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Many of the problems associated with early recovery do not stem directly from drugs and alcohol. Instead, they are associated with physical and psychological changes that occur after the chemicals have left the body. When people use substances, their brains actually undergo a physical change to cope with the presence of the drug in the body. When the drugs are removed, the brain then demands more to satisfy the desire caused by the changes. The
As described in an article from the National Institute of Drug Addiction, research-based findings means that addiction treatment is most likely to result in long-term recovery when treatment helps a person learn to manage the addiction, starting with medically assisted detox and continuing through behavioral therapies, and post-treatment tools and strategies that support the individual in continuing addiction management techniques. These processes are most thorough and robust in residential treatment programs where the person can
Many Canadians may not be aware that recovery from addiction is possible. But it is and it can last. That’s what CCSA discovered through the Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada survey—the first nationwide survey investigating recovery in Canada. The findings were developed into a report to help Canadians learn about the recovery process in Canada. CCSA-Celebrate-Life-in-Recovery-Infographic-2017-en