3 Amazing Changes You’ll Experience in Recovery

3 Amazing Changes You’ll Experience in Recovery

Recovery is an amazing journey to embark on, as it’s filled with twists and turns that force us to learn and grow over time. We become stronger as we learn what’s best for our mind, body, and spirit. We make mistakes, and we achieve more than we ever knew we could accomplish. Recovery can be a truly transformative experience, and there are a number of amazing changes that you’ll likely witness as you embark on this beautiful adventure:

  • Your Brain Functions Strengthen – addiction does change the brain, but recovery can sometimes help reverse some of the damages caused by addiction. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states, addiction affects the basal ganglia (which plays a role in positive motivation), the extended amygdala (plays a role in stressful feelings like anxiety and irritability), and the prefrontal cortex (powers the ability to think, organize, solve problems and more). Recovery can help reverse some of the damage of these areas of the brain through repeated therapy, recovery activities, healthy nutrition, and more.
  • You’ll Be Able to Witness Behavioral Changes Over Time – as you work hard with your therapist and with others in your program, you’ll find that it’s becomes a little easier over time to use the tools you’ve learned. It’s an exciting moment when you first realize that you’ve been actively using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques.
  • Experiences Will Become More Memorable – a 2016 study emphasized that drug abuse can create cognitive deficits along with changes to hippocampal plasticity, which means that you’re likely to experience some issues with memory. Over time, however, recovery can help you tune into the present moment, which will enable you to really take hold of your experiences.

It takes a lot of time and hard work, and you’re not always going to get it right – but that’s what the journey is all about. Embrace the ups and downs and learn from them. Last of all, don’t give up hope.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

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References

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/drugs-brain
http://learnmem.cshlp.org/content/23/10/515.full
Kimberly James
kimberly@beachhousetreatment.com

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.