Alcohol and illicit substances play a major role in deaths of over 90,000 Americans every year. The disease affects the addicted as well as their loved ones. Drugs and alcohol become the only focus of the addict’s life. The family’s focus shifts to the addict, redefining family roles and relationships.

There is a push for treatment as a way to overcome addiction. Unfortunately, many individuals do not understand that when an individual stop utilizing alcohol and drugs, it does not mean that recovery has been achieved. It also does not equate to the identified individual never using or drinking again.

What Exactly is Addiction?

When the use of substances becomes chronic and leads to relapse, it is time to consider that there may be an associated addiction disorder. Addiction encompasses compulsive behaviors which affect the brain both short-term and long-term. The DSM-V considers this disease a mental disorder that requires help, treatment, support, and maintenance to overcome. $740 billion is spent annually due to addiction aspects: healthcare, delinquency, and vanished productivity.

Some symptoms of addiction include:

  • Taking the substance in larger quantities, or over a longer period of time, than planned on
  • Tenacious longing and unsuccessful attempts to cut down the use
  • A major amount of time is spent in attaining, engaging in, and recuperating from the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Overwhelming desire to use an identified substance, regardless of weighing out how dangerous the situation is
  • The use interferes with education, occupation, home life and/or interpersonal life, encourages legal problems, and can amplify psychological or physical difficulties
  • Increased tolerance to the substance and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not used for an extended period of time
  • Getting high or drunk is not the main goal of use; the purpose is to not feel “sick” from being without the substance

Transitioning from Sobriety to Recovery

The Opposite of Addiction is Not Just Sobriety

Quitting alcohol and drugs does not necessarily mean the addict has achieved sobriety. Recovery is more than just a sober lifestyle. Some major components which support recovery include:

  • Health: Make decisions that encourage healthy physical and mental wellbeing. This may include nutritional aid, getting treatment for underlying physical and mental health conditions, good sleep hygiene, and physical cleanliness.
  • Home: Allow yourself to have an area that is all your own. Make sure your home is one in which you feel secure and protected.
  • Purpose: Schedule daily activities that provide you with a sense of meaning. This requires you to have the freedom, finances, and resources to be a part of everyday society.
  • Community: Find healthy, sober support systems that provide you with a sense of friendship, optimism, and love. This group can include 12-Step members as well as sober family and friends.

Your First Step

Seeking out trained professionals is your best option to aid in helping you or your loved one to begin a sober lifestyle. From there, you can work towards recovery. Located in Burns, Tennessee, Discovery Place has professionally skilled individuals who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help guide individuals toward a lifestyle free of alcohol, opiates, cannabis, and other illicit substances. Our alternative treatment center offers various alternative treatment programs. Call us today at 1-800-725-0922.

Testimonials

  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
    Alumni
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
    Alumni
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
    Alumni
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
    Alumni
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
    Alumni
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham
    Alumni

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