By Chris Farni
3 Reasons Why Recovery is Worth It
Having a substance abuse disorder should not be perceived as being weak. Like any other illness, addiction requires more than just willpower to prevail over it. As studies have shown, long-term abuse causes specific changes in the brain, which lead to the development of cravings and compulsive substance use. As a result, sobriety then seems like an unattainable goal, and the fear of relapse and failure makes it harder and more daunting to attempt it.
However, one thing that one should always bear in mind is that even when the feeling of hopelessness is constant, recovery is never out of reach. With the right attitude, motivation and support, sobriety is absolutely attainable. The road to recovery, in most cases, is pretty bumpy, but what really matters is not giving up.
“Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.” – Marta
What could be the reasons to motivate someone to attempt recovery?
Substance abuse often is the major reason of an addict finding themselves in a vicious circle of physical and mental torment. People with an addiction problem are at risk of the whole bunch of physical illnesses including heart disorders, pancreatitis, various types of cancer, stomach ulcer, necrosis of lungs, and so on. Moreover, substance use may trigger or intensify mental disorders like anxiety, mood swings, schizophrenia, depression, etc.
Therefore, when making the decision to recover, the addict’s major goal should be a desire to get back physically and emotional stability.
“Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.” – Publilius Syrus
Substance abuse not only hurts the addict, but puts a lot of stress and pressure on family and friends as well. Constant misbehaving and arguments become a regular day-to-day thing for such people, cause even more stress in the person’s life resulting in even more self-harm.
Therefore, a huge motivation to sober-up or give-up drugs can be a realization of the value for the dearest people in the addicts life. This eagerness to not let the family come to pieces becomes a driving force.
“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” – Joyce Meyer
It is a very common myth that drugs or alcohol can enhance performance at work, or make someone more creative and motivated. However, this is completely delusional thought as the negative effects of long term drug use likely overcome any temporary benefits of gains . In fact, substance abuse directly leads to lower performance and attention spun, constant unexcused absences at a workplace, decreased chances of getting a promotion, or even being fired.
Therefore, the desires of great career prospects, good reputation, and financial security should open up the eyes of an addict to a necessity of recovery and self-care.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes to us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne