It’s natural to hope for the best when it comes to your own or a loved one’s addiction recovery. Hearing of the structural and functional damages that can occur to the brain after prolonged substance abuse may sound scary, and it is – for example, you may question whether or not you or a loved one will ever fully regain certain memory functions again. The reality is that it just depends on the addiction – how severe it was, how long it lasted until help was sought, how the drug was mostly consumed, and more. Some damages can be fully recovered with intensive treatment, while others may never be completely healed. The truth is that seeking treatment as soon as possible is a person’s best chance at reversing the damages caused by addiction.
Although the brain is certainly affected by addiction, it is also very powerful and if a person’s determination is strong, the right support is provided, and intensive treatment is undergone, beautiful changes can take effect. For example, research conducted by the Department of Psychology at Temple University looked at the restoration of brain function involving a variety of drugs – cannabis, MDMA, methamphetamine, and more. Individuals who were in recovery from methamphetamine scored lower on motor and verbal skills as well as psychological tasks compared to non-users at their 6-months recovery mark. However, those same participants were equal to that of non-users in all of these areas at 12-month and 17-month recovery intervals – providing hope that although it does take some time, challenging work can have a significant impact on a person’s recovery.
If you or a loved one are hoping to reverse the damages caused by addiction as much as possible, there are several things you need to do:
- Listen to the instructions and advice the healthcare team gives you
- Practice what you learn in treatment for instances at home and in other areas
- Work diligently each day to become a better version of yourself
- Utilize the support that you have to stay motivated in your recovery
- Do not allow yourself to give up
Recovery is a lifelong process, but it gets easier over time. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn about various programs and which one could be of benefit to you. Seek the help you need today.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer a variety of treatment options including hypnotherapy; call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.