Last updated: 05/6/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has “delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery.” A person who is able to gain support from all four of them dimensions will likely have the strongest possible recovery, although each can help pick up the slack for other factors. Still, if you can receive encouragement and assistance from each of these four, your recovery is likely to be easier, stronger, and more beneficial to your overall wellness.
Number One: Health
“Making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being” is paramount to your recovery. Many individuals require physical treatment for issues caused by their addictions, as well as for mental disorders and other psychological problems that, in many cases, may have helped lead to the addiction in the first place. Comorbid disorders are extremely common for drug-addicted individuals, and these must be treated simultaneously with the addiction or the individual will not be able to safely recover from their substance use disorder. A person will need to be the healthiest they can possibly be, in all ways, in order to recover fully from their addiction.
Number Two: Home
It is necessary for an individual to have a stable and safe home in order to recover fully from their addiction. If they are not living in a space where they feel safe and comfortable, they will be more likely to relapse back to drug abuse. Treatment centers can help with this, especially residential programs where patients stay overnight, and some individuals may choose to live at a sober home or a halfway house because they understand the need for structure and safety during this part of their recovery.
Number Three: Purpose
A person who has purpose in their life will be less likely to relapse, as they will understand the need for recovery and will want to go through whatever it takes in order to do so. “Conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society” can give an individual purpose so they can remember their need to continue on down the right path every time their recovery becomes difficult.
Number Four: Community
Family is an incredibly important part of the community an individual needs in order to recover from addiction, but this is not the only necessary type of relationship. Friends, coworkers, healthcare professionals, and individuals in support groups or group therapy can also be extremely helpful in creating a supportive community for the individual. Through this dimension, individuals receive love, trust, support, and most importantly, hope. Knowing that your loved ones are there for you and that they are supporting your desire to get sober and make a positive change in your life will allow you to remember why you have made this choice and that you are not only doing it for yourself but for your loved ones as well.