When everything seems broken in addiction, a really good opportunity has been presented to put the pieces back together in recovery. Why does recovery have to be a reconstruction period for most addicts? Addiction relentlessly tears a life to shreds until a white flag waves. Family trust is destroyed, jobs are lost, legal foes add up, and yet the addict still wants nothing more than to continue to do the addictive behaviors that have caused all the annihilation in the first place.
Recovery is a Reconstruction Process
Being reminded of the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War in the 1880’s, can illustrate a great visual of what reconstruction is like for someone in addiction. A war ensued and everything in the south was demolished from it, including moral. Every piece of the south had to be rebuilt from the terrible destruction of the war. This change did not happen overnight, but resulted through support, patience, and determination. Once the south was rejuvenated, the slaves were freed which is why the Reconstruction Era is a perfect analogy for addiction.
Cessation of the addiction is a great starting point for reconstruction. Stopping alone will not cure all the problems that have materialized because the drugs and alcohol are just symptoms to a more deep-rooted predicament. Hopefully hitting rock bottom can give that extra push to not just end the vicious cycle, but to stop the digging and get into recovery.
Cleaning up the mess that was created during the disarray of addiction is vital. Sometimes treatment or incarceration starts the process of reconstruction by putting the addict in the position of recognizing their need for help. Intervention or an arraignment may be crystal clear signs that recovery needs to be forthcoming.
After the stopping point has been reached in the behaviors of the addiction, the next part of reconstruction comes through the actions that are taken in recovery. Attending a 12-Step program or therapy are good ways of rehabilitating the trauma of the past. Trusting someone to talk though the issues that made an addict feel as though they needed to abuse substances to feel better, can prevent them from stuffing the feelings ongoing. Becoming vulnerable instead of being in denial, can begin the evolution of freedom.
Reconstruction in recovery is a process that takes time to achieve. The amount of damaged that was caused during the addiction usually takes some effort to get straightened out, but the effect can create a truce in conversion.
You deserve to be ADORNED in your recovery. Life skills, coping tools, education, holistic healing, and a sober support system will help you gain long term sobriety. Serenity Oaks Wellness Center offers a comprehensive treatment program for recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
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