Curb The Crisis is dedicated to helping Virginia overcome its opioid addiction crisis. The epidemic of overuse, misuse, and overdose is causing tragic consequences for families and communities. But thousands of thriving Virginians are examples of the fact that recovery is possible for all.
Hope begins here.
Recovery, like life, can be a winding path, but for every curve that might seem a step back the next step can move you forward. Whether you’re the one starting a new life in recovery, or you know someone who is, you’ll find guidance in understanding the four major dimensions that strengthen recovery efforts, as outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
Recovery is the beginning of many things, not just an end to using. It is a step-by-step, day-by-day process that involves new ways of thinking, both for those going through recovery and the friends and family members affected by it. It’s a lifestyle as well as a choice: Some days may be harder than others, but practicing resilience — looking to peer mentors, friends, or healthcare providers for support — helps make it possible to take the next step on the path of recovery.
There are a number of ways to stay healthy on the ongoing journey of recovery. Remember, first, that setbacks aren’t permanent.
To avoid temptation, work with a healthcare team to know how to handle situations that trigger cravings, and how to avoid those people and places. Have a plan for when temptations arise — that is, know which friends or programs to contact for support or treatment. Embrace that support, and focus on the eight facets of life that SAMHSA describes that, together, create balance and can make you whole and fulfilled without drugs: emotional, social, occupational, financial, environmental, physical, intellectual, and spiritual.
Recovery is a lifelong process and staying opioid-free can be challenging, but these strategies for maintaining sobriety can help.