Interesting Facts That You Need To Know With Regards To Recovery From Alcohol And Drug Addiction
When it comes to recovery from addiction, not matter what it is, may it be from smoking, alcohol or drugs, is considered as an ongoing process that, theoretically, never ends, however, even though that is the case, it is still suggested by experts that the said process should be approached incrementally, one day at a time. You can say that the one day at a time, time increment is the preferred and the suggested time increment by many experts when it comes to approaching the process of recovering from addiction however, you also need to know that in some cases, a smaller time increment is needed such as one hour at a time, among other smaller time increments.
Although this kind of approach is considered to be very effective and very successful when it comes to reducing the despair caused by viewing the process as something that is lifelong and arduous, it is still very important to include elements of long-term, strategic and anticipatory thinking in the recovery process.
There is no need for anyone who are taking the one hour at a time smaller time increment approach as this does not conflict with the one day at a time model however, just like with ant overall plan of action, this adds the element of directed goal-seeking and anticipation of personal gain to the equation.
With regards to alcohol and drug addiction, the active behavior that greatly influence this is the short-term thinking. Short-term, oftentimes considered as immediate, goals are being set and though there is a big possibility that these goals may be pursued vigorously, the long term consequences that may come together with it are frequently ignored or neglected. Furthermore, there also goes the fact that the dominant short-term thinking often crowds out consideration of possible longer term rewards that would accrue from the productive behaviors.
The observation of many people and experiences of those who have been addicts in the past all shows that unusual behavior of addicts such as doing anything they want to do, even taking extreme steps so that they will be able to acquire and ensure the availability of drugs for their use. Speaking of taking extreme steps, this actually refers to criminal acts that should never be done by sane individuals which includes the following: robber, deceit, manipulation and any other forms of heinous act that breaks the law.
If a drug addict or an alcoholic wanted to change themselves for the better, there are lots of different ways for them to do so and one good example of it is the incremental approach model that we have made mentioned above. But then again, all of these processes of recovery will not become successful and effective unless the addicts themselves want to commit to recovering from the kind of life that they are living.