Recovery Resources

The process of finding recovery following addiction is not an easy one. Indeed, relapse is a very real and likely possibility for the majority of addicts that undergo detoxification. Research is beginning to emerge, however, on what can be done to promote recovery and prevent relapse. Once the substance is metabolized and out of the patient’s system, there is a lot of work to be done. One of the first steps is therapy, which should be continued for at least one year, even if the individual does not relapse. Therapy may be supplemented with a support group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), both of which offer recovering addicts the opportunity to engage with others who have experienced a similar struggle. Practicing the key steps in an AA or NA program is one way to decrease the likelihood of relapse.

Support systems also play an essential role in the recovery process. A support system may include family, friends, members of a support group, a therapist, and work colleagues. The process of beating addiction might mean parting ways with individuals who have an unhealthy influence on the patient or remind them of their past drug abuse. The recovering addict must be proactive in reaching out to those around him or her when he or she feels vulnerable. Finally, pharmacotherapy or medication may also be a part of the recovery process, especially for those suffering from severe opioid, alcohol, or nicotine addictions.