The recovery process works best when there is a strong support system. This has been proven time and time again. People who have a good network of support are less likely to relapse and far more likely to keep along in their addiction treatment.
It’s still scary for people to tell others that they suffer from an addiction problem. There are so many negative opinions out there, and many still believe the stigma that the addict is the problem.
Sharing your addiction with people can change how they view you, so of course, it might be scary to come across this information. There are many people that you should be able to tell without judgment though. That way you know you’re safe and can be honest.
Obviously, it is important to tell your PCP, or primary care provider, about substance abuse issues you have had in the past or currently have. This way they can be appropriately informed when it comes to your health and know what is going on. It can also help them when it comes to any diagnoses they may have to make.
If you are one of the people who is using medication assisted treatment then you definitely need to tell your doctor. This is very important because medications used to treat addiction often can’t be mixed with other medications.
You never know what type of situations you may end up in. If you get into an accident and go to the ER, it is important to inform them of your history with substance abuse, or medication assisted treatment so they can take care of you appropriately.
Going to see a therapist, especially one who is specialized in alcohol use disorder or other substance-related disorders, can give many important benefits to your recovery. They are bound by law to keep all information confidential. You should feel safe to speak freely to them.
Above all things, therapists are paid to listen to you. They should listen to what you have to say about your life, your experiences, your problems, and your concerns. They are not there to pass judgment, only to interpret and offer advice or skills when necessary.
Being able to talk about your problems can help you decompress emotionally along with giving you a chance to feel safe. They can also offer behavioral therapy, including methods for managing addiction cravings, loneliness, and more.
Your Support Group
As stated above, a support group can be the most important component of your recovery. That is often why people in recovery join groups like Alcoholics Anonymous which follow the 12 steps of recovery.
These types of groups give you a chance to talk to other people who understand your experiences and can help make it possible for you to succeed. They offer insight and support that you could not get from people who have not been through the same things that you have.
Close Friends And Family
If your luck holds up, then the people you care about also care about you and want you to succeed. This means if you tell them about your problems you will receive the love and support that you need.
Choosing to confide in family or friends can be a good thing because then they know about your recovery. They can help hold you accountable when it comes to the whole process and keep you headed in the right direction.
The best part is that you don’t have to do this alone, and your family and friends can help you.