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The Hardest Parts of Recovery


Addiction recovery is never easy, and there are a lot of aspects of it that may seem impossible when you’re in the thick of it. Recovery is a unique process for everyone. Therefore, the most complex parts of recovery will vary from person to person.


There isn’t any part of recovery that is easy. Every step you take will be a challenge, but overcoming those obstacles is what leads to a fulfilling life of sobriety.


Depending on your addiction, treatment program, and lifestyle, different parts of your recovery will feel harder than others. Recovery is about finding healthy coping mechanisms to overcome those struggles and come out stronger.


Admitting You Have a Problem


The first and, sometimes, most challenging part of recovery is admitting you have a problem. Coming to terms with your addiction and outwardly saying you need and want help isn’t as easy as it sounds.


Denial is a huge part of addiction. Even if people close to you recognize the signs of addiction, you likely have excuses for your behavior. This can go on for a long time, leading to a more severe problem.


A person with an addiction experiences their behavior differently than those around them. Although they may feel some symptoms of their addiction, they may not realize how they affect those around them.


Admitting you have a problem is taking responsibility for the harm done. That can be intimidating and too much to handle for someone struggling with addiction.


Part of addiction is a lack of ability to handle stress and trauma with healthy coping mechanisms. Admitting you have a problem can add to that difficulty.


Because addiction inhibits your self-control, it is even harder to admit you have a problem. Long-term substance use results in a lack of ability to control the urges regardless of the dangers.


Figuring out that you’re addicted requires a level of self-awareness that can be difficult to access when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Answering these questions can help you see how substance abuse affects you and those around you:


#1. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about using, under the influence, or finding ways to use? #2. Have you risked meaningful relationships to use? #3. Do you continue using after suffering the consequences of using? #4. Are your work and finances struggling due to your substance use? #5. Do you lie about your substance use? #6. Do you need to increase how much of a substance you use to achieve the same level of high you once did? #7. Has your substance use led to health problems? #8. Do you experience symptoms of withdrawal when not using?


Saying yes to any or all of these questions indicates a substantial likelihood of addiction. Sometimes seeing the facts can force you to admit the truth. Also, talking to friends and loved ones about your behavior and getting their opinion can open your eyes.


Seeking Treatment For Addiction


Until someone intervenes, someone with an addiction may not be aware of their problem. Even then, wanting help and needing it are different things.


You may know you have a problem with addiction, but seeking help takes another level of patience and dedication. You need to want help to enter recovery.


Taking time to find a treatment center, enter rehab, and go through detox is challenging. You have to deal with insurance, finances, not to mention the work of recovery.


Having support from loved ones during this time can make a big difference. Having someone encouraging you and helping you find the right program is a great way to maintain momentum and motivation through these early stages.


Speaking with your primary care physician about wanting addiction treatment can offer guidance too. A trusted healthcare professional can work with you to find the best options.


Adjusting to Sober Living


Usually, the first part of treatment and recovery after an assessment and diagnosis is detox. Withdrawing from drugs or alcohol is difficult, but it is usually medically assisted and supervised within a rehab facility, making the process as comfortable as possible.

Once your body is free from addictive substances, there is a lot to learn throughout treatment. You will likely work with professionals to determine what led to your addiction.

Analyzing your past and determining how best to deal with past traumas and stress is emotionally exhausting but essential in your long-term recovery.


You will work on coping with emotional troubles and mental health issues without the use of drugs and alcohol. You will take accountability for your behavior and address the shame that often comes with addiction.


Doing all of this with the help of a doctor or therapist offers you the best chance at continuous sobriety.


You will also need to adjust to life without the routine of rehab or treatment. Improving or repairing your relationships, handling your finances, and finding balance, will take time and practice.


Finding ways to handle urges and triggers will take practice. You’ll want to find a support system with friends, medical professionals, and peer groups. These outlets will help you find meaning in your life and feel fulfilled without using substances.


Determining the most challenging parts of recovery is nearly impossible as it is so different for everyone. Taking your recovery step by step and focusing on where you are is critical. Accepting you have a problem, admitting it, and taking the steps to seek treatment will seem the hardest, each stage will have its hurdles as you go through treatment. As you move forward, each step will offer you more strength, confidence, and hope for your future. You will face continual struggles in life, and everything you’ve learned through addiction treatment will help you recover. Finding the right coping mechanisms, the proper support channels, and the balance you need will keep you on track with your sobriety. At California Care Detox & Treatment, we are here to help you achieve success in every step of your recovery. Call us at (949) 281-0632 today for guidance and support on your journey.

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