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Recovery – The Basics

In addition to substances, addiction can affect individuals with a dependency to various behaviors, such as shopping, gambling, or even sex. In order to achieve a successful recovery, addicts must first address both factors of addiction’s dual faceted nature. In this entry, we will run through a few common addiction recovery basics.


Perhaps the most important aspect in any one recovery is locating a proper recovery program to address the addiction. By making the decision to seek out professional aid, addicts stand a much higher chance of success in the long road to recovery, happiness, and personal fulfillment.


When an individual is physically dependent to a drug, a withdrawal process will take place once availability is diminished. The severity of the withdrawal process ultimately depends on the use history, type of substance, and the condition of the individual themselves.


Detoxification refers to the period of time where an individual’s body is learning to cope without the aid of the addictive substance. Detox periods vary, but will commonly last between 3 – 10 days. Patients who are admitted to addiction recovery programs will commonly be offered 24 hour medical supervision to help ensure a safe and healthy transition.

Common withdrawal symptoms can include: 



Body Aches



Breathing Difficulties 


In some cases, the withdrawal and detoxification periods can be severe enough that physicians offer addicts medication to help smooth the transition into sobriety. These medications work to calm the individual, while relieving many of the withdrawal symptoms listed above.

Medication is also used to address dual diagnosis mental disorders, as commonly seen in recovery settings. Because many addicts use drugs to self-medicate, it’s not uncommon to find patients with a need for proper diagnosis in the area of mental psychosis.


Individual and group therapy is often utilized as a way to help patients work through their recovery. In this way, addicts are better able to address and recognize problem situations and behaviors that may lead them to relapse.

Support Groups

Support groups and 12 step recovery programs serve to benefit the rehabilitation process by way of addressing the continued mental struggles associated with addiction. These organizations offer individuals a safe, non-judgmental arena to share their struggles, triumphs, and stories, while working as a open network to those seeking a sober peace of mind.

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