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Sep 17, 2008
Before we even get started - a fundamentally important issue for you to understand - is that the process of recovery from addiction to alcohol or drugs, should be thought of as something totally different to the actual treatment of alcoholism or drug addiction.

The treatment of addiction is in most cases about the period of roughly a month - where you'll be at rehab or addiction treatment facility detoxing and receiving various form of treatment - to help you deal with the various factors that have resulted in you going down the road of addiction.

Recovery is what you do once you leave rehab - i.e. what you do the rest of your life in trying to stay clean and sober. And this is where I think a lot of addicts go wrong and why relapse rates are so high - because they see treatment as the end point, where in fact is really is only the beginning of the road for you.

Recovery from alcoholism and addiction then, is in essence, about the consistent habits and new way of life you create for yourself - so that you stay on the road of recovery road and don't end up relapsing.

It's the spiritual program you follow and/or NA/AA meetings you regularly attend, dealing with your 'baggage' so that it doesn't become an excuse again to drink or use drugs, making the right kind of friends and staying away at all costs from old drinking and using buddies, having a mentor you can call when you're having a bad day ...

So recovery then is about taking action and doing the 'work' you need to do on a regular basis, i.e. creating new uplifting habits for yourself, that will your 'addict self' as someone who holds no more power of you because your real 'Strong, Warrior Self' has taken over.

Treatment should therefore be seen as the first step on the road to recovery - and not the finishing line itself. Yes there are people that overcome their addictions without going to rehab - but they also do it by making major changes to their lives and building new habits that take continuous work and effort.

So when trying to understand alcohol addiction recovery and drug addiction recovery - remember its something you do and work at for the rest of your life. It can be hard at the beginning, but with time does become much easier - and soon your life will be unrecognisable from the nightmare it was.
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Carl-Peter provides loads more Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Help advice at his website, where you'll also find more in-depth Drug and Alcoholism Recovery advice.
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