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Is it Possible to Recover Alone?

Discussion in 'Low Cost and Free Treatment' started by BethBrown, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. kylerlittle

    kylerlittle Community Champion

  2. Smarty

    Smarty Active Contributor

    It depends on what you mean by "recover". If you mean quit an addiction, yes sure... But it is not at all certain to last. See, if you are on your own, you have to keep a constant watch on yourself. No exceptions! And that requires extraordinary skills!
  3. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    That is why we need the support, even to detox we need help, I think it's virtually impossible to go through detox alone when we can hardly move and have a lot of pain.
  4. kylerlittle

    kylerlittle Community Champion

    Ah, I'm glad you understand. We totally need support and we always need help but I guess it depends on the person if they are really seriously alone and no one out there for them, I believe in them that they can do it, but much harder.
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  5. Miaka_M

    Miaka_M Active Contributor

    Oh yes, I've heard that laughter is a good way to overcome difficulties, there is something called laughter yoga I believe and it is basically just sitting there laughing with others. Its pretty helpful and funny at the same time. I highly doubt that it would be possible to recover without any human interaction just because they can offer the support you need and its always great to have someone who you can communicate your thoughts to. Feedback is always a good method to overcome hurdles. Some individuals have said social media and the internet, but although you are interacting with a computer, you are indirectly interacting with a human, because the humans are the ones that are controlling what is being said over the internet.
  6. kylerlittle

    kylerlittle Community Champion

    That's a very true statement, thank you for sharing this.
  7. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    I don't think we should underestimate the power of a forum or online relationships. Even if we are just typing we do feel and understand that the ones on the other side are understanding us or not.
  8. kylerlittle

    kylerlittle Community Champion

    That's so true. I think words are powerful whether they're read, said or heard.
  9. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    Not only words, but what is behind the words. Behind these words there are people that really care and read what we are writing and we receive support and understanding.
  10. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Humans are by God's will very social creatures. "No man is an island" is truth. God made us this way for a reason but He also gave us enormous strength. So yes, someone can do it alone but why would you want you? Nothing is more important than human interaction , this is the backbone of our society and our nature. Try to find someone to help you, someone to connect with or just someone to talk to. You will never be disappointed and you will always be sober.
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  11. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    Well said Jonny. There are many things we can do alone, but the question we need to ask ourselves is, do we really need that? I think that we can reach out, someone will help us.
  12. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    Rehab treatment involving human contact was a real problem to me in the early stage because I was feeling like hating the whole world and the less I wanted was someone guiding me to break with my addiction.

    I began to educate myself on recovery treatments, and self-prescribed me a plan to break with my addiction. It began to work, but when the hate feeling vanished, I thought to follow the regular rehab treatment and give individuals a vote of confidence to help in my recovery.
  13. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I wouldn't call it impossible, but maybe just what works for the majority. There are bound to be some people out there who are better on their own than when they are around people, also some might have people around them who seem supportive but underneath the relationship is toxic for one reason or another not because the people are bad but they might just not be the right type of people for the recovering person.
  14. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    Again, if one or two out of ten manage to recover, the fact is that it is hard. Alone? Even harder. Possible? Yes, definitely yes and the more we believe in that, the sooner we can get out.
  15. smartmom

    smartmom Senior Contributor

    I believe that this is possible. I am sure either way that it is hard. I mean some go to rehab and still relapse. I am sure that some feel different about this but I know some that have done it on their own.
  16. llfsa

    llfsa Member

    I think recovering with the help of several professionals is hard, let alone being able to do so by yourself. It is a huge burden you'll be carrying around each day, and it grows heavier and heavier. Professional help is definitely primordial!
  17. Kat Blaire

    Kat Blaire Member

    It depends on the person, in my opinion. If you really prefer working alone and can be trusted to be responsible of your actions without the guidance of others, then go ahead. Pursue recovering alone. But if you're more extroverted and you highly value the support that your friends and relatives give you, I suggest you don't do it alone because recovering by yourself wouldn't be possible. In my case, since I'm fond of socializing, I enjoy going to support groups, even if it involves sharing experiences with strangers. It helps me to pour out everything that makes me feel burdened and uneasy. If I worked on my recovery alone, I would've burst with all the stress and I would've given up easily.
  18. sbatz72

    sbatz72 Active Contributor

    I do not know if it is possible. I am trying it. I am trying to recover from addiction without human contact. While it has its many benefits, it is beginning to feel a bit isolated. This might be causing a bit of depression. I think without any human interaction that it is easier to stay on course. I do not get influenced by these people who think I should do this, that, and every other thing.
  19. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I would say it's possible, but extremely difficult. The reason that I say that is that addiction is ultimately in my eyes a fight with yourself. I know when I was addicted I needed a level of support due to the fact that if I was going it alone I would have made excuses, I would have said "oh one drink won't hurt" and all manner of things like that.

    I did appreciate a degree of independence in the process - if I was smothered I think I possibly would have pushed back in the opposite direction. But a support network was still important to me overall.
  20. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    One of the problems some people have with recovery is being around other people and having to talk to people they don't know about what is going on inside of them. I think that treating your addiction alone can be very helpful to some people. Not everyone can do it, but some can. I really like places like this because people can talk freely without being judged.