The Problem Of Addiction Recovery

892 WordsApr 16, 20164 Pages
Addiction recovery can be broken down into five common phases. The first phase is awareness and acknowledgement of the problem. This can be the most difficult phase, one that many addicts never move past. Denial separates the awareness that using drugs or alcohol has had a negative consequence from the rational and emotional impact that should take place. A common cycle for an addict is denial, rationalization, and justification. It is during this cycle that addicts frequently experience of range of problems: health issues, loss of employment, deterioration of personal relationships, or even jail time. It is the repeated negative consequences, “hitting bottom”, that moves an addict from mere awareness of a problem to the acknowledgement that action is needed. Few experiences are as essential to an addict as the moment when he or she shifts from denial to a willingness to make a change. The second stage of recovery is the shift from awareness to action. This is when the addict begins to look beyond him/herself and to understand that their actions have negatively impacted their own lives, as well as those of their family and friends. This stage of consideration is an exploratory phase. The addict isn’t actively pursuing recovery, but they are frequently learning more about addiction, gaining insight and information about the disease. It is during the third phase, learning, that many addicts begin the exploration of recovery. They may talk to friends or family who
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