Knowledge can empower you. We’ve all heard the saying, “ignorance is bliss,” but it isn’t true. “A devil exposed is a devil defeated” is more accurate. Addiction has a voice. It tells you, “You are alone in the struggle. Nobody understands what you are going through. You are hopelessly hooked.”
Denial of the problem or blaming everybody else keeps us in the darkness. You must arm yourself with knowledge and truth to overcome these lies. This doesn’t mean a formal education. This means to inform and equip yourself for the recovery journey ahead. The stigma related to addiction is rooted in misinformation and misunderstanding. Knowledge turns on the spotlight. It is important to understand the truth about addiction and recovery.
You may wonder:
- How does addiction work?
- Do people recover?
- What are my reasons for wanting to use?
- Why do I want to recover?
Knowledge in Recovery
A big part of treatment at Serenity Grove is education about addiction and recovery. We understand each client is a whole person, not just an addiction. Treatment focuses on education about addiction and recovery so we can help you deal with the following:
- Coping skills
- Recognizing and managing emotions.
Knowledge is important for those who have a loved one dealing with addiction. Many times the
family doesn’t understand why a person has a substance use disorder. Often the family wrongly views the addiction as a weakness, a lack of willpower, willful stubbornness, or a character flaw. When families arm themselves with knowledge about brain chemistry and physical dependency on substances, it helps them stop blaming and shaming. Then, healing can be the focus rather than anger and disappointment. Serenity Grove, a dual diagnosis treatment center in Athens, GA, offers family education utilizing the CRAFT model (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) as part of treatment.
Knowledge Is Power
What should I read, study, or learn?
- Education about medicines that perhaps have been prescribed.
- Effects of chemicals on the brain and how it affects the body.
- Nutrition and wellness. Many have been malnourished for a long time because of their addiction, so a healthy diet is very important.
- The importance of exercise in recovery. Our bodies have been abused and neglected, and need to regain strength and vitality through a new healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity.
- Social skills and relationship building (or repairing).
- Life skills.
- Relapse prevention and coping skills.
- Pain management.
- Communication skills.
Where can I go to gain knowledge and get education materials?
- Support groups are a great way to hear the story of others in recovery. This will build confidence and reinforce that you are not alone.
- Family support groups are crucial to the overall health of the family unit.
- You are reading this blog…that is a good start! Lots of resources are available in the public library about addiction and recovery. Online there are several tools, blogs, and educational videos.
- There are many podcasts about addiction that can turn your daily commute into a time of discovery.
- Most of all, you need a plan. Schedule a no-cost assessment at Serenity Grove that will result in treatment recommendations.
Learn About Addiction at Serenity Grove
There is no need to be in the dark. All the knowledge and information you need is right here at Serenity Grove. Contact us through our online form or by calling us at 844.904.3485 today. Phones are answered 24/7 by treatment professionals trained in treatment options, financial strategies, and insurance questions. We can help you find your way back to a life of sobriety and happiness.