September 14th, 2022
September marks National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. It is so valuable that this month is dedicated to uplifting those in recovery and educating sober allies as recovery from a substance use disorder can be a long and arduous process.
While reading this piece you may be curious about your own relationship with drugs and alcohol. Perhaps your loved ones have expressed concerns about how you use substances or maybe you are experiencing consequences from your use.
When considering your relationship with substances, you may be experiencing a range of emotions possibly including fear, anger, curiosity, or shame. Your emotions are valid and may encourage you to consider if recovery is the right choice for you. Below are signs and symptoms that may indicate that engaging in recovery is something to pursue:
As you read over the above symptoms, you may be noticing your own experiences playing out which can feel scary. That feeling is valid, and know that if you choose to pursue recovery there are many communities of people ready and excited to provide support. Depending on the severity of your substance use, you may need specialized care.
To determine the level of support needed, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hotline can be contacted at 1-877-726-4727. They will connect you to a treatment provider who is local to you and who can assess your level of need. These providers will assess you and recommend treatment at the following levels of care:
When engaging in recovery, you may not need a medicalized treatment service, but that does not mean you will not need support. It has been said that the opposite of addiction is connection, which I find rings true. Pursuing recovery alone can be lonely and unfulfilling. Thankfully, the sober community is alive and thriving. Some excellent options for support groups include 12-Step Groups, Recovery Dharma, and SMART Recovery.
Know that if you do decide to pursue recovery, your unique journey will be what is best for you. Everyone’s experience of recovery is uniquely their own because it honors their story. Your journey will likely have peaks and valleys, but what is most important is that you take the first step.
This blog was written by Sarah Kelly, LCSW, CADC, who is currently leading Clarity Clinic's Early Recovery Support Group that meets every Tuesday from 7 pm to 8 pm. This group is offered via telehealth and provides a safe space to process the experiences that come with early recovery from addiction and learning to live life without substances. Follow the link below if you'd like to learn more:
At Clarity Clinic, we have highly trained staff who specialize in therapy and psychiatry services including addiction medicine psychiatrists. To learn more about how we can support your mental health and find a certified alcohol and drug counselor, call Clarity Clinic on (312) 815-9660 or schedule an appointment today.
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