The first steps to restoring the hope of a better life are interventions and treatments that show an addict that recovery is possible, that use the recovery of others for hope and inspiration, and that give the tools and skills they'll need to retake control, and take back a sense of optimism for a better future of sobriety.
Hope begins with professional treatment
Once immersed in professional drug treatment, recovering addicts gain hope and inspiration from others also recovering, and from the testimonials of those that have, and continue to overcome their addictions and live better lives of sobriety day by day.
Peer support groups with other recovering addicts showcase the determination and will of others with very similar challenges and temptations, and illustrate that recovery can occur; and addicts support and inspire each other throughout the process. Nothing instills more hope than watching someone in a very similar situation pull themselves out of addiction, and live a better happier life.
Professional therapies with an addictions professional or psychologist also instill needed optimism and resolve for the future. Hopelessness arises when people feel powerless over their actions, when they do not truly understand why they act as they do, and don’t know how to enact change.
Professional one on one therapy digs deep into the history and pre history of abuse and illuminates personal issues and problems that exacerbate the likelihood of use; and working together with a professional, addict's develop a personal and workable recovery plan. A plan designed to empower them with the skills they'll need to resist inevitable temptation. Once recovering addicts better understand their compulsions, and are taught the skills needed to overcome them, they gain confidence, and gain hope.
Substance abuse and intoxication derails any serious personal and sober reflection, and many addicts overcoming years of abuse find that with sobriety, they barely know who they are and who they have become. The road to recovery can be painful, but self reflection and meditation over the choices made, and the people harmed, is an essential part of drug abuse recovery. With self reflection comes better self awareness, and a more meaningful desire and determination to continue with recovery and sobriety. Introspection during drug treatment increases resolve and with increased resolve comes increased hope and the confidence of a better sober future.
Without Hope, Recovery Is impossible
To best nourish the hope that all recovering addicts need, participation in therapies and the observations of others succeeding are required. Hope of a better sober life imparts a strength of will against temptation, and with hopelessness comes despair and a crumbling of resolve.
Every recovering addict struggles uniquely with recovery, and no one can say how long recovery may take and how many relapses must be endured during the process. Recovery continues for life, but the rewards of sobriety are worth the price of the effort, and recovery can and does occur for millions of people, previously mired in dependency and pain.
It is possible, but it does take work. Your Hope for a better life will make all the difference!
Hope for Families
Addictions can be beaten, and millions can and do overcome debilitating dependencies and live better productive lives of sobriety. Families need to retain a sense of hope for a better future, and can never give up on recovery as the only acceptable goal.
Addiction is a disease, and a hallmark of this particular disease is relapse and the need for continuing treatment, often throughout life. A relapse after a successful period of sobriety can be emotionally devastating to a supportive family, and after enough slips and relapses, even the most optimistic of families may begin to feel hopeless and feel the resolve to help slipping away.
Complete recovery and abstinence may occur after a first participation in drug treatment or it may take ten tries. Addiction may rear its head at any time in life, and families always need to be ready to help and support, regardless of how many times relapse occurs.
Sustain Hope with Aftercare
Regardless of how well the lessons of drug rehab are integrated, and regardless of how strong the motivations towards sobriety; there will always come a period of extreme temptation during which recovering addicts may wonder if they can possibly have the strength and resolve needed to continue to resist. As temptation grows day by day, seemingly increasing in its intensity, it's easy to feel despair and hopelessness; and with a loss of hope comes an inability to continue the fight.
Recovering addicts need to retain hope for the future as they battle with sobriety, and the best way to do this is to stay involved and stay active with drug treatment aftercare. Aftercare may be a 12 step support group such as AA, it may be a peer support therapy group, or it may be one on one meetings with an addictions professional; but only through continuing participation, continuing inspiration, and continuing learning can hope be nourished, and resolve continually strengthened.
Drug treatment may be at its most intensive during a residential rehab stay, but to truly beat an addiction, treatment needs to continue for months or even years after sobriety is achieved.
Page last updated 23/05/2014