It is the million-dollar question. How long does it take for someone to truly overcome an addiction? There are many more questions that will arise within that question.
A lot of emphasis is put on the pain and anguish that both addicts and families often suffer when we discuss what addiction does to our society. Having lived through it, I know all about that as well as how easy it is on addicts and families to lose hope amid the struggle. While I understand that, I would like to focus on what life can be like once addiction has been overcome.
I was fortunate enough to be on Dr. Stephen Nedd’s Body Chat Podcast recently and spoke with Ron Nedd on the Narconon Program, my experience with addiction and other treatment facilities, as well as all of the great successes I have had the privilege to be a part of as a staff member at Narconon Suncoast.
It seems that that behind every drug, there is another drug to help with that drug.
At Narconon Suncoast, we have precise protocols and preventative measures in place to ensure our facility is the safest place possible for anyone seeking treatment.
If you look in a dictionary, the definition of an addict is straight forward. It is defined as “a person who is addicted to a particular substance, typically an illegal drug.
It always started the same. I would get out of a treatment facility or detox center feeling confident and ready to get back to my life and do what needed to be done.
The news has not exactly been brimming with positivity recently, as 2020 will undoubtedly go down as a historic year. Between the looting and riots caused by tragic current events, the COVID-19 pandemic and lives lost along with the economic fallout from the quarantine that has adversely affected numerous businesses, homes, and families, the year has been full of heartbreak on a global scale.
Addiction effects more than just the addict, the family suffers right along side them. However, a successful recovery also has the capacity to allow the family to reap the rewards and benefits as they also begin to heal.
A full recovery from drug addiction is a journey, and I have gained and lost, quite a bit through it all. I have written before that my ability to leave addiction behind had more to do with my commitment to becoming a better person than it was about removing drugs and alcohol from my life.