It’s no exaggeration to say that overcoming addiction is one of the hardest things a person can do. Many will hear this claim and jump to dispute it. Athletes will say it’s not as difficult as their favorite sport, while academics will say their field of study is much more complicated.
But coping with substance addiction is a very different challenge from physical or mental exertion. When you’re dealing with an addiction, your body literally thinks it will die without your vice. He will do everything in his power to force you to act in a way that compels you to use.
The work ethic can push you through the pain of physical fatigue and the stress of mental work. But what can you do about the destruction of your body trying to get a solution?
There are answers to this question, but the main thing is that you don’t do it alone.
Today we’re going to look at how to start getting treatment for an addiction. This includes what you will need, how it will be administered, and a timeline for when it will work.
What you need to treat addiction
The best way to think about addiction treatment tools is to divide them into three categories:
1: Personal tools
These include drugs to treat the side effects of detox and withdrawal. They can also include personal behavior changes, such as exercising and eating better. Studies show that these consistently help relieve cravings and the side effects of addiction.
The main drugs to deal with withdrawal are methadone and buprenorphine. These act on the same parts of the nervous system as opioids and alcohol, making them essential for surviving the worst consequences of quitting a vice.
2: Environmental tools
You can change your own behavior, but you cannot change the behavior of others. This means that one of the best tools for dealing with addiction is to alter your environment or completely change it.
This can be one of the most difficult stages simply because not everyone has complete control over where they spend their time or who they spend it with. But the key is to distance yourself from people who might directly or directly get you to use.
3: Therapeutic tools
Medicines and a healthy diet can’t do much. Coping with addiction is an emotional struggle as well as a physical one. This means you need therapy to help you deal with it.
It usually means personal therapy, but it can also mean group therapy.
How the treatment is given
Personal addiction treatment is so called because it is the treatment over which you have the most control. It starts with changes to your own behavior. Exercising, having a stable sleep schedule, and eating right have been proven to fight addiction.
But obviously, none of this will happen if you don’t have the medications to treat the symptoms. It is possible to abuse methadone and other drugs to cope with detox, so you should not self-medicate. However, it’s up to you when you need it to work.
Environmental treatment is, as we said before, difficult. It doesn’t sound trivial, but it can be administered by simply changing your environment or changing it altogether. This includes finding new friends, a new job, or a new living space.
However, these three things are known to be huge struggles for people even without addiction. The thing to remember is that getting new stuff isn’t always right. Sometimes the most economical way to apply this type of treatment is to modify what already exists.
Therapeutic treatment is done either through individual therapy or group therapy. The method here is to get you to talk about your difficulties and acknowledge them. People often feel overwhelmed with guilt for becoming addicted to anything in the first place.
The goal of therapy is to help you recognize what you can control and what you can’t control so that the guilt doesn’t weigh you down.
When processing occurs
The first step in the treatment process is detoxification and withdrawal. You might call this the hardest part, but every part is the hardest part. It really depends on the person and the intensity of the addiction. To many people’s surprise, the worst of detox will only last two days.
Detox and withdrawal will both last from two weeks to a month. This includes symptoms of debilitating nausea, bouts of colds and colds, and intense mood swings. Obviously, this is where personal medicine is most helpful in treating addiction.
It should be noted that food cravings are not a symptom of detox. They will certainly appear during a rehab, but it is really a desire to be addicted in general. This is what makes the time after detox so difficult: you have to perform a function like a normal person while craving your vice.
After this initial detox period, you can begin to make changes to your lifestyle and environment. Before that, it will be almost impossible. But over time, the ability to plan for these decisions will become easier, although your ability to make them is still tied to the circumstances.
Therapy, however, is great because it’s something you can start before you even go to rehab. It is also something you can expect to start after completing the detox. While it’s tempting to say “you can start when you’re comfortable”, that’s not quite true.
Therapy is never comfortable. But you will need it to cope with the mental burden of addiction.
With the right medication to deal with the physical symptoms, the right environment to deal with the mental symptoms, and the right support to deal with the emotional symptoms, it is possible to overcome addiction. It’s never easy, but at least it’s not beyond anyone’s reach.