Many times people think that when you have recovered from your alcohol or drug problem you are cured, and you will never have these problems again. Many people believe that once someone stops using whatever substance they were addicted to, they have gotten through their problem and are capable of living their lives without ever dealing with substance addictions again.
Unfortunately, this is simply not true. Most of the actual recovery process happens when someone has gotten through the first steps of the recovery process and drug rehab and continues to actually recover in their own worlds and lives. A person cannot count themselves as healed simply because they have stopped using whatever substance they are addicted to. A big part of alcohol and drug recovery is avoiding chronic relapse.
It does not work for a person to stop going to treatment or to think that they are healed and completely finished with the process. This is a very dangerous thing, because it offers people hope that is not true hope â€“ the hope that once they have stopped abusing substances they no longer have to worry about recovery.
In fact, the opposite is true. Once someone has stopped drinking, the next step, and the most important step, is avoiding chronic relapse. Chronic relapse occurs when a person goes back to substance abuse over and over again. This is something that is important to avoid.
In order to avoid chronic relapse, and to continue with recovery, a person must be willing to spend their lives in recovery. This does not mean that they will never get any better. It means that once a person has a problem with drugs and alcohol, there will always be an opportunity for relapse to occur. In fact, one of the major problems with alcohol recovery is the idea of chronic relapse. This usually happens when a person thinks that they are healed and returns to their normal life, which usually means returning to things that caused their addictions in the first place.
Lifelong recovery is not as terrible as it sounds. Spending your life in recovery simply means that you admit that you are always going to have the chance of a chronic relapse. In order to avoid chronic relapse, a person must be willing to talk about their problems, and to have relationships with other people that require talking about their problems and insecurities, and also talking about ways to avoid relapse.
Having meetings with people who have also had problems in their lives makes it harder to relapse because you are then held accountable to other people who have had the same type of problems that you have. These meetings are a very popular part of addiction recovery, as they allow for people to get together and talk about their problems. Studies have shown that when a person is able to talk to others who might have problems with drug an alcohol abuse, they are less likely to experience chronic relapse.
If you always remember that you are a person that is prone to addiction, and you take steps to change your life for the better, you have a good chance of making a full recovery. You must just always remember that if you have problems with drugs and alcohol, you will not be able to go back to using these substances even socially. Going back to that is a sure way to have a relapse. Chronic relapse can be avoided and steps should be taken to do so.