Making the transition from addiction to sobriety is a major change. It is sure to transform your life in several positive ways.
In order to make this transformation, many people will choose to enter into a treatment program of some kind. In such programs, you will have the support of addiction counselors, doctors, and maybe even other addicts. They will help you find the way to a happier and healthier life.
Here are a few ways you can expect your life to change in treatment.
- Drugs will no longer be your primary focus.
After you finish detoxification, your body will be free of the drugs that were clouding your mind and keeping you fixated on using. While urges to abuse drugs and drug-related thoughts will still be present, you will begin to have some clarity and some distance from the problem.
As your thoughts become more clear, you will be able to analyze them more effectively. Counselors will work with you to help identify the deep-seated causes of your addiction. This means that your thoughts will be centered more on who you are as a person and where you have come from.
- You will socialize without being under the influence.
While you were addicted to drugs and alcohol, you likely spent almost every social interaction intoxicated. Maintaining a lasting sobriety means becoming accustomed to socializing while sober. In treatment, you will be around other people who are also recovering. While you will attend group therapy sessions with them, you will also begin to interact with them socially. This will give you a chance to meet people as your “true self,” rather than the version of yourself that is altered by drugs or alcohol.
- You will be happier.
Addiction is a very frustrating, painful, and emotionally trying disease. The guilt and shame that comes along with drug or alcohol abuse often leads to depression. In addition, many drugs cause depression in and of themselves, particularly during the withdrawal period. It is easy to feel hopeless while you are struggling with addiction. You may have even forgotten what it is like to be truly happy.
- You will have higher self-esteem.
Once you have begun to break the chains of addiction, you will notice that your mood begins to stabilize. The depression and anxiety caused by drugs and addiction will diminish. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and a boost in your self-esteem that will greatly increase your overall level of happiness.
- You will become much more in tune with your actual needs.
In treatment, you will likely engage in activities such as prayer or meditation. These activities, along with counseling sessions, will help you become much more acutely aware of thoughts and feelings as they pop up. Rather than numbing your emotions with drugs and alcohol, you will begin to experience them. That is the only way you can truly find effective ways of addressing them. You will spend much more time engaging in reflection and positive thoughts.
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Lloyd, J. (2013). 5 Ways Rehab Will Change Your Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/11/05/5-ways-rehab-will-change-your-life/