What is the Ultimate Recovery Process For Drug and Alcohol Addiction? Is it getting a 9-5 job? Is it going to a 30-day rehabilitation process? Is it attending an hour-long meeting? Or, is it a therapy session. 

Although these can steer you towards the goal, it cannot help your recovery. Recovery is a lifestyle. If you adapt to a lifestyle, it will guide you on your journey towards recovery. Recovery begins with the word "EMPOWER." Recovering is empowering - a verb. It gives one the power to make stronger and more confident decisions in taking control of their lives, beginning to claim responsibility for their actions, and to act towards claiming their rights to living a life worthy of living. 

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Before learning about the process of recovery, let's focus on the four myths about drug and alcohol abuse that stand as a blockade to recovery: 

  1. Overcoming addiction depends on Willpower alone: It has nothing to do with one's Willpower. Exposure to drugs and alcohol for a long while, alters how the brain functions. The brain begins to crave powerfully for the substance in question and desires the need to consume it compulsively. The chemical imbalance caused within the brain somehow subdues the will's power to control oneself. Will power has no role to play in dependency on the substance.
  2. Treatment can't be forced; it has to come as a voluntary action:

When the brain is messed up, there is no way one can make a voluntary decision to quit the addiction. Those who are forced into treatment also see the benefits of going through the process, just the same as a voluntary action.

  1. Only Addicts that hit rock bottom can get better at a rehab center: The process of recovery can begin at any given point in the addiction process. The harder the process of recovery, the longer an addict's drug abuse history. So, no, addicts don't have to hit rock bottom to get help.
  2. Treatment won't work for those that have tried and failed: It's absurd to assume that having failed at a previous attempt to recover amounts to failing further attempts. Recovery is a life-long journey, and those who relapse in the process can always start over. 

Having gone through and keep these debunked myths at the back of your heads, let's look ahead at what is the ultimate road to drug and alcohol recovery, especially for those living in Australia. 

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers believe taking the holistic escape route, each step of the way. It's 8-level care provided to support those with anxiety, depression, and addiction. The process takes into account: 

  1. Psychology: The very step to recovery is admitting addiction and accepting the process of recovery. This can only be done after the process of sitting through multiple sessions with a qualified and experienced psychologist who provides the right atmosphere and prompts to begin the process of coming to terms with denial, anger, shame, and then acceptance.
  2. Counseling: The next step involves counseling. Trained psychologists and mental health practitioners take a gander at addicts by prompting further so that they can come to the point of opening up and freeing talking about the history of their addictions. Who influenced this decision, was it peer pressure or circumstantial pressure? Was it recreational, or is there a deep-seated root as to why they began to abuse in the first place? Talking freely de-stigmatizes the addicts and helps with the process of recovery.
  3. Therapy: In numerous sit-ins with psychologists, addicts begin to experience a diverse array of science-backed therapies. These therapies further open up the addicts/guests and help them rely on the trusted advice of the staff member's experience. They learn and re-learn the techniques to adapt to their own addiction, conditioning them to behave in ways that require to check their thoughts and actions.
  4. Fitness: Fitness is an aspect that is not paid as much attention as the rest of the process. However, it is crucial to the growth of the addict towards discovering the freedom of rehabilitation. It gives them a sense of direction, a sense of distraction, and a sense of discipline that works in their favour to help them focus on staying away from substance abuse and also to redirect their thoughts and channelize the to better their habits.
  5. Well-being: A holistic approach to recovery considers both the physical well-being and mental well-being of an addict. It seeks to direct both these aspects of well-being to achieve rehabilitation and recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.
  6. Motivation: The next step towards recovery lies in motivation. The friendliness of the professional staff working for alcohol rehabs in Queensland and other such rehab centers in Australia, push the addicts to be motivated to put forward their best versions. The warmth that they exude enables the guests to strive towards their versions of perfection.
  7. Relaxation: Another area of recovery lies in being trusted to use one's privacy in ways where they make the best use of the resources around them. They are taught to enjoy one's place of living, respect it, and cause no danger to themselves within the walls of it. It is built in a resort-style so that they can enjoy and relax the wealth of amenities that the villa provides rather than find ways to explore their addictions.
  8. Care: What addicts/guests require more than anything is - care. Knowing that one is cared for and shown the highest levels of compassion and understanding supports them to uphold that standard of love for themselves. They begin to treat themselves with that standard of respect and enforce that standard in their future lifestyle so that they don't falter in their path to recovery. 

These are the steps to an addict's ultimate recovery. There is actually no shorter way. It requires a lifetime of effort and energy to sustain recovery. Empower those around you to take action and begin to work towards their ultimate recovery from substance abuse. If you or anyone going through substance abuse want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, actions, and inspires you to better yourself.

Published by Zoe Sewell