Addiction is a crippling disease that ruins lives, for both the user and people close to them. But it doesn’t have to end in disaster and heartbreak. There is help, for willing to take the first step:
The Decision to Change
This is the single most important step in any addiction recovery process. Unless the addict makes a voluntary decision to change, any treatment program he attends will be useless.
Many recovering addicts go through a “moment of clarity,” where they realize how much harm their habit is doing to themselves and those around them. They might realize it themselves, or others might bring it to their attention. Either way, they see the need for change and gain the resolve to do it.
There are multiple treatment programs and techniques available for those willing to recover. Each treatment program differs based on individual circumstances: the substance being abused, financial situation, personal commitments, and others. Treatment programs can run from weeks to months depending on the type and depth of addiction.
Recovery doesn’t end with the treatment program. Users need support from family and friends to fight the urge to take drugs. Support groups like the 12-Step Program and Alcoholics Anonymous play a major role in motivating recovered addicts to stay clean.