Arguably, one of the most challenging aspects of addiction recovery is the immense lifestyle changes an individual must attain to reap the rewards of sobriety. Change is never easy because it seems to never come when we are prepared. But change for recovering individuals may be even more difficult because they are aware that these changes must be made and purposefully must take action to make sure of said changes. Those who seek to live a successful and profitable life in recovery must embrace change before they make the dedication to sobriety.

The Pain of Change

A big hurdle for individuals who attend addiction treatment is change. When an individual cannot accept the process of change throughout addiction treatment, they are less likely to gain the healing and open up to the knowledge they need to learn throughout treatment. Without change, an individual in treatment is held back, which is why it is so important for them to see the need for change. Some reasons why individuals find change difficult in recovery includes:

  • They simply do not see the need for change, therefore, they do not wish to change.
  • They are afraid of the unknown that change brings to life.
  • They would rather not change and stick with what they know than gamble with change.
  • The change proposed does not seem comforting to the individual.
  • They have an automatic negative reaction to change because they are opposed to others’ demands.

The Benefits for Those who Embrace Change in Recovery

Sure, change is unknown territory, but is the unknown always a bad thing? Life is constantly moving and changing; change is the way of the world and part of each life. If a person never changed, they would remain the same their whole lives and never grow or learn. Change is necessary to receive any benefit to life, and the same goes for addiction recovery. If an individual does not learn to embrace change recovery brings, they are setting themselves up for immediate failure. But, those who do understand and embrace change in treatment, the benefits are plentiful. Change throughout recovery is important because:

  • Addictive behaviors need to change to become successful throughout sobriety.
  • Addiction recovery is a process and not a switch that is flipped. It takes growth and development to discover the benefits of recovery.
  • Staying in one place does not encourage the learning of knowledge needed for successful recovery.
  • The lifestyle of addiction is a cycle that must be broken through change. Without change, an addict is doomed to remain within the cycle of addiction.

How to Embrace Change throughout Recovery

Individuals who may fear change throughout recovery must first understand the importance of change so that they are more willing to adapt to it. Fortunately, individuals with a fear of change can learn to accept change so that they can benefit from it.

  • Accept that change is a vital part of the recovery process before even enrolling into addiction treatment. This will set you up for success from day one.
  • Work on self-esteem throughout recovery so that you are more encouraged by the potential benefits that change may bring. Self-esteem exercises may include yoga, individualized therapy, and meditation exercises.
  • Express your thoughts and worries about change that recovery brings to yourself in written form. Expression is key to the acceptance of change.
  • Realize that the past equals addiction, and that your decision to walk down the path of recovery is walking away from the consequences of those addictive behaviors. Once you are open to change, you are open to leaving your addiction in your past.

Embrace Change through Addiction Treatment

Ready to embrace change in your life by overcoming your addiction with alcohol or drug treatment? The Discovery Institute can help you embrace the change needed in your life to overcome your addiction and live a life free from its hold! Visit our website to check our many programs and services available to all individuals who choose to enroll at our facility. Have any questions about our programs, facility, or services? Give us a call today to talk to an addiction admissions specialist for a confidential conversation to answer any questions you may have at 888-616-7177.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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