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Dealing With Addiction: Your Guide

Although addiction in some form is experienced by millions of people around our world, so many people still suffer in silence. We live in a culture which celebrates ‘having it all’ – the perfect job; being an amazing parent; having a big, beautiful house; looking young, healthy and lively even when you don’t feel it. These standards can cause people to feel inadequate when they don’t exactly work out according to plan; this can cause a vicious cycle of secrecy and self loathing. With the existence of social media, we all feel the need to make our lives seem perfect all the time, when in actual fact, nobody has it all together. So many people deal with demons that those on the outside never see.

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If you have experienced addiction or are currently suffering with addiction, you will know that addiction and shame go hand in hand. If everybody thinks you “have it all together” your addiction can feel like a dirty secret. Many addicts hide their behavior even from their closest family and friends; addiction is a disease which makes people lie and cover up their actions in pursuit of continuing itself. It is hard, very hard to get over. But the wonderful thing is: help exists. And it is getting more accessible every day.

Reaching Out

If you live in a cycle of secret addiction, the first step towards sobriety is to tell someone. Anyone. It doesn’t have to be someone close to you; perhaps it is a doctor, a work friend, your boss or a therapist. Whomever it is: get it off your chest. Your addiction does not have to be suffered alone. With the help of other understanding people, you can feel stronger in seeking recovery.

Recovery Treatments

What does it look like to recover from addiction? The truth is, addiction is a lifelong illness which will always have to be managed, no matter how long you have been clean. The treatments available to you right now will depend on the type of your addiction, your location and insurance policy. Here are a few options for addiction recovery.

If you wish to continue living at home and don’t want to move into a facility full time, you can attend an IOP. These programs are very intense and require a lot of commitment, but can be life changing for addicts who want to keep their regular routine while getting treatments. To complete an IOP, you will need to have first completed a partial hospitalization program, in which you will spend some of your time in hospital. After this, you can resume your life while attending an IOP.

  • Inpatient Recovery in a Rehab Facility

If you feel you would be better suited living full-time in a facility for the first weeks of your recovery, you can do this in a rehabilitation facility. There, you will complete therapy, workshops and learn tools for your addiction recovery process.

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