Addiction is a crisis that ravages the United States and does not discriminate. It can impact people of all demographics and socioeconomic backgrounds. This is a fact that can not be denied any longer, for the empirical proof thereof is staggering. For example, almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, yet approximately 10% of them receive treatment. Drug overdose deaths have tripled in the last thirty years. Roughly 20% of Americans with depression or an anxiety disorder also have a substance abuse disorder. On a larger scale, each year worldwide alcohol accounts for 1 in 20 deaths.
What is the answer in overcoming this vengeful warrior, and conquer the battlefield that is recovery? Unfortunately, as we know it, there is no single answer. There is no cut-and-dry path to follow, no structured plan, nor single solution in achieving sobriety. Thankfully, however, facilities such as SJRP are making strides each day on the battlefield, turning those who struggle into those who succeed.
In looking for answers as to how to actively overcome addiction, no matter the substance, consider the following:
- Admitting there is a problem. You can not change a person who does not see a problem with their actions or behaviors. That being said, admitting there is a problem is the first step towards initiating change. Our staff at SJRP is trained to acknowledge a client’s outstanding mental and physiological issues and create effective treatment plans accordingly. This includes legal reviews and assistance with organizing legal and personal affairs.
- Addressing triggers. If you are unaware of what may be leading you to turn to mind-altering substances, successful recovery may be difficult to navigate. It is vital to be aware of any emotional or environmental stressors for the sake of finding healthy coping mechanisms. This way, after properly detoxing and gaining important recovery resources, when these triggers arise again you will be able to handle them in a way that doesn’t put your health or another’s in danger.
- Building a healthy network. More often than not, people in active addiction have “friends” they party with or who support/sustain their unhealthy lifestyles. It is essential to recognize toxic people as well as habits and to build a healthy network of people who build you up rather than drain you.
These are just a few short-term solutions in building a solid foundation for a long-lasting road to recovery. St. John’s Recovery Place is prepared to help you navigate the rest of the answers in creating a tailored treatment plan that is sure to bring you success. From our innovative neuro-integration therapy to our artistic expression therapies such as art and music, we offer a variety of therapies and resources designed to relax, inspire and motivate. For more information about our resources or our abilities to help you find your answer in overcoming addiction, give us a call today!