What is Life in Recovery Really Like?

What is Life in Recovery Really Like?

 Rehabilitation can be a difficult thing for people to admit they need in support of recovering from addiction. Asking for help is not easy for many people, especially those who struggle with substance abuse issues. Going to rehab can be intense because of past experiences that inform the current decision, or it is a new opportunity they have never tried before. On the other side of detox, withdrawal, and rehab is recovery. It may be scary to some people but it is not as frightening as it sounds. Learn more about the stages of recovery and what it might look like.

How Addiction Affects People

Addiction can take over a person’s life. Their jobs, relationships, and personal lives suffer as a result of drinking or using drugs. People’s decision-making processes become impaired as well. It is important that a person who is struggling with substance abuse seek out professional help through rehabilitation, whether it is inpatient or outpatient. Recovery is possible for people who desire to continue down the path of healing from addiction. 

How Rehab Works

Rehab is a place people come for support for their addictions. It takes a lifetime to work on rehabilitation of addiction. However, treatment is designed to detox and help a person get stabilized so they can find resources and support for the upcoming journey ahead. A person’s life in addiction treatment will vary depending on their circumstances coming in, addiction, and willingness to recover. Treatment is also a time to identify past trauma, neglect, issues from the pats, and provide ongoing support for their emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. 

Life in Recovery

To live life in recovery is not to expect everything to be perfect. It will be far from perfect, but better than any expectations might be going in. Recovery from substance abuse means working past old issues that linger, causing the pain and trauma. It means taking every single day as it comes and seeing it as an opportunity to build yourself up and not destroy others with substance abuse. Dealing with addiction can be daunting but there is hope on the other side. Typically, life in recovery is:

  • Group meetings to build sober support network
  • Finding sober hobbies
  • Continuing counseling and treatment for underlying addiction and mental health issues
  • Family reconnection and integration into the community
  • Finding space that is healing in recovery and taking time to engage in mindfulness practices

There are many ways to live life in recovery. Rebuilding confidence and self-esteem is key to staying strong in recovery. Every day is an opportunity to renew life and work towards finding healing. The best way to move forward is one step at a time, working to be better today than yesterday and finding support in others who are further down the path as well as those experiencing life for the first time on the other side of addiction. Life in recovery can be really good for those who choose to experience it in all its fullness.

Oceanfront is committed to helping you explore the journey of addiction recovery in a safe space. We are located in Laguna Beach and believe it is a healing place to experience treatment and a renewed sense of life. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate addiction recovery: 888-981-4295