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Life After Recovery

Posted by arizonarecover on January 23, 2020

If you’ve gone through recovery, you know just how difficult it can be to transition over to normal life again. However, for those of you who are new to recovery or are actively going through it, don’t be too worried about “getting it right” immediately. Addiction has a way of making you focus on one thing and one thing only in life: getting your fix (drugs or alcohol). When you live life solely for the purpose of getting high or drunk, it can be nearly impossible to remember how to live life normally again. We’re here to help with that! Living a fulfilling life after recovery is possible, let us help you understand how.

Freedom From Dependency

One of the first, and easily one of the biggest problems that addiction recovery can solve is dependency. Most of us have faced some sort of dependency on life, but dependency on drugs or alcohol is a dangerous game. Addiction is a very powerful disease that cannot be fought with willpower alone. What happens to a person who uses substances is they become addicted to drugs or alcohol, thus creating a dependency. Addiction can cause a person to believe they cannot function normally without being slightly inebriated. Their habitual use may start off in their homes or private areas and then start to seep into more public situations. Of course, this is only the substance making the person act like this, the addict is no longer in control of what they’re doing. 

Dependency starts to take the reigns of a person’s life, making it difficult for them to make rational decisions. Because the reward system in the brain has been manipulated into a state where only drugs and alcohol feel rewarding, it can be hard for an addict to kick this bad habit. When a person is able to go through rehab and detox from substance abuse, they can finally start their journey into the sober life … a life free from dependency. 

Gets You Back In Touch With Yourself

One thing we mentioned earlier is that addicts are not truly themselves. This isn’t just a saying, it’s a fact. As we previously discussed, addiction has a way of manipulating and changing the way we view pleasure and satisfaction. Activities like eating food, working out, having friendly conversations, or having sex don’t feel nearly as pleasurable to a person who has been abusing substances. Because of the high euphoric effects of drug and alcohol use, it’s no surprise that people who struggle with addiction often lose friends, lose interest in normal activities, have financial instability, and have broken relationships. All of these important aspects of life lose priority and substances are put at the forefront of a person’s life. 

Clearly, this is not how the person normally acts. Thankfully, after rehabilitation and detox, a person can have a clearer mind, making it possible for them to realign their priorities in life. This can help them get back in touch with their true selves and come back to what they truly value in life. Whether it friendships, family, financial stability, or a relationship, sobriety can help a person get these important aspects of a person’s life back to normal.

Financial Stability

Finances can become a big issue for people who are actively struggling with addiction. For people who have developed a dependence on drugs or alcohol, they can start to lose sight of their savings if they are not careful. What often happens if these people will start to spend their hard-earned money on substances which can start to put a dent in their bank account. If dependence forms, then drugs and alcohol basically become a necessity, like food or water. This can make them forget about money for rent, gas, child support, groceries, etc. What often happens is these individuals become financially unstable and wind up in places they never thought they’d be. Back at their mother’s house, couch surfing, living out of their car, or even living on the streets.

When a person is free from their desire to use, they can take time to realign their financial priorities and put their money into things that matter. No longer will they feel the need to spend money recklessly and endlessly on drugs or alcohol. When you start living life after recovery, you can start to save your money and use it for more important personal expenses.

Repair Broken Relationships

A big part of anyone’s life is the relationships we develop. Whether it be with friends, family, co-workers, or significant others, we all have relationships that we hold near and dear to our hearts. For someone who actively struggles with addiction, relationships can be put on the back burner and lose priority. This can result in the other party developing feelings of insecurity, lack of importance, anger, resentment, disappointment, depression, etc. What often happens is friends, family members, and significant others start to feel disappointed with who the person has now become. Addicts lose sight of their relationships and become selfish, sometimes even going as far as to lie, cheat, manipulate, or steal from their loved ones. Of course, behavior like this is not tolerated by most people and these kinds of relationships are left broken.

Without drugs or alcohol to drive addicts to act out of selfishness, they can start to make amends with the people that they’ve wronged. If they’ve hurt a family member, lied to their friends, or lost their spouse’s trust, they can start to repair what has been broken now that they have a clear mind. Through recovery, a former addict can realize just how selfish their actions were, who they need to make amends with, and how they can repair the broken relationships. 

 

A person who lives a life in addiction is not themselves. They have become a shell of who they used to be, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get back to who they were. Through recovery, a former addict can start to realign their priorities in life, take better care of themselves, and repair aspects of their life that substance abuse has left broken. Relationships, financials, and self-care are all massive aspects of life that are often left neglected through life in substance abuse. Life after recovery is one worth living, it’s just a matter of getting the help you need in order to successfully get there.