Some Quotes To Ponder During Recovery

Last Updated on June 20, 2022

Addiction is a chronic degenerative disease caused by sustained use of a substance, which often contains psychoactive elements. Addiction is a misunderstood disease because during the United States’ 50-year War on Drugs, first started by President Nixon in 1971, a misconception about the nature of addiction has spread. This misconception places the blame of the addiction on the patient and doesn’t acknowledge addiction as a disease, in addition to believing that an addict has to hit “rock bottom” before he can receive professional care at a facility, such as Nova Recovery Center.

The substances that cause addiction, be they opioids (like heroin) or stimulants (like cocaine), primarily act on the brain’s reward pathways and affect dopamine levels in the brain. Long-term drug use can affect individuals in two main ways that cause them to stay trapped in their addictions; it, in essence, rewires the brain and affects the decision-making capabilities and the modulation of inhibitions. It also increases the tolerance to the drug, leading to the user needing to take increasing amounts of the drug to feel the same effect and increasing the withdrawal effects they feel when they stop using the drug.

Addiction to substances is something that affects 53 million adult Americans a year. Despite this, the access to treatment is not evenly spread out and the aforementioned stigma toward addicts causes many of them to never reach out to loved ones or to a treatment center, like the Briarwood Detox Center. Even if they do want help, the road to recovery is not a straight line and it is not linear. However, a determined individual in the right plan has a good chance of recovery. If you are currently battling your recovery, here are 5 quotes to keep you going on your journey to a drug-free life.

5 Quotes to Keep You Going

“Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off.”– Demi Lovato

Recovery is an active effort that you have to be aware of every day you choose to not use the drug. While this might seem a little bit daunting, know that sobriety is not a destination you are getting to but rather a journey that transforms you.

“Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.”  – Aldous Huxley

There is a sense of shame that develops during addiction, but part of recovery is learning to accept responsibility and use our past experiences to be better in the future. You are not defined by your addiction.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Recovery is an extremely personal process and therefore, it is imperative that you let yourself recover at your own pace. There is no timeline on the journey to sobriety.

“Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it’s a trap.” – Tess Callahan

Drugs are often used to self-medicate other undiagnosed diseases or escape other factors of life. Rehabilitation, such as at Briarwood Detox Center, focuses on identifying these problems and developing new coping mechanisms and strategies so that drugs aren’t the only solution to these problems

Where Do I Turn For Help?

Potential lethal overdoses via unintended exposure to fentanyl can be avoided by educating both yourself and others about the drug and its risks and by seeking professional treatment for any existing addiction/s. Ending your own struggle with an ongoing addiction or supporting a loved one through their recovery process is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself or your loved ones from the dangers of fentanyl-laced prescription drugs. If you feel that you need help with an addiction and want to learn more about outpatient drug rehab in Austin, Texas, please call Nova Recovery Center at (888) 427-4932 or contact us online today.


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