Reforming Your Life:  Recovery is not Just an Option, It’s a Vital Choice

Are you battling addiction? The decision to try and take back control of your life can be overwhelming at first. Understanding the many benefits of recovery, however, can strengthen your determination to find and stick with a treatment program.

Here’s a look at recovery’s profound effects on the quality of the rest of your life.

Recovery affects all of your relationships

Relationships with family, friends and co-workers are almost always strained by an addiction. Whether the addiction is to an activity, such as video gaming, or to a substance, like alcohol, it can cause you to isolate yourself, neglect your spouse and children, or fail to meet your responsibilities at work.

Recovery cannot change the past if all of these negative impacts have already taken place. What the process of recovery can do, however, is teach you how to move on in a positive way and work on rebuilding your relationships.

Recovery lowers your risk of STDs and STIs

There is a long established connection between drug use and the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs and STIs). The link is often attributed to the sharing of contaminated needles and the fact that drug users are more likely to indulge in risky sexual behaviors.

The recovery process, on the other hand, involves making wise lifestyle choices, including in your sex life. Furthermore, with recovery, needle sharing is no longer an issue. Both of these immediately reduce your chances of contracting an STD or STI.

Recovery makes you healthier

Addiction of any kind wreaks havoc on both your physical and mental health. For instance, addiction to alcohol affects every organ in your body, and addiction to exercise can cause you to workout despite being injured. Also, your focus on satisfying your addiction makes you less concerned about nutrition, personal hygiene, and social interactions.

Recovery makes you more aware of these ill effects and increases your resolve to live a healthier life in every respect. When it comes to the health effects of each particular type of addiction, the more information you have, the better you are able to fight it.

Recovery helps you regain your sense of purpose

Addiction, in all its forms, can rob you of the ability to achieve your full potential as it consumes your time, money and energy. Your skills go undeveloped and your talents remain unexplored as the addiction takes center stage in your life.

In contrast, recovery makes you more inclined to explore professional development and higher studies. Additionally, many persons going through recovery find it helpful to take up a hobby or learn a new skill.  Others discover that volunteering with worthy causes provides the sense of purpose they need to fill the void created by leaving their addiction behind.

The path to recovery can sometimes seem quite dark and lonely – with the temptations of addiction beckoning to you at every turn. An important first step on your journey is realizing the crucial role recovery plays in building your new life after addiction.

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