VA Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center: Get Support
If you have ever tried quitting drugs or alcohol on your own, you might have been successful for a bit. My experience working with addicts is that many have tried on their own but were unable to maintain any type of long term sobriety. It is also my experience that treatment works.
One former patient tried to quit drugs on his own a number of times. He just could not figure out why he was so unsuccessful. Treatment help him learn that in order to be successful he would need the help of others. He learned that there are other addicts with the same problem who were willing to guide him in the right direction to quit using for good!
Addicts are in their head by themselves wondering why they keep doing this. Their mind tells them it is not healthy but at the same time thoughts of using seem to give them hope that they can get out of this rut. A recent article discusses the importance of treatment and how it gives a person the tools to quit for good..
That is the scary thing about addiction. If the addict is left to his own devices he or she will surely revert back to drugs or alcohol. So, the need to connect with other recovering addicts is key. My former patient got treatment. He reached out to others when he had thoughts of using again. This new way of living with regular support made it so much easier for him to stop his drug addiction. He no longer had to to this on his own.
The isolation of an active drug addict or alcoholic is very sad and if you have experienced this you understand exactly what this means. Remember you do not have to do this on your own. Get help from others and you will be okay!