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4 Ways Life Will be Better in Recovery

Detox and treatment for addiction can seem daunting. Detox can be painful and treatment requires courage. Recovery requires a daily commitment. Why go to all this effort? What’s the payoff? You may be considering treatment because addiction has made you and your family suffer and you don’t want things to get worse. Don’t forget that there is also a lot to look forward to. Here are some ways your life will improve in recovery.

You’ll feel like yourself again. Drugs and alcohol change how your brain works. That doesn’t just affect how you feel, but also how you think and act. It may happen gradually and you might not notice, but you definitely change. Your friends and family know you aren’t the same person you used to be–not quite as sharp, not quite as present. You may have started to do things you wouldn’t normally have done. The good news is this is reversible. When you detox, you stop getting worse and in treatment you start getting better. People who watch their loved ones go through detox sometimes feel like they’ve been reunited with someone they haven’t seen in years. The clarity comes back. There is still a long way to go, but it’s a pretty good start.

You have more money. A serious drug or alcohol addiction costs a lot of money. And it always costs more tomorrow than it did today. Not only do you have to buy the drugs or alcohol, but the worse your addiction, the more costs are associated with it. A DUI or drug charges can be very costly. If your addiction is bad enough to affect your work, you may be making less money too. In recovery, meetings are free and insurance usually covers therapy. When you don’t have to buy ever larger quantities of drugs or alcohol every day, you suddenly find there’s a lot more money in your pocket.

You have less fear. Addictive behavior tends to make people rigid. As drinking or using become increasingly important, it becomes the dominant factor in their lives. Addicts often don’t like to deviate from their routines because they are afraid of missing their usual fix. They may rely mainly on one or two people and get worried if they can’t reach them. Depending on the drug, it may be a matter of hours before withdrawal hits. It’s terrible living with the constant fear of pain and withdrawal. Clinical detox makes withdrawal as painless as possible and after that you no longer have to fear it.

You’ll feel better than you did before. People often get addicted because there was something wrong they couldn’t fix. It may be trauma, abuse, depression, or anxiety. It could be social alienation or chronic pain. The drugs may have helped at first, but they only hid the problem without fixing it. Treatment is a chance to address whatever caused the addiction in the first place. It’s not easy, but in the end you will feel better than you did before addiction.

People considering treatment usually focus on how bad things have gotten, but they don’t often realize how much better life can be. Call Gardens Wellness Center today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more about detox and treatment options.