No Hope of Recovery – Why So Many Who Struggle with Addictions Feel this Way
Many people who struggle with addictions worry that they have no hope of recovery. They feel like they will always be stuck in the same cycle of using or drinking, trying to quit, doing okay with it, and then going back to their old habits. It often feels like things just never change for those that struggle with addictions, and this can be a really tough way to have to live.
If the addiction itself doesn’t make a person crazy and drag them down, then the lack of hope will do just that and more eventually. See, people need hope, and as long as a person can hold out the belief that when they are ready they can get better, they can keep going.
As soon as a person goes through treatment and goes back to their old ways, or does really great in recovery for a while only to relapse, they begin to lose hold of the hope that they will ever enjoy a successful recovery. Too many times of this, and it begins to feel like the normal.
Lack of Hope Leads to Depression – Depression Causes Despair
Any time that you’re experiencing a lack of hope that a negative situation will improve, you begin to become depressed. What many people don’t realize is that hope drives us in all aspects of our lives It is what allows us to build dreams and goals. So when hope is gone, it is natural to become depressed.
Depression makes overcoming an addiction exceptionally difficult because there are times that this creates a dual diagnosis situation. Other times, while the depression that a person struggling with an addiction might not need to be treated as a dual diagnosis, it is still a situation that should be monitored and treated with care.
Most importantly is the fact that when a person becomes depressed because of their addiction and the belief that they will never be able to overcome it, they are much less likely to embrace the possibility of addiction treatment of any kind. In fact, even the thought of trying to overcome this addiction can become a subject that is just never mentioned.
When a person feels unrelieved depression for long periods of time, it can become despair, and these are the times that we begin to worry about things like suicide and self-harm. Many people who struggle with addictions and feel that they will never overcome them begin to feel despair. Many of those who begin to experience these feelings actually wind up taking their own lives.
What Makes People Who Battle Addictions Feel Like they Have No Hope of Recovery?
We often don’t understand what might make a person who struggles with an addiction feel like they will never recover. We don’t see why they can’t just stop using or drinking, after all, most of us can stop things when we want to.
The fact is that most of us don’t understand what it’s like to be addicted to something. You’ve got it hitting you on two fronts. You know it’s not good for you, but your body needs it. You get sick without it. You can’t think, you can’t function, and your body hurts so bad you feel like you’re dying.
Then, to make matters worse, you’re emotionally hooked on it. You can’t imagine life without it. You’re sad, mad, and feeling pretty desperate. It’s a bad breakup and you’re ready to get back together.
Now, most of us think that this sounds like no real big deal. You get through it, right? The thing is that not everyone who has to go through detox does make it through. In fact, in some cases, without medical assistance, people can die when they go through detox. Of course, it depends on how severe your addiction is, and what you’re addicted to, but going through withdrawal symptoms is no laughing matter.
Most people don’t make it through this tough time on their own without relapsing. Unless, of course, they are incarcerated. Even then, it is still possible to get a hold of certain substances to make it through, and many people do.
So, imagine if you found out that you couldn’t even make it through detox. How would you feel about your chances for a successful recovery journey? It gets daunting.
For those who do make it through detox and actually put in some time in addiction treatment, the fall can feel even harder, and the desperation and depression can become even worse. When you’re trying to get clean and sober, it’s a hard fall to go back to getting high or drunk. Especially when you think about how hard you’ve been working to avoid it.
When it becomes a cycle, and relapses continue to happen no matter how much work a person puts into overcoming an addiction, people really start to lose hope of kicking their habits and changing their lives.
Changing the Way We Do Recovery
If this sounds like you or your loved one, it might be time to change the way that you’re doing recovery. Maybe it’s time to take another look at the addiction treatment program you’re working on. For example, if you are trying to go to meetings and a weekly therapy session, maybe you need to take a good look at a residential rehab.
If you’re the type that has been trying to make step based rehab work for you, and just can’t wrap your head around it, it might be time to start working on something different without steps.
If you go to rehab and then just assume that you’re recovered, but don’t take steps to maintain a sober lifestyle, then it might be time to start making use of the aftercare program that your rehab offers. You pay for it, so why not use it?
The point is, that for many people who believe that they have no hope for recovery, you can’t succeed if you keep doing the things that don’t work. Instead, by taking measures to change what doesn’t work for your recovery, you might just find that you stop a potential relapse in its tracks and make great strides toward boosting your overall success.
Filtering Out What Doesn’t Work and Creating a Successful Recovery Program
So, how do you go about filtering out the things that don’t work for your recovery journey? More importantly, how do you put a bunch of things in place that help your recovery journey? Sometimes, we don’t really know what we’re looking for. Things we think are really helping actually don’t quite hit the mark, and the things that we think don’t help might if we give them a good, fair shot.
Sometimes, when it feels like there’s no hope for recovery, we just need to sit down and figure out what we really need to feel connected to overcoming our addiction. Often, it’s the decision to make the commitment to living a recovering lifestyle, and then finding a treatment program that actually makes us want to live clean that makes all the difference in the way we see our addictions.
If you’re stuck, or your loved one seems stuck, the first step in gaining hope for recovery is to find a great addiction treatment program. We can help. When you give us a call, our caring and understanding addiction counselors will make every effort to find the right rehab match for your needs.
No matter if you’re dealing with a dual diagnosis, repeat relapses, or need other types of special treatments, you should know there are so many treatment options out there today that you probably haven’t even heard of.
If you think rehab is just like a mental hospital, think again. Today’s rehab experience is fun. It’s life-changing. It helps you to get to the root of your addiction so that you can really enjoy a successful, healthy recovery.
Oh, and even better is the fact that lots and lots of rehabs accept many different kinds of insurance. So, you might just find that your stay in a treatment facility is almost completely covered. So, all you really need to do is choose a place, check in, and get started getting clean and sober.
Yes, it’s scary, but you can do this. You know that if you want to have any hope of recovery, you need to start somewhere. You probably even know that rehab can and will work if you find the right one, and even if you don’t, what have you got to lose?
Don’t keep spending your life with no hope of recovery. Don’t resign yourself to the waste of life that your addiction can create. Don’t let yourself and your life be another something lost that your loved ones ache over for the rest of their lives. Do this for you. Do this for your loved ones. Get your hope – and your life – back today.