In today’s world, with modern technology as advanced as it is now, there are several different resources available to those struggling with addiction.
Of course, the best route for addiction recovery is a treatment facility, however, there are a few other tools out there that are designed to help you along the way, encourage you to do better, and help keep you accountable.
When it comes to addiction recovery, there is almost no such thing as too much support or too much help. There will always be those weak moments where you feel as though you can’t continue, therefore it is important to have several avenues for support, help, and accountability.
One group of tools out there to help you beat addiction is mobile apps that can be accessed via your smartphone or even your tablet.
A few useful apps you might want to look into downloading while you are in recovery include:
Sober Grid.This app allows you to find, chat, and meet up with other people who are also in recovery. Using your smartphone’s GPS capabilities, the app will search to locate other people near you using the app. However, you can choose to remain anonymous.
Quit ThatJust like with any type of progress, you should always be keeping track of yourself. This holds you accountable and ensures that you consistently meet your goals. This app will track the progress you have made from quitting anything – from coffee to heroin. So, once you have quit your drug of choice, you can continue to use it to reach your next addiction recovery goal.
recoveryBox Addiction Recovery ToolboxIf you have a spouse, parent, friend or anyone who is consistently tracking your progress with you, this app is a great tool to help out. Each day you put what you did in the app and it will flag it either as green, yellow, or red. The colors deem the activity as a good behavior, a warning behavior, or an acting out behavior. Then, at the end of each day, the information is sent to whoever is keeping you accountable.
Addiction recovery is hard enough in itself. Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it can also take a village to help someone recover from addiction.
During your recovery, it is important that you not only rely on God and your family and friends but that you also find other forms of accountability to ensure you have the best success you can.
When it comes to addiction – whether it be drug or alcohol addiction – the first step to recovery is often just admitting that you need help with recovery.
One problem many addicts around the world face is the “do it myself” mentality. As someone struggling with addiction, it can be hard to admit that you need help. It can also be much easier to think that you can do it yourself as a way to escape letting anyone else know that you even have a problem.
However, there are several great resources out there that will help you recover will benefit your physically, mentally and spiritually. The support of a great group of Christian people who know what you are dealing with can make all the difference.
By trying to do it alone, you lose the sense of community and you lose the accountability of other people.
So, if you are struggling with addiction, how is it time to know you need to get help with addiction recovery?
The cold, hard truth is that around 22.7 million individuals need treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, yet less than 1 percent each year will receive the help they need.
Here are a few tell-tale signs it is time to seek addiction recovery help:
You experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the drug of choice.Experiencing withdrawal symptoms is a sign of true addiction, therefore a sign that it is time for addiction recovery.Withdrawal symptoms can include cramps, insomnia, nausea, paranoia, and irritability, among others. These symptoms are how the addiction strengthens its hold, so it is important to get help.
Your doctor has advised you of health issues related to your addiction.Once your addiction is negatively affecting your health so much so that it heads your doctor’s warning, it is time to get some help – for those around you and for your well-being. Otherwise, the addiction really could kill you.
Your friends and family have begun to notice and are asking you to get help.If your addiction is beginning to affect those around you then it really is becoming a problem. If those around you are asking you to get help, then that means they believe that a professional needs to intervene – not them or just you alone.
You have harmed yourself or others while under the influence.Don’t let your addiction take your life or the life of another person – get help.
You have been trying to quit but have failed to do so for any extended period of time.This sign might be the most important one. If you have been trying but aren’t succeeding, it should be obvious you need professional help as you cannot do it on your own.
Addiction is a topic most people tend to avoid – especially the addict themselves.
Oftentimes, addiction is associated with negative connotations such as anger, depression, and anxiety. It is also associated with other negative events such as ended relationships or lost loved ones.
However, an important step in the process of addiction recovery is talking. It is important both in the recovery of the addict themselves and those affected that everyone involved openly discusses the issue, experiences, and most importantly – the recovery.
So, in dealing with the process of addiction recovery, there are plenty of questions presented by those affected that get left unanswered.
Some people are unsure of what to ask, others are just simply afraid to ask it.
When addressing addiction recovery, here are a few of those common questions you might be afraid to ask a recovering addict during their addiction recovery process:
Why do you think you became an addict?Whether it is drugs or alcohol – there is something that opened up the door to addiction for each person.
What do you miss the most about being an addict?This question oftentimes is most beneficial for the addict themselves. Typically, once they have recovered there will be very few things they miss about addiction. Their new life is much better, so this question helps remind them of that.
What has your addiction forever destroyed?Sometimes reality is hard – and the reality of addiction is very hard. However, in overcoming what they have lost throughout addiction, it is important to address it – don’t let it be the elephant in the room.
It might be a relationship lost that could be mended and by discussing it, that could be the first step to mending it.
Do you have other means of intoxicating yourself now?They might have a new “high” that is actually healthy, such as running or reading. Inquire about what they are doing now and find out how you can enjoy the activity together, or at least promote the continuance of it.
Who did you hurt most with your addiction?This can really be an eye-opener and yet again another opportunity to mend a broken relationship.
When it comes to addiction recovery, it is all about balance. It also takes continuous improvement to truly overcome it. As someone in your life is recovering from addiction, ask them the tough questions. Dig deeper and find out what they are still struggling with.