse into drug addiction if your support system constantly uses drugs in your presence. In this case, you will need to take up some new hobbies and begin to socialize in other places than those that reinforce the usage of drugs. Your counselor will likely have a list of resources as well as a list of ideas in which you can keep yourself busy. This can help you make new friends and avoid relapsing into drug addiction once again.

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