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Long-Term Recovery from Addiction
What exactly is long-term recovery from addiction? This can be such a loose term since many individuals can find themselves feeling relief from obsession by continually working a program of recovery, attending 12-step fellowship meetings regularly, and tackling their step work with honesty. These are the individuals that come to find out the emphasis is put more on the individual’s time spent having worked on themselves instead of the amount of time that they have spent abstinent from substances. They may come to realize substances were but a symbol of their illness. Long-term recovery doesn’t have a specific description because there is no “one size fits all” ideal cookie cutter image of how it has to be. It can look a number of different ways. The reality is what works for one recovering individual may or may not work for another recovering individual. The only way to know for certain whether the recovering alcoholic and/or addict can sustain their recovery long-term is whether they can refrain from abusing all mind-altering substances. It has been suggested that alcoholics and addicts work a strong program of recovery. Twelve-step fellowships have been proven effective because they reinforce working programs of recovery and commitments of day to day living to maintain sobriety long-term.
The recovery process may bring new, healthier behaviors that your loved one begins engaging in. When you take notice of these positive behaviors, you reinforce these actions by encouraging your loved one to continue being productive and make healthy choices.
Your loved one’s long-term recovery from addiction may exhibit healthy behaviors like offering to help you out, which may be a foreign concept. When active in addiction, your loved one may have been selfish and cold. They may have never wanted to help you with anything because they only cared about getting the next fix of their substance, but now they have had time to reflect on how their illness has affected the lives of others, including the people they love and care about the most like you, so now they genuinely want to reach out by being there for you.
Doing tasks without being told
You may see your loved one stepping up during long-term recovery by getting involved in tasks without you having to tell them. Long-term recovery has potential to make individuals more responsible. With this responsibility, they have to hold themselves accountable.
Having genuine conversation
Authentic conversations can be expected during long-term recovery. You may notice your loved one beginning to ask how your day went and holding conversations with you fluently. This can mean the world to you because when they were active in their disease their mind was elsewhere. It was probably rare that they asked about your day.
Actively engaged in a 12-step program
Being an active member of a 12-step fellowship will be a good sign of your loved one maintaining long-term recovery. There is a high success rate of recovery for individuals that regularly attend meetings and work a strong recovery program.
Is your loved one still struggling with an alcohol and/or drug addiction? Contact The Watershed today and help them find a path toward freedom.