Recovery is often described as a lifelong process rather than a one-time event. This is because substance use disorders are a chronic disease that affects the brain and can cause long-lasting changes in behavior. While it is possible to achieve sobriety and live a fulfilling life without drugs or alcohol, recovery does require ongoing effort and attention.
The early stages of recovery can be especially challenging, as individuals may experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings for drugs or alcohol. Over time, the intensity of these symptoms may decrease, but it is important to remain vigilant and seek support when needed.
Recovery often involves a combination of therapy, medication, support groups, and lifestyle changes. Ongoing treatment and support can help individuals develop the skills and tools they need to maintain sobriety and prevent relapse.
It is also important to remember that recovery is not a linear process. There may be setbacks along the way, but with the right support and resources, individuals can continue to make progress and build a fulfilling life in recovery.
KED reaches over 40,000 community members a year through its Face2Face Program. As a Recovery Warrior, you have the opportunity to impact your community by sharing your experience with substance use disorders and showcasing the strength and hope you now possess.