What are some of the better alcoholism and addiction treatment solutions for recovery? What are the best strategies for staying clean and sober?
And what are the best strategies for getting clean and sober?
Let’s take a look:
The act of getting clean and sober is not the same thing as maintaining long term recovery. This is certainly not true because many addicts and alcoholics who manage to get 30, 60, or 90 days clean ultimately end up relapsing shortly thereafter. Why does this happen? Because staying clean and sober in the long run is not the same as sobering up. The processes are completely different and if the newcomer in recovery wants to achieve long term success in recovery then they have to change their recovery strategy over time.
But this is very hard to figure out because in traditional recovery settings such as AA and NA meetings, people are encouraging them to “keep coming back” and to “keep doing what works” and if “it is not broke don’t fix it” and so on. The messages you get from traditional AA meetings tend to be that you should go to lots of meetings, get a sponsor, work the steps, and keep doing this stuff over and over again, because that is what works.
That is what works in early recovery. That is what gets people from zero to 90 days sober. That is what works initially.
But what happens when you get the person who is coming up on 5 years sober, and all they really do in their recovery journey is to “keep coming back?” They have not evolved one bit beyond the typical AA jargon and lingo and catchphrases, nor have they pushed themselves to really grow in any meaningful way.
Therefore, the solution for alcoholism and addiction treatment is not to keep doing the same thing over and over again. If you do that, you will stay stuck in “early recovery mode” and eventually burn out and relapse over it. No, the solution for continued success in recovery is to grow and evolve. Specifically, you need to do a few key things in order to really embrace the sort of long term solution that can keep you clean and sober:
* Push yourself to keep learning new things in your recovery. This is important both in a spiritual, as well as a real-world, practical sense. In other words, you should seek to learn new things about recovery and spiritual matters, but you should also push yourself to always just be learning in general. Learning and recovery go hand in hand.
* Push yourself to help other recovering addicts and alcoholics in some way. If you are doing this on a regular basis, the threat of relapse remains very distant. You are well protected if you are actively helping others in their recovery.
* Push yourself toward holistic health. This should be your main avenue of growth in your recovery journey. Holistic health would include spirituality, but it would also go beyond that to include things such as:
1) Quitting smoking
2) Exercise and fitness
4) Emotional balance
5) Education and learning
And so on. So if you actively try to push yourself to make progress in these areas, then your recovery will benefit tremendously from doing so.
Also, keep in mind that the preferred strategy for holistic growth is to take one thing at a time.
This means that you should NOT try to change everything in your life all at once. This is a recipe for disaster. Instead, pick one area of your life that you wish to improve, and then master that one area. Then move on to another goal.
This outlines the ideal solution for recovery from addiction.