Fri. May 20th, 2022

The Aftermath of Addiction: How to Deal with Recovery Fatigue

Drug and alcohol addiction is a big problem and crisis issue, to say the least.  It has been a problem and a crisis that has only gone up and that has only gotten worse and worse as the years have gone by.  If something is not done soon to address the addiction crisis issue then it will probably only get worse and worse long before it gets any better.

Substance abuse is a crisis and a problem that without a doubt is best addressed with rehabilitation.  More specifically, it needs to be addressed with inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment centers, detox facilities, rehabilitation programs, and recovery organizations.  These centers by far are easily the most successful at tackling addiction and at taking it down a notch.

But what happens when one actually does beat addiction?  What is the nest step after that?  What does one do when addiction has been gotten rid of, and when one is freshly in recovery?  That is the next big step, and this is the big point where a recovering addict has to work very hard to ensure that a relapse does not occur.  How does one do this properly and what can one do to ensure that recovery fatigue is kept at bay and that a relapse does not occur, common as relapses are?

How to Beat Recovery Fatigue and How to Come Out Winning

Recovery is in a lot of ways is just as hard as beating addiction is.  It takes a lot of work and a lot of effort to beat addiction and to win against the problem with any kind of permanence.  This is what needs to be done, though, and sooner rather than later too.  Substance abuse is a dangerous habit that just seems to go on and on with no clear sign of it getting any better any time soon.  The problem and the crisis issue needs now more than ever to be tackled and taken down a notch.

For those in recovery, follow these tips for maintaining recovery and for avoiding recovery fatigue:

  • Your recovery is the most important thing in your life.  Give it priority.  If you ever start to feel overwhelmed, then you might need to cut a few things out of your life, as overwhelm is often brought on after recovery is achieved and then one gets fatigued.  Make your recovery your priority, and cut things out of your life if you have to.
  • Enroll in an aftercare program.  Recovery fatigue comes about from being hit too hard with too many things.  Enroll in an aftercare program so that you can continue to work on things and so that you can continue to address your recovery and keep it fresh.
  • Keep in mind that it gets easier with time.  A lot of people forget this key point, but recovery does, in fact, get better with time.  The more you work at it, the better you are at beating the addiction problem and coming out winning in the long run.
  • Seek help from others.  You don’t have to do this on your own.  In fact, you shouldn’t even try.  Build a support network, and utilize the help of others when you start to feel fatigued.

All in all, beating addiction is a tough prospect, but in a lot of ways staying sober is even tougher.  Make it go right, and tackle the problem from its very core and keep working at it, and it will get better in the long run.  Once recovery is achieved, though the battle is far from won, the effort is downhill from there.



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