Learning to Trust the Method in Treatment

Learning to Trust the Method in Treatment

Learning to trust the recovery process can be difficult at first but there is help as you go

When you first start treatment for abuse for drugs like Xanax, some of the terminology used and specific steps are likely going to be new to you. Instead of being overwhelmed by this, you can actually lean into the process by having an open mind and good attitude. According to Psychology Today, addiction is the search for emotional satisfaction—for a sense of security, a sense of being loved and even a sense of control over life.[1] This perspective explains why addiction is a lifelong journey. These are very deep-rooted emotions that take a lifetime to work through.

The good news is that science offers many different forms of treatment are very successful for those who struggle with substance abuse. For example, evidence shows that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has the power to systematically change faulty brain chemistry in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder patients. Thus mental training (e.g., meditation and ) can alter the brain chemistry and physically change the brain. Over time, a new way of thinking can become automatic and become second nature. The following are the foundations of recovery that apply to your situation no matter what the addiction:

Remember You Are Not Thinking Clearly at First

When you first enter treatment, in many cases you still are not yourself. You may not be drunk or high, but your brain is chemically dependent on some form of drug or addictive behavior. As you go through the withdrawal process and your body gets the drugs out of your system in the detox process, you will start to feel better. In many cases, the first week is the most challenging. You could experience many different withdrawal symptoms from lack of drugs like Xanax. Some of these symptoms may include anxiety, poor sleep habits, extreme depression, poor appetite, fatigue, trembling, cramping, diarrhea, stroke, seizure and more. When you go through withdrawal, it is very likely that you will question the entire recovery process. It is normal to want to use again. Your brain is deceiving you. It is in staying with the process that you will be able to feel better in the long-term.

You Cannot Rely on Only Your Willpower

You must have others surrounding you and supporting you in your recovery. This is why group therapy is such an important part of treatment. The other individuals who also struggle with substance abuse know specifically how you feel. There is no need to hide or act like you are someone else. You are there for the same reason, and you can develop deeper relationships with these group members than you can with many other people. It is very likely that whatever you say you are feeling is not going to surprise this group. In many cases, the other members could be thinking the exact same thing. You can find accountability and support through each other and you can even help other individuals.

Talk Therapy Is a Great Way to Talk Through Your Problems

In most cases, psychotherapy is another key part of treatment. You talk with a therapist or counselor and discuss different parts of your life, including your substance abuse. Through the process the therapist asks you questions and provides you with valuable insight that can even help you learn some of the mindset as to why you participate in substance abuse. You can also learn what some of your triggers are that make it much more likely for you to want to do drugs again. You can discuss specific steps that will help you move forward and even replace bad behavior with healthy behavior. As you continue to participate in therapy, you will find that you become more self-aware in your decisions and in your mental state.

Know That Recovery Is a Lifelong Process

Recovery is not going away for a month or two and then you are no longer addicted to drugs like Xanax. Rather, you must continue to participate in treatment that is often called aftercare. This means still attending support groups, going to a therapist and also forming a support group that can hold you accountable. A support group is made up of friends, family and possibly a sponsor that you can contact when you are facing challenging times and thinking about using again.

Remember, the recovery process does not stop. It is a continual work in progress. There will be times when you struggle and even slip up. However, if you continue to stick with the process, you will find that you can reshape your life. If you are struggling with substance abuse and have any questions about the recovery process, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. We have trained professional counselors that are ready to help. They will listen to your situation and answer all of your questions to help you live a better life.


[1] https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201009/addiction-in-society-blinded-biochemistry Addiction in Society: Blinded by Biochemistry. Peele, Stanton. Published on September 1st, 2010.

[2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/science-choice/201602/why-old-habits-die-hard Why Old Habits Die Hard. Heshmat, Shahram. Published on Feb 1st, 2016.

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