The stages of addiction recovery vary depending on the individual and the specific substance or behavior they are trying to overcome. This article will discuss some common stages and setbacks that many people experience during the recovery process. It will showcase our philosophy on the stages of addiction recovery and how we utilize them for the individuals we treat.
The 5 Stages of Addiction Recovery
Addiction recovery is a process that typically involves five stages; each stage has unique challenges and rewards. Understanding these stages can ease expectations in your own recovery. It can also help you develop strategies for successfully navigating each stage.
Detoxification—or detox for short—is the first stage of addiction recovery, which involves physically withdrawing from the substance. The detox stage can be challenging as you may experience a range of withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, tremors, depression, and even seizures. These symptoms may be severe, and some may require medical intervention.
Detox can happen in a medical facility, where you are monitored by healthcare professionals. Some detox can also take place safely at home, with the support of family and friends. It is best to seek the advice of a medical professional regarding the location of your detox to make it as safe as possible. Different substances, the length of use, and the dosage all pose different challenges and potential dangers in the detox process.
#2. Early Recovery
The second stage of addiction recovery is the early recovery stage, which is characterized by the development of new coping mechanisms, the construction of a strong support system, and the deepening of a sense of hope.
In this stage, you may begin to attend support groups, such as 12-Step meetings, or choose to engage in therapy or counseling. You might also start to develop a sense of hope and optimism about the future. This stage can be challenging as you might still be struggling with cravings and even be tempted to return to substance use.
#3. Middle Recovery
Middle recovery is the third stage of addiction recovery. This stage is characterized by developing a new sense of self, new skills, and the beginning of the process of repairing relationships. In this stage, you might choose to explore new hobbies and interests. It’s possible you will begin to reconnect and repair relationships with family and friends.
Finally, you might also develop a higher sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Feelings of guilt and shame about past behavior present challenges in this stage and may necessitate leaning on the resources built up during early recovery.
#4. Late Recovery
The fourth stage of addiction recovery is called late recovery. This stage is characterized by developing a sense of stability and the ability to maintain recovery. Here, you may begin to feel a sense of stability in your life, and you might be able to maintain your recovery even in the face of stressors and triggers. Additionally, you may feel a sense of pride in your accomplishments, possibly choosing to give back to your recovery community by volunteering or mentoring others in recovery.
The final stage of addiction recovery is the maintenance stage, where you are able to maintain recovery in the long term. In this stage, you will begin to feel a sense of normalcy in your life. You will find yourself better able to maintain your recovery in the face of triggers and stressors, the ability you began to develop in late recovery. You will also feel a sense of pride in your accomplishments. As before, you may feel even more of a draw to give back to others by volunteering or mentoring others in your recovery community.
Addiction Recovery Is Different for Everyone
It’s important to note that the stages of addiction recovery are not always linear, and individuals may move back and forth between stages. The pace of recovery also varies from person to person. Additionally, not everyone will go through all these stages, and that’s normal. Each person’s recovery journey is unique and different.
It’s also necessary to acknowledge that addiction recovery is a lifelong process and that relapse can happen. Relapse is not a sign of failure but rather a part of the recovery process. That’s why it’s vital to seek help if you do relapse rather than engage in punitive thinking about yourself due to relapse.
Addiction Recovery at West Coast Recovery Centers
West Coast Recovery Centers adopts a holistic approach to addiction recovery that emphasizes the importance of addressing the physical, psychological, and social aspects of addiction. This philosophy is based on the understanding that addiction is a chronic disease that affects the whole person and that a comprehensive approach is necessary for lasting recovery.
Generally, treatment centers often use a combination of evidence-based therapies and holistic healing practices to help individuals in recovery to address the physical, psychological, and social aspects of addiction. This may include individual and group therapy, medication-assisted treatment, holistic therapies like yoga and meditation, and aftercare support to help individuals maintain their recovery in the long term.
This combination of treatments is true for WCRC. In fact, we offer addiction recovery support through all five stages of recovery, beginning with inpatient detox.
Your needs will determine at what stage of addiction recovery medical support is needed. The best way to discover this need as well as how to successfully treat it is to consult with a medical health professional. Again, depending on what substance you are using or for how long, you may need medical oversight during drug detox. To make the best decision for your health, research facilities like WCRC to find the one that best aligns with your recovery goals.
Addiction recovery is a complex process that typically involves several stages, each with its own unique challenges and rewards. Understanding these stages can help individuals in recovery to better understand what to expect and how to develop strategies for successfully navigating each stage. West Coast Recovery Centers adopts a holistic approach to addiction recovery that emphasizes the importance of addressing the physical, psychological, and social aspects of addiction at every stage of recovery. If you or someone you know is ready to recover from substance use, contact the professionals at WCRC for more information on our program and how we can best benefit you. Call us today at (760) 492-6509.