The recovering addict has left the rehabilitation center. Their body is now clear of toxins and their mind is ready to take on the world once again. This doesn’t mean the past is gone. It still has the potential to haunt this person.
Drug addiction is a powerful force for many stuck under its control. For example, narcotic painkillers bind to opiate receptors in the brain. Typically, these receptors are bound by special hormones called neurotransmitters. When drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin are used for a long period of time, the body slows down production of neurotransmitters. A decrease in neurotransmitters makes the body less effective at relieving pain on its own. Narcotic painkillers fool the body into thinking it already has enough transmitters. Without painkillers, the body must go through the painful process of learning how to heal naturally and re-learning how to produce the necessary neurotransmitters for the process.
Additional strife comes during the emotional journey of experiencing life without drugs. Before accepting the problem as something to be treated, it can be common for an addict to hurt the ones around them. For example, an addict might steal money or valuables from family members to fuel their habit. Having close ties to an addict can create feelings of sympathy which may lead to a loved one unknowingly enabling the addict’s destructive behavior. Likewise, a family member may feel guilty saying “no” to a relation if they ask for money or resources to fuel a bad habit. However, this kind of enabling not only perpetuates the addiction, but also strains relationships.
When a recovering addict looks back at these times, he or she might experience extreme guilt. The addict might think about the pain they have caused and wonder how they could ever make it right. Family members may perpetuate this train of thought,“guilt-tripping” the addict long after the incidents happened. In this case, it is essential for families to learn forgiveness of a recovering drug addict:
Here at Sovereign Health Group of Fort Myers, Florida, we know the importance of treating patients and supporting them after they leave the facility. If you or someone you know is dealing with a drug addiction and is prone to relapse, contact our admissions specialists via online chat or over the phone.
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