Addiction Is Treatable

Addiction Is Treatable


If you were diagnosed
with a serious disease, you would immediately look for
the most advanced and effective treatment plans
available to you. You would ask questions
of specialists and doctors and change your
diet and exercise so that you could recover sooner. To overcome the
disease of addiction, most people need
treatment as well. Doing it on your own
might not be enough. Whatever addiction
you are battling, the first step in recovery
is to put your trust in God. He will support you
in your recovery. Know that He is there and that
He cares about your struggle. Everyone’s situation
is different, so treatment and recovery
plans should be different too. There are many
options available, but first consider getting an
evaluation from a health care professional. He or she can suggest options
that are best for you. Mental disorders such as
depression and anxiety often coexist with
substance abuse, so they should be treated
along with the addiction. Medications are often
an important part of addiction treatment,
especially when combined with counseling and
other behavioral therapies. There are residential programs
and intensive inpatient or outpatient plans that can
help with a holistic recovery and lifestyle change. Detoxification is only the first
stage of addiction treatment, and it isn’t the solution for
long-term substance abuse. Effective treatments
will address multiple physical
and emotional needs, not just the actual addiction. Remaining in treatment
for adequate time to heal is also critical. Even after treatment, many
people need long-term support. Recovery maybe a
lifelong process, but it will be worth it. If you or someone you love
has a problem, get help. Want to learn more
about addiction? Find help at
addictionrecovery.lds.org.

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