The Importance of Courage in Life-Long Recovery

The Importance of Courage in Life-Long Recovery

Rehabilitation centers provide treatment in a productive setting that helps recovering addicts make changes and develop life tools to facilitate a lasting recovery. When a patient leaves rehab, however, the time comes to apply recovery therapies to real life situations and continue the positive growth and changes. For some people, this step may feel intimidating, but developing and maintaining courage is an integral part of the rehabilitation process, and it plays an important role in sustaining the recovery.

Examples of Courage in Recovery

Treatment empowers patients in several areas of life and helps them devise strategies to handle a wide range of potentially risky situations. For example, addicts must be courageous in the face of triggering social interactions, including the following:

  • Encountering friends and acquaintances associated with past drug and alcohol use
  • Attempting to mend addiction-related strains and conflicts with friends and loved ones
  • Talking to loved ones about enabling behaviors like making excuses for the addiction
  • Returning to work, school and other social settings that may require discussing rehab
  • Seeking new employment, housing and other necessities that provide more stability
  • Sharing experiences, problems, anxieties, emotions and other personal issues
  • Reaching out to recovery groups and partners to develop a support network

Addiction often co-occurs with mental health disorders like depression and anxiety, and these issues may have lead to social isolation and seclusion. Rehab centers treat all of these issues and prepare patients to take their next steps. Trusting in the therapies and the recovery helps foster the courage to tackle these challenges and many others.

Ways to Develop Courage in Recovery

Building and maintaining courage is a process that takes place both in treatment and during aftercare recovery. Several potential rehab treatments can help with courage, including the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and similar approaches that treat maladaptive and self-defeating thought patterns and perceptions
  • Individual therapy sessions to discuss issues like unresolved trauma, unconscious conflicts and abuse histories
  • Group therapy sessions in which patients have an opportunity to share feelings and experiences in a supportive and affirming setting
  • Strategies to cope with people, places, emotions and other cues that might trigger substance cravings, social anxieties or mood swings
  • Motivational interviewing and similar therapies that help patients overcome apathy and find personal catalysts to achieve a lasting recovery

Following treatment, local support services are available to provide ongoing assistance, and recovering addicts should always take advantage of them. These services can help in several ways, including the following:

  • Possible aftercare counseling to make psychological adjustments once patients are back in their daily routines
  • Local groups in which recovering addicts provide mutual support and often share defined courses of action like a 12-step program
  • A recovery sponsor who becomes the local point person providing help during times of struggle, setbacks and doubts
  • Supportive friends and loved ones who offer accountability and understanding and make personal changes that may help the recovery

Social support networks help recovering addicts with the immediate and long-term challenges that present themselves after treatment, and each step forward fosters more courage, positivity and confidence.

Addiction and Recovery Help

If you need information about treatment or local support services, our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to help. We can answer questions and make recommendations, and can even check health insurance policies for benefits. Whether you are struggling with addiction, mental health, relapse or a similar issue, please call our toll-free helpline now for immediate support.