Become an Expert in Using the Fundamentals of Recovery

Become an Expert in Using the Fundamentals of Recovery

It can be inconceivable for an addict to picture a life free of drugs or alcohol. Once a person becomes dependent on a substance or behavior to cope with emotional or physical distress, the idea that he might one day overcome that dependence is beyond imagining. Partly this is because the psychological power of the disease of addiction prevents this kind of envisioning. It is also partly because many addicts don’t understand the way this disease functions and how its grip can be unraveled.

The Fundamentals of Recovery

If the essence of addiction is the continued use of a given substance or behavior as a means of medicating various types of psychological or physiological pain despite mounting negative consequences, the goal of recovery is to cultivate the skills necessary to tolerate discomfort without self-medicating. The brain is an incredibly powerful organism designed to learn things quickly and effectively through an intricate system of chemical signals and rewards. By rapidly moving certain behaviors from the conscious part of the brain to the subconscious, it preserves critical thinking space for more urgent purposes. This happens through the creation of neural pathways that reinforce these behaviors. In order to undo destructive patterns, new, healthy, neural pathways must be established. This is where the work of recovery comes in.

Addiction is a mental health problem. The following are some of the most important principles every recovering addict must understand, embrace, and master:

  • You, not your doctor, therapist, or family members, are the primary driver of your recovery
  • Your pathway to recovery will be unique and should be based on your personal skills and needs
  • Recovery is a mind/body issue and must be confronted in an integrated and holistic way
  • The support and help of others is critical to your recovery
  • Recovery is possible – it is important that you believe that and maintain hope for a better future

As with any set of skills, becoming an expert in the fundamentals of recovery requires inspiration, education, and practice.

Recovery Boot Camp Model

Although multiple treatment options are available, understanding the role of inpatient rehab and ongoing aftercare within the context of a boot camp model can be helpful. Many people mistakenly expect that upon completion of a month in rehab they will be “cured.” The truth is that those first weeks of recovery are a critical introduction to the disciplines and skills that must then be mastered in order for the addict to successfully overcome his disease. Like a new recruit entering boot camp prior to deploying for service in the military, the intensive training offered in rehab, combined with the reduction of distractions, is an excellent way to become an expert in the fundamentals of recovery in a relatively short amount of time. Unlike boot camp, however, most rehab programs are comfortable and restful places.

The following are a few examples of ways in which inpatient rehab encourages recovery skills the way boot camp prepares a young person to become a highly skilled soldier:

  • All distractions are removed
  • Participants are introduced to new skills and made to practice them extensively
  • Personal identity is redefined and articulated
  • The stage is set for future work and further development

Just as a young man or woman is not a fully realized military expert upon completion of a 6-week boot camp, a recovering addict has many more skills to develop and perfect upon completion of residential rehab. For soldiers this happens through ongoing training and deployment. They learn new skills and perfect the ones they learned in boot camp. For recovering addicts this happens through the following activities:

  • Ongoing support group meetings
  • Continuing individual counseling
  • Individual meetings with sponsors or recovery coaches
  • Reading helpful books
  • Social networks that reinforce sober living
  • Family counseling
  • Engaging in fun, exciting, healthy activities such as creative expression, outdoor activities, or sports
  • Continuing to cultivate sober life skills by working the steps of recovery in day-to-day life

Just as addiction uses the power of the brain to learn and form habits, the process of recovery is about working with the brain’s natural healing properties and skill development potential to establish new patterns for feeling, thinking, and living.

24 Hour Recovery Fundamentals Helpline

If you interested in harnessing your natural power for healing and learning as a way of overcoming addiction, please call our toll-free helpline right now. Our staff members are standing by with the following free services:

  • Specific and confidential answers to all of your addiction and recovery questions
  • Help choosing the best rehab program for your unique needs
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Imagine a future in which you respond to anxiety or distress in a healthy way instead of turning to drugs or alcohol. We can help that future to become a reality. Don’t waste another day stuck in the rut of addiction. We can help. Call now.