Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone at any stage of life. Those suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol may struggle to accomplish daily routines and their own physical and mental health may be suffering. Alcohol, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opiates can all be highly addictive and overcoming these addictions takes a huge amount of dedication. Addiction can develop regardless of an individual’s age, gender, education, or socioeconomic status, and addressing addiction involves learning how to cope with the urges as well as the personal effects that drugs or alcohol have had on each individual. However, addiction can be overcome and Create Recovery Center can guide each individual through the process, from taking the first steps in overcoming addiction to balancing one’s goals and responsibilities in life.
There are many factors at play when addressing an addiction to drugs or alcohol. There are genetic components that can cause certain individuals to be at an increased risk for developing addiction, as well as social and environmental factors that can influence a person’s relationship with drugs or alcohol. It is important to learn to identify these elements and how each person can tackle their own recovery by prioritizing their personal health, sobriety, and identity outside of these dangerous social and environmental factors. Our outpatient programs allow each person to personalize their own recovery path with guidance from our professionals in an effort to learn and incorporate new coping strategies that are specific to each person inside and outside of the facility.
The use of drugs and alcohol can lead to a number of mental health disorders and coping with a mental health disorder and substance use disorder simultaneously, called dual-diagnosis, is a complex process that can feel overwhelming. While some individuals may turn to substance use in order to provide relief from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or any number of other mental health disorders, others may find that their use of drugs or alcohol creates these feelings as well. As a result, it is important to address these two dimensions of recovery in tandem by providing education on how these two elements inform each other and using this information to create a comprehensive approach to recovery.
Learning to cope with mental illness as a part of addiction recovery can be daunting. However, our professional staff is trained to address the unique experiences with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health disorders that an individual may face on their journey to sobriety.
For those with a dual-diagnosis, treating only one part of the problem can leave a person ill-prepared to cope with the other factors at play and an increased chance of relapse. Addressing mental health without acknowledging the use of drugs or alcohol as a coping strategy can allow difficulties to persist in the same way that learning how to cope with one’s use of drugs or alcohol can leave a person with little guidance on how to address feelings of anxiety or depression. It is essential to create a unique, personalized plan that addresses these issues simultaneously in order to produce a truly comprehensive plan for success.
One’s struggle with mental health and substance use disorders may also lead to other unhealthy coping strategies or replacement addictions if left unchecked. Gambling, sex, and internet addictions are all possible as they target the same rewards centers in the brain. It is important to educate oneself about these risks even while moving through recovery from drugs or alcohol. Recovery isn’t just about the cessation of one’s use of drugs or alcohol, but rather about employing the right coping strategies and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to allow each person to live a healthy, sober, and productive life and avoid further unhealthy coping strategies.
At Create Recovery Center, we employ a range of outpatient therapy programs to help each person tackle their recovery goals while providing balance to their daily lives. Coupled with our cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) approaches, these programs empower each person to readily employ new strategies in their daily lives and discover their own best practices to cope with personal, real-life stressors on a daily basis. Exploring one’s newfound sobriety can lead to a number of positive changes and we encourage each person to set their own goals for their sober lives. The support of our staff and access to an encouraging recovery community allows each person to share in their experiences and success while keeping sobriety, recovery, and healthy living practices at the forefront of each person’s mind. Addiction affects each person differently and, as a result, it is important to tackle each person’s recovery in a personalized way based on their individual needs and goals.
Each story with drug and alcohol addiction will be unique and there is no single way to address every person. However, by treating the unique ways in which substance use disorders and mental health disorders affect each individual and providing education on the complex nature of addiction, it is possible to create an effective outpatient recovery plan that helps each person balance their sober goals while learning to cope with their unique stressors. Learning to balance one’s recovery, work, and relationships is a huge undertaking, but seeing progress in action can be a source of incredible success, motivating each person to continue to better their new, transformed, sober lifestyle.