How did you get from addiction to recovery? The answer is, by bravely making changes that have enabled you to grow in ways you once would not have thought possible. In reaching recovery, you have triumphed. You have made a better life for yourself. One to be proud.
The stages involved in moving from addiction to recovery are shown. Click on each stage to learn more about how you reached recovery and why you must continue to grow to protect it.
You consider yourself to be ok and are unaware that you are building an unhealthy relationship with drink or drugs. Whilst you start to catch glimpses of the negativity surrounding substance use, you are not ready to admit there is a growing problem.
Need to rethink…
Consequences of addiction build along with dissatisfaction with life. Negative situations take their toll, and problems become weightier. You start to think about the size of your problems, resetting what you consider acceptable, as they reach new heights. Sadly around 80% of all addicts never seek help and progress past this stage.
This is bad!
You have reached a critical point as your situation has become unbearable. You understand change is needed to stop further misery. Often deciding to change is the last remaining choices left, depending on the severity of the consequences of addiction. It is at this stage that help is sought.
Do or die
Change is needed to safeguard your future. Effort is required to learn healthier ways of thinking and behaving to support a life without drink and drugs. Over time, the effort required recedes, offset by the benefits of living in recovery and having improved mental and physical wellbeing, and increased levels of life satisfaction.
Give it your best
The end stage for successful recovery. To protect your future recovery, you live an authentic lifestyle. Self-awareness is key for continued growth. You evaluate your actions to ensure good conduct which keeps complacency at bay, promotes gratitude, and stimulates positive thinking that safeguards continued wellbeing.
If your recovery lifestyle is not upheld the danger zone is entered. Here complacency overrides pro recovery behaviour. You feel less inclined to be attentive to your recovery and old behaviours surface. The risk of relapse increases. It is in the danger zone that relapse will happen. All is not lost though, the knowledge and experience gained previously will help subsequent recovery attempts.