There is a difficult balance to strike between finding meaningful self-help and seeking treatment for addiction. Lots of information is freely available online and elsewhere, but that does not make it good (or even accurate) information. Addiction treatment requires intervention and support. Self-help is great for some aspects of it but is most likely not going to help the majority of people who struggle by itself without being part of a larger program. Find some ways to balance the self-help concepts with an integrated treatment plan that focuses on healing.
Limits of Self-Help
Self-help methods are only effective when the person can look at their treatment approach with a logical mindset. This means understanding the outcomes and sharing results. Drugs interfere with how the brain operates, limits the performance of neurons in the brain, and impairs decision-making. With the irrational and impulsive nature of addiction, self-help is not going to speak to those deeper places that need healing. Home or solo detox often have low rates of success because relapse is a very real risk when coming down off of years of drug use. The physical and emotional symptoms are not only overwhelming but may be dangerous, if not done in an environment where they can be monitored.
The lack of connection with others can be a struggle for people. It pushes the person deeper into addiction. Self-help addiction treatment lacks the foundation of recovery, which is a connection to others. The person with addiction relies on themselves and their tools to recover without focusing on all the other tools available. Self-help addiction treatment lacks the foundation of recovery, which is being in connection with others. Self-help can be successful in some areas, in moderation, but it is not a fix-it for so much of life. The power of one person helping another in recovery is healing (and necessary) to keep moving forward. Nobody should do recovery alone.
One of the best parts of addiction recovery groups is sharing success with others. They may have self-help tips that are useful, but it is best to be in community with others so that the person is not isolated. Addiction blocks connection, with stigma, but also by the process of elimination as the person with addiction tends to burn bridges. Having many powerful tools at the person’s disposal is good, but potentially it can push them into places where they are relying more on themselves than others for support. Professional addiction treatment provides a logical approach, emotional support, and the connection necessary to have a lasting impact and lead the person with addiction into recovery.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702