Let’s say you grew up in a big city, like Los Angeles. You’ve got friends all over the city, from Venice Beach, Santa Monica, West LA, and Beverly Hills that have become your closest companions. No matter what you’re doing, you’re likely with one of your buddies. And if you’re not, you know when you’re going to be with them again soon.
But for some reason, when it came to getting involved with drugs, you kept it to yourself. And you noticed yourself go through a series of stages that became more and more severe, gradually pulling you into the cycle of addiction.
Perhaps you’re struggling for sober help now. Perhaps you’ve already made the decision to work towards living sober; perhaps you’ve even experienced a relapse or two. If you find a treatment facility and a Los Angeles sober living home, it’s important to know that recent advances in the scientific understanding of drug addiction clearly indicate that the brain has the remarkable ability to recover after an extensive absence of using drugs, even with such a harsh substance as methamphetamine.
Even with prolonged addiction, recovery is possible, albeit difficult. But don’t let that discourage you! Treatment for drug addiction is not unlike treating a chronic illness. It must include the transformation of deeply embedded habits, thoughts, and beliefs. As you continue to seek sober help and spending time with a sober living community, you might find that old and destructive internal patterns change. And as they change, it’s possible you might experience relapse. However, this doesn’t mean that your recovery is impossible; in many cases, a relapse can strengthen your commitment to stay sober.
Assuming that there are no mental illnesses that co-exist with your addiction, then once you enter a treatment rehabilitation center, you’ll find that the primary method of treatment is a combination of medication, behavioral therapy, and addressing any underlying issues (abuse, domestic violence, trauma, or loss) that might have prompted the use of drugs or alcohol in the first place.
Medication can be used in different ways in the recovery process. For instance, it can be a tool to assist the process of withdrawal in the beginning stages of healing. It can also facilitate the brain’s ability to adapt to the absence of the abused drug, and still other forms of medication can help to prevent relapse by inhibiting the brain’s triggers for craving drugs.
Behavioral therapy examines any attitudes, beliefs, and thought patterns you might have that contribute to a dysfunctional lifestyle. For instance, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that addresses unhealthy patterns of thought that lead to making poor choices. CBT also provides healthier coping mechanisms to help manage challenging emotions, triggering life circumstances, and stress, replacing any old methods of coping that may have furthered dysfunction and stress. CBT can also enhance the effectiveness of the treatment medication and this, in turn, assists with your ability to stay in treatment longer.
Once you’re done with a treatment facility, you’ll likely want to enter a sober living home to continue the sober mentoring you’ve found as well as other forms of help that has supported your sobriety thus far.
If you’re willing to make the commitment to a sober life, despite the challenges, treatment facilities, halfway houses, and sober living homes are available throughout the city of Los Angeles. As mentioned above, even if you were addicted to a harsh drug such as cocaine or methamphetamine, it’s still possible to recover.
This can provide enormous hope to someone beginning his or her journey towards living sober. In fact, hope and the forms of sober help can make all the difference in the world. With the right support, encouragement, and commitment, you can create a drug-free and healthy life.
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