Hi and welcome to my site about healing from drug addiction. I have been in recovery since the beginning of 1986. I have had my share of problems learning how to cope with recovery and addiction. The road to recovery is not an easy one. These are some tools I have used to help me in my recovery.
If you are somewhat new to recovery and looking for help then keep reading. Early recovery can be a real bitch for just about anyone. There were lots of days when I was just looking to make it through one day without killing someone. Like many, I had some serious anger problems in the beginning of my recovery.True recovery is about sharing and helping another addict.It’s all about the ACT of one person helping another,which determines everything.
Drug addiction is becoming a bigger problem than ever. The fact is people are looking to escape from the pain they have experienced. Far too often this starts at adolescence and only gets worse. We all have known someone who suffers from some sort of addiction at one point or another. This site was created to share some tools that has worked for me when nothing else would. Hopefully this help you or someone that you know who suffers from drug addiction.
There is some differences between drug addiction and alcohol addiction. I never put too much emphasis on this, simply because I found it only separated myself from others. I say let’s not even bother looking at why they are different. I could on and on about the various differences between various addictions,but what does that accomplish? It wasn’t until years later that I actually realized how big of a mistake it was to think of the two addictions different. So let’s not start off by disagreeing on the minor aspects of addiction.
I have been to literally thousands of AA and NA meetings over the years. The people dealing with drug addiction in NA have always been hard for me to tolerate even though I was a hard core drug addict for years. I actually got most of my recovery by going to AA meetings. I always found alcoholics to be a little more stable than drug addicts. In the beginning of my recovery I needed that little difference in stability to make it in recovery.
Cycles of drug addiction
The cycles of drug addiction and alcoholism often extend deep into family generations. The cycles of addiction will usually be passed on to future generations unless someone breaks the chain.I have seen many parents pass on several characteristics of addiction to their children.Experience has taught me that breaking the cycles of addiction quite often takes years in recovery.One of the most important aspects in recovery is taking responsibility for our part.Once we start breaking the cycles of abuse, true recovery and freedom will be rewarded.Never give up on each other,there is hope my friend.
We all hear the horror stories about drug addictions. Yes drug addiction is an ugly thing that causes all kinds of pain and suffering. My experience has taught me that pain and suffering are absolutely necessary before the addict can even choose recovery. Just remember this site is generally about my experience with drug addiction and recovery not yours, but hopefully I can share something about recovery that will help you.
Speaker tapes really helped me make it through many days when it seemed impossible. Some people have no problem asking another for help, and some people simply cannot ask for help.This is where someone turned me onto speaker tapes, which changed my course of recovery.The best speaker for me was Bob E and what a difference listening to his tapes made to my recovery.Simply put, just listening gave me hope and belief that I too can recover.
Healing from drug addiction
Healing from any addiction usually takes years. Healing from drug addiction can be done in several ways. The most common way of healing from addictions is 12 step programs. 12 step programs work for most people, this usually requires several attempts and failures at recovery. The key is to learn from our failures which can be extremely difficult. True recovery takes a lot of time and effort to break the cycles of addiction. Patience is key
Al-anon does good things if you are looking to help someone with an addiction. To treat an addiction we must first understand what works and what doesn’t. There are some fine lines between helping and aiding someone in recovery. I have met several parents who thought they were helping when in fact they were doing more damage to the addict. Education about addictions is extremely important when helping anyone in the recovery process.
Most forms of addictions like drugs and alcohol are very selfish and self-centered by nature and take years to change. Family and friends of addicts can never really understand why the addict is so selfish which makes the process of helping addicts recover quite difficult.It took me years to undue my selfish ways, this is where education about addictions is crucial to family and friends who wish to help.
Coping with drug addiction and alcoholism
I have had to search for different ways to cope with my drug addiction and alcoholism.Most family and friends of the addict or alcoholic have trouble coping with the nature of the disease.When people first enter recovery it can be even more difficult for family and friends to understand the healing process.Sometimes we all need to learn new ways of helping each other when it comes to alcoholism and drug addiction.
Helping others with addictions
The goal in life is really about helping each other.The key to recovery for addicts and alcoholics is to extend ourselves to others.The main reason I created this site was for helping others with addictions.If I can share some of my experiences with drug addiction and recovery, I win also.Be kind and share what you can to help, we all thank you.