The duration of recovery from addiction

The duration of recovery from addiction

Like other chronic diseases, addiction can not be fully healed that is why the terms of treatment, change or evaluation are better to be used at the place of the term recovery.

The Word change here means the person having stopped doing drugs and been able to control crave. Inorder to carry on his life, the addict should face his problems without depending on drugs and alcohol, and he should also develop his abilities to deal with stress and negative emotions.

It is important for him to know the reasons behind and the elements that have contributed in addiction inorder to be able to face them properly without depending on drugs and alcohol. But in case therapy is interrupted, it can make the addict more addicted than he used to be and thus gets into the same old troubles.

Signs of recovery differ from one person to another and from a treatment phase to another.

Deprivation (withdrawal) phase (0-1 month) :

This is the hardest phase for the addict as he faces a lot of physical and psychological problems, so it is mostly characterised by mood swings.

Excitement phase (1-3 months) :

After the first month, the feeling of deprivation goes away and the patient starts to have less crave, which indicates that the patient is getting better so he feels as if addiction is now gone. During this phase, the patient starts feeling good as a lot of thing change for him especially when he resumes his Daily organised life and gets back to his old relations.

Boredom  phase (3-6 months) :

By the end of the third month, because of the organised life he has now, the patient starts to feel bored, tired and depressed, which might lead him to lose the excitement he used to have. After that, he starts missing the previous life and here we should understand his position and give him the enough support and help.

The new life phase (After 6 months) :

The patient goes through mood swings during the first six months but soon after he starts having new life style as he makes some new friends and starts to gets entertained easily.

In NP addiction treatment hospital of Istanbul, we have a lot of treatment techniques which summerize into:

  • Individual psychological therapy sessions
  • Addiction treatment’s group sessions
  • Interractive group sessions
  • Medication-based treatment
  • Deep magnetic simulation of the brain
  • Family education
Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Şubat 2021
Yayınlama Tarihi: 02 Temmuz 2019