When you are in the grip of drug addiction and have recognized that you want to be free, your wish is to simply be celebrating at the finish line. The reality is that getting clean is a journey, and it is challenging. But the benefits of a new lease on life are well worth the effort. And knowing how people progress through the process can help set your expectations correctly, so we always explain the stages to the people we work with at our Sacramento outpatient drug rehab center.
While every situation is unique, addiction recovery generally progresses through these five stages:
Of course, there can be no movement toward recovery until a person begins to understand that there is a problem. Sometimes that recognition is due to interactions with friends, family, or coworkers. In other instances, a person simply has an “awakening” of sorts out of the blue. In any case, it can be the beginnings of recovery.