Barriers to Recovery

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When addiction recovery is achieved, there is still much work to be done. Even if the drug or alcohol usage has stopped, relapse is likely unless the underlying causes for the addiction are unearthed and acknowledged by the individual. How did the person become addicted in the first place? The answer is, of course, complex. The Hopes Gate Staff is skilled in identifying the factors contribute to the likelihood of addiction, as well as on educating the recovered addict on the circumstances that caused him/her to use drugs and alcohol in the first place.

Recovered addicts often feel uncomfortable or dissatisfied when rejoining their former lives. They feel something is missing and perhaps another form of addiction will fill the void. A person may become a workaholic, become obsessed with sex or the internet, overeat or otherwise attempt to replace the former means of escape that drugs or alcohol provided.

Other barriers to recovery have their foundation in ideas, beliefs and emotional responses that are, or are not, culturally and socially acceptable. The stresses of societal or family situations that enticed a person to find relief in drugs or alcohol will be lying in wait for the recovered addict’s release from treatment. Hopes Gate not only teaches coping skills, but also emphasizes the necessity for a person to become a whole new person.

A person with an addictive personality or one who has overlapping mental health problems, presents additional barriers to tackle. No matter what the situation, Hopes Gate is here to help.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”   Henry David Thoreau

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