Sustaining sobriety requires more than just cessation of drug and/or alcohol use.
Sobriety requires self-care and diligent self-honesty. If we don’t take steps toward identifying the underlying emotional disturbance, our addiction can shapeshift, leading us to substitute one addiction for another.
According to a report released in 2016 by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States; in 2015, 52,404 overdoses resulted in death.
Considering these statistics, it is vital to know the warning signs of addiction.
Some people need medically assisted treatment for detoxification when they enter recovery. The sudden absence of substances can have physiological effects on the body. While detoxing facilitates clearing the body of these substances under medical care, it does not address the underlying issue of addiction. I never needed to go to detox when I quit drinking and using drugs but I did need to address the many catalysts that led to my addiction. I chose a 12-step program right from the get-go.