As you continue down the path to recovery, you will discover all kinds of benefits that long-term sobriety can bring to your life. Because all the different parts of yourself are connected, what you do to benefit your physical self can also have positive impacts on your mental and emotional well-being.
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Entering into drug addiction treatment can bring up a lot of fears, because it is such a radical transformation from the life you know. One of these fears is that this large part of your life is no longer being kept a secret. You have kept this secret hidden for so long, and may be afraid of legal punishment, or the loss of jobs or relationships if your addiction and need for recovery were to become "public knowledge."
Because it involved learning how to replace an all-consuming drive for an addictive substance with a full, healthy, and balanced life, recovery from addiction can be a very difficult process. The good news is that there is a variety of methods and ways that can support the addict, groups of people who can help him or her get sober and regain control of life.