Why a recovery program is better than going it alone?
It’s likely, if you’ve decided you have a problem with addiction, that you’ve felt alone for a long time. One of the symptoms of addiction is a tendency to isolate. If you have made a decision to do something about your addiction issues, continuing to isolate yourself from others can make recovery difficult, if not impossible.
There are many recovery programs and tools that can help you on the road to recovery. Acknowledging you have a problem is the first step, but most people need help to overcome the problem and the impact it has had on their lives in many areas.
A recovery program can help you to get sober and stay sober, and it can also help with the toxic behaviours in which many addicts engage. One of the many benefits of a program is relapse prevention. It’s helpful to have a support network and to learn the tools to prevent a relapse. Going it alone often means falling back into old behaviours which often lead to relapse.
A recovery program can provide you resources and information to help you:
- Establish a more stable home and work life
- Develop and improve relationships
- Create a healthier lifestyle
- A group of people including counsellors and other addicts who understand what you’re going through
A treatment program will also help you to identify the triggers that cause you to engage in your addictive behaviours. With a goal of living addiction-free, you will come to understand the situations that trigger addictive behaviour for you specifically, and learn how to avoid them and what to do when faced with them.
The cost of recovery programs
Many insurance companies now cover the cost of treatment. If you are part of an insurance benefits program, contact your provider to find out if you have coverage. And remember, not getting treatment is likely going to be much more costly in the long term than the price of any program.
Some treatment centres also provide financing or can work with you to create a program to fit within your budget.
Recovery doesn’t end when treatment is over
Recovery is a life-long process. Many programs offer Aftercare Support, which will be critical to ensure you don’t relapse. One of other benefits of programs is the network of people you meet — many people who’ve gone through treatment together remain friends afterwards. These friendships will provide another avenue of support for you as you begin the rest of your life free of addiction.
You’ve been lonely and isolated long enough. It’s time to stop and choose a different path.