For many, substance abuse disorder can feel isolating, and the decision to seek help and travel down the path of sobriety can be extremely difficult. McLellan A. T. (2017). Substance Misuse and Substance use Disorders: Why do they Matter in Healthcare?. Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association, 128, 112–130. Seeking recovery requires you to change the way you see yourself, as well as the way you interact with the world around you. However, recovery is possible for you, and it is important to remember that you are not alone.
Stories of Overcoming Addiction
The risk of relapse is highest during the first two years of your journey. Menon, J., & Kandasamy, A. (2018). Relapse prevention. Indian journal of psychiatry, 60(Suppl 4), S473–S478. https://doi.org/10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_36_18 During this challenging time, it can help to remind yourself that success is achievable. By reading stories of overcoming addiction, you can find the inspiration to commit to your own success story. Whether you are on day one or year five of your sobriety, reminding yourself that you are not alone can help you stay focused on what truly matters—your health and happiness.
Find Your Inspiration in Recovery
The road to recovery doesn’t have to be a lonely one. As you can see from these stories, there is a large community of people out there who are at various stages of their personal journey. The stories they have to share can help those who are struggling to see that there is always hope.
Recovery with the proper tools can help remind you why you started this journey in the first place. Holistic remedies such as meditation and mindfulness can help you remain firm on your decision to remain sober, while a dual diagnosis treatment plan can help you ensure you address the underlying cause behind your addiction.
Dr. Bhalavat is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and provides inpatient evaluation and consultation services at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland Recovery Partners, and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhalavat’s background includes treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and dementia.
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