Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Review on Addiction Treatment

Entering Addiction treatment to try to get my alcohol and cocaine abuse under control I thought that my only problem was substance abuse. It wasn’t long into my addiction treatment that I learned that the reason why I had been abusing substances since my teenage years was to avoid dealing with the death of my brother. The treatment facility quickly recognized this and put together a treatment plan for me that would help me mourn my brothers passing as well as address my addiction. The staff at the addiction recovery program provided me with support and understanding. I did not feel like I was “less then” because of my dependency to drugs and alcohol.

As my drug treatment experience went on I could literally feel myself changing. For the first time I was able to talk about my brother and more importantly cry without having to put drugs or alcohol into my body to self medicate. I was learning that it was okay to feel sad and vulnerable. I also started to feel remorse for all of the emotional harm that I caused my family and friends during my active addiction. I never realized that I was not only just hurting myself but everyone that cared about me. During my drug addiction I was not capable of helping, caring, or loving others. How could I? I didn’t know how to love and respect myself.

Addiction treatment got my recovery off on the right foot. It built the foundation for a long lasting recovery contingent that I continue to take suggestions. If it wasn’t for my drug abuse and addiction treatment I don’t think that I would be becoming the man I am today. Someone that I can look in the mirror at an be happy with. Now I am able to treat people with care and understanding and not make selfish decisions that will only benefit my cause.

The need to find a drug rehab program in Florida that treats dual diagnosis is an important step in stopping the destructive lifestyle of drug abuse and addiction. Drug abuse and addiction not only affects the addict but also the family, friends, co-workers and loved ones who are intimately connected with him or her.

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