Recovering from addiction is a highly active process. It’s something the addict must participate in, not something done to them by others. While a full recovery process will require the assistance of others, perhaps the guidance of those who came before, particularly early in the process, ultimately it is something the recovering addict must take part in themselves to find success. And to do that, they need to know what they’re doing: they need education.
The power of education in recovery is vital, as only through empowering individuals through knowledge and being aware can they reach full recovery.
When entering rehab, an addict will likely know all too much about their addiction, but what they don’t know is how to leave it behind and find recovery. That’s where education comes in and it’s a key part of the process to instruct the patient in what they need to know to reach recovery.
During rehab and treatment sessions following rehab, the addict will go through many classes, therapy sessions, group meetings and other resources designed to help them overcome addiction, keep it at bay and learn to live in the world again without their addiction.
Throughout that process, education should be constant and cumulative, as the addict learns more and more about how to navigate the post-addiction landscape of their life and what that takes.
To overcome addiction, the recovering addict must know what addiction does to them and how to leave it behind, as well as learning to be aware of the challenges, pitfalls and other aspects of recovery they will face.
Education doesn’t always mean knowing a lot of dry facts and figures. An addict may not know the exact chemical reactions that led to their developing addiction, but they know the personal effects of addiction far better than any chemist could just from studying formulae.
In the same spirit, a recovering addict may not need to learn the exact therapeutic and psychological concepts behind their treatment, but they do need to be aware of the practical steps to take to fight addiction and keep it at bay during the recovery process and beyond.
This education can take many forms, from learning coping mechanisms from therapists to learning the treatment needs from doctors to learning about real-world applications of both from the former addicts who mentor the patient in group sessions during and after rehab treatment.
By focusing on education throughout treatment, the patient will emerge knowing all they need to remain sober and be aware of their needs to maintain their recovery.
At Good Landing Recovery, education is a key part of treatment to ensure the patient gets everything they need in the fight against addiction, including knowledge and awareness.
Ultimately, the power of education in recovery cannot be overstated. It is a vital part of the process of creating empowered individuals through the knowledge and awareness they gain through the treatment process and the education it contains.
To get such an education for yourself, give Good Landing a call today and start amassing the knowledge you need now.