26 Dec Is There a True Timeframe for Addiction Recovery?
You may argue that those who are addicted to a substance are often very narrow-minded while under the influence. They care little for those around them, the state of their career and the effect it has on their health, because all their energy is consumed by their desire to get more of that substance. However, once they come to the realization that they need to remove the problem, they then want to do it as fast as possible.
Once the comprehension hits home that they could lose their relationship, family, friends, job and much more, panic then starts to kick in. They desperately want to recover quickly, so they can avoid their whole life capitulating to an addiction. With that being said, how long does it genuinely take the average person to fully recover and put being an addict behind them?
It’s very difficult to say, and we’ll tell you why. It’s not because everyone in the world is completely unique, although that is a factor, it’s because addiction isn’t a disease with a definitive cure. You see, the mind is an extremely powerful tool, and if it has tendencies to become addicted, then that must be managed throughout an individual’s life.
However, maybe you could consider a full recovery as when a person is living a happy life, without a substance being involved whatsoever? If that’s the case, then there is a ton of optimism, because plenty of people every year enter sobriety, and subsequently lead a fruitful life with no addiction problems.
Now, in terms of the time it takes to get from fully-fledged addict, back to normality, is dependent on a variety of things. Firstly, they’d need to commit to a treatment plan, and those cannot be rushed. The individual would need to go through the difficult withdrawal stage, challenging detoxification process and then the multitude of learning.
Treatment usually finishes once a strong base has been established; the person would need to be off the substance, have the knowledge to stay off it, and have a robust support system ready. Research has shown that an ideal length for all of the treatment is 90 days, some may be slightly more and some slightly less.
Many people may not be aware, but it’s the early recovery stage following treatment that is most crucial to the time recovery takes. This is the phase where an individual is most likely to relapse, and if that occurs it would set them right back to square one. So, it’s important to make it through this without going back to the substance you’ve just worked so hard to come off.
If you do, and then maintain abstinence for 90 or so days, then you can concentrate on applying all of your new-found life skills, and refraining from returning to your old ways. It takes a life time of managing, because there’s always that chance of a relapse because you’ve once been an addict, but many people state they feel fully recovered after around five years.
Just stay positive, loving life and you’ll think about it less and less!