Many people struggling with recovery fail because they do so for the wrong reasons. If you are ordered by the court, or do so to fulfill some explanation by family members or a loved one, your motivation might not be as authentic and therefore will cause you difficulties in the long run.
People struggling with addiction will have more success if they do so for the right reasons, includes knowing the benefits of recovery.
Here are a few of those benefits:
• Reduced drug use- including complete abstinence, using the substance less frequently, using a smaller amount of the substance in general and per instance of use, and longer periods of time between relapses.
• Improvements in employment- including working more days and/or getting involved in training programs or school.
• Improvements in education- including attending more often and getting better grades.
• Relationship improvements- including ones with friends, family, romantic partners, and coworkers.
• Improved health- marked by fewer visits to the doctor and the ER, as well as fewer hospitalizations.
• Better legal status- shown by fewer arrests and convictions and fewer crimes committed.
• Better mental health- marked by improved mood and personality traits, higher levels of cognition, and reduced psychotic states and need for treatment.
• Improved public safety- including drug-related fires, car accidents, and trauma to yourself or others.