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Is it Possible to Recover Alone?

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

  1. stridee

    stridee Active Contributor

    It is very possible to recover alone, but it is also very difficult. Having someone there for you to help you recover is a huge benefit and often overlooked. Without support, it is easy to give up on yourself as you do not have someone there to motivate you. You need to let other people help you because more minds are better than just you alone. Also, asking family or friends is free, so what is the downside?
  2. juno

    juno Community Champion

    I think recovery from smoking is one of the only addictions that is possible to recover from alone. There is so much out there, like patches to help you get through it along with willpower. I do think it is helpful for people around you to be aware of your situation so that you are not thrown into any temptations by chance.
  3. calicer1996

    calicer1996 Community Champion

    Human brain is far too complex then we think of it. The said challenge is just too difficult for the average joe. Someone, somewhere along the line, they relapse. Accountability is a must. Since man is a social animal, human contact of some form is necessary. These are my two cents.
  4. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    I actually know many people who decided to stop drinking as well as other forms of getting high on their on. Some of them are still sober some slipped back into it. I guess it really depends on the person. I think reaching out to thers that have been there is always a good idea it is hard either way, but so worth it.
  5. LeonasSword

    LeonasSword Active Contributor

    It's probably difficult to recover alone. You'll need to have a strong mentality while fighting your urge. You should seek assistance from addict groups, that'll help you severe as there's a lot of free ones. You'll all discuss your problems and you'll be able to make a change in your life!
  6. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Yes I do think it is possible. A person got themselves into it all of their own accord. Maybe some friends encouraged it. Detoxification, lots of water, good eating plan, and exercise. Some drugs you always hear things like; "don't detox this one alone. Get professional help." and so forth. I think it really depends upon the individual. Some people want their hand held while entering a public place. A friend of mine said when she detoxed she saw life size birds sitting next to her in the sauna and that she had to have help with that. LSD was her problem. i can only imagine what that was like when she was doing it on purpose. The thing is a person has already dealt with side effects and stuff that goes on when they do it. You get through that. I think the important thing is to make sure you have a back up plan for when the urge strikes. Get rid of all the junk. Throw it out. Do not keep it around. Destroy and throw away the contacts that supply you. Disassociate with them completely. You don't want to eat Reeses cups anymore than throw all of them out and stop going down that aisle. Do you understand? It's the same principle. When stress hits have the alternative on hand. Set up routines to keep you on track. Eventually it all subsides. You need to ride it out. You can just look up different types of healthy detox plans and pick something for yourself. Master cleanse, raw food diets, or juicing. Whatever you want, just pick one. If people can get rid of cystic acne on a raw food diet you can get drugs out of your system.
  7. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    It can be done but I don't recommend it. If you're surrounded by loving and supportive people you should absolutely ask for their help. I don't think I would have managed such a smooth recovery, without the help of my family that supported me through all the steps of the way. If you're not in such a position, you should definitely find someone within the recovery program to be there for you.
  8. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    I think some people do recover alone, but professional help is advised and recommended because of course addiction to any substance is very trying and is something that individuals typically need a great deal of support with. Of course people who are very strong willed and have a compelling reason to quit may be able to de tox on their own. However, it is much safer and much wiser to have help in overcoming addiciton.
  9. LeonasSword

    LeonasSword Active Contributor

    Yea, it is possible to recover alone. My mom and Cousin did it. Mom was a constant smoker and Cousin was a constant drug addict. They took steps to better themselves by knowing the consequences of what they are doing. A human fears death, once you know you're going to die you will restrain from ruining your life.
  10. Karl T.

    Karl T. Member

    I agree in that forums are a great way to get clean. Some people don't have support from others because their addiction is a secret. While others maybe don't have support because they've "burned all their bridges." Whatever the case is I think this is a great place to learn and receive support. Not to mention the fact that you may intentionally or unintentionally help someone just by interacting here and sharing. If you are in need of support or interaction you can do so even though you're potentially alone in a room in front of a computer. This is a great thing. The internet is a really good thing! Beating drugs is very difficult and it doesn't hurt to have too much support. Get it wherever you can and become yourself once again.
  11. Rory

    Rory Active Contributor

    It is possible to accomplish anything on your own, but it is obviously much easier to recover when you are surrounded by your loved ones. If you are not fortunate enough to have those kinds of people in your life, then that shouldn't discourage you. Anything is possible if you have the will and the determination.
  12. mscaver86

    mscaver86 Member

    Recovery can be hard if it's done alone. This is why they have support groups and personal counselors that are available around the clock. Being alone when one is dealing with a personal hardship is not good!
  13. JohnBeaulieu

    JohnBeaulieu Community Champion

    I suppose anything is possible, but I don't think the likelihood that trying to do it completely alone will work is very good. A big part of the process is support from others and being able to reach out for support when you need it.
  14. Whiskers

    Whiskers Active Contributor

    I think it depends on one's personality. The more outgoing person will definitely require the help of friends to recover from the habit. This might mean he is more comfortable seeking help for the addiction. On the other hand, a person who prefers his own company might find it easier to deal with it by himself. Afterall with addiction it is a matter of making up one's mind to end it that matters.
  15. JohnBeaulieu

    JohnBeaulieu Community Champion

    A large part of handling an addiction is being honest about where one falls short and seeking help. I don't believe that there is a such thing a true solitary recovery. You may be able to stop using but you wont repair all the damage on your own.
  16. moreno58

    moreno58 Active Contributor

    That is a very good question. I think a person can but it would be really hard. My bother started out doing it alone and as time went on he on his own started going to group meetings and ended up getting and staying sober for 10 years. As for treatments that are best for that, i guess it would depend on the person. I'm not really sure, but the AA meetings helped my brother through. Alone with the support of the family and friends.
  17. dsprice13

    dsprice13 Member

    While anything is possible, I believe all humans are inherently social creatures and we create support systems for ourselves constantly. If we don't do this consciously, then we find ourselves surrounded by the people that are most convenient, that may not always be a healthy support system. Find those that truly lift you, and integrate them into your experience in a healthy way.
  18. jeremy2

    jeremy2 Community Champion

    It would be really difficult to overcome drug addiction without human intervention so to speak. We require moral support and guidance in order to pull through and we require someone on this. I believe we need each others' support both morally and physically in order to be successful.
  19. SharkyJen998

    SharkyJen998 Active Contributor

    I do believe it is possible to recover without human interaction. Think nature retreat. It has been shown that spending time in nature can greatly increase the chances of staying sober. I think it can help us refocus on what is important and self-reflect on our choices. Being alone can give us the opportunity to temporarily escape the temptations and stress than people bring into our lives.

    The problem is that once you return back to 'normal' life, those temptations and stressors will be there waiting for you. It may trigger you to start using again even if you have stayed sober while in nature. The benefits are, however, with time away you may be able to more clearly identify what is driving you to use or what people and places are influencing you.
  20. kokosflocken

    kokosflocken Member

    I think it is possible. Of course, professional treatments might have a better chance at success, but I don't think that it is impossible to succeed on your own, especially if you're motivated and determined enough. Friends, family, and like another poster said, online support can work wonders. So can pets, in my opinion.