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How Long Will It Take Until I Feel Normal?

Recovery is a process that addresses and treats every aspect of addiction. We commence on a path of healing and growth of our mind, body, and spirit, and it may take some time until we begin feeling better. There are also a variety of physical and mental health factors that must be addressed in treatment and recovery. We may continue to feel the effects of Post-Acute Withdrawal, or symptoms that persist for some time after detox, and heal at different rates depending on the severity of our addiction and the substances we were using.

The question of how long it will take to feel normal depends on what normalcy means to use. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one.” Addiction and alcoholism cause major physical changes in the brain that negatively effect our mental, physical, and spiritual health. We never return to the normalcy we felt before sobriety. Instead, we create a new sense of normalcy: a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety that we never thought possible.

The most effective way to begin the shift to a new and happy state of being in sobriety is through treatment and recovery programs. Behavioral therapies in treatment are designed to change the deeply embedded behaviors that resulted from living in active addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “Behavioral treatments help engage people in substance use disorder treatment, modifying their attitudes and behaviors related to drug use and increasing their life skills to handle stressful circumstances and environmental cues that may trigger intense craving for drugs and prompt another cycle of compulsive use. Behavioral therapies can also enhance the effectiveness of medications and help people remain in treatment longer.” Recovery programs work in coordination with therapy and treatment to address the spiritual aspects 12-Step Recovery focuses on experiencing a spiritual awakening that appears in the nature of “huge emotional displacements and rearrangements,” causing a shift in our ideas, emotions, and attitudes. We never return to the normalcy of the pain and suffering of active addiction and spiritual sickness. We redefine what a “normal life” means to us, and it becomes one of happiness, serenity, and spiritual growth.

You can discover a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House in Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with knowledgeable professionals who understands the toll addiction can take on the mind, body, and spirit, and are determined to address all aspects of substance dependency to bring you to a state of wholeness that supports long-term sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431