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Persistence and Its Importance in Overcoming Addiction

Persistence and Its Importance in Overcoming Addiction

Relapse is more likely when an individual is not persistent in developing coping mechanisms

Addiction is by far one of the most complex, challenging and hurtful diseases in the world, and unfortunately, more and more people are suffering from it on a regular basis. While The United States is currently facing both a prescription drug and heroin epidemic, the good news is that the stigma surrounding recovery and doing what it takes to obtain it is slowly but surely being reduced, allowing more people to get into treatment. Once in treatment, however, it takes a number of things to overcome addiction – including persistence.

Persistence is present in a number of things we do on a daily basis. For example, most people are persistent throughout their entire day at work, or persistent while at home raising children. Others might be training for a physical event that requires persistence, while others might be working on a factory line where persistence is necessary.  Persistence is present in all tasks both big and small, but when it comes to overcoming addiction, persistence is not just a good thing to have, but a requirement for a number of reasons.

For starters, it is important that Des Moines residents understand that addiction is a chronic disease. Therefore, it can flare up at any given moment, even when someone has been sober for decades. The disease itself never goes away, but the coping mechanisms just get stronger. A relapse is much more likely when an individual is not persistent in developing those coping mechanisms, causing him or her to fall off the wagon. It takes a constant effort to keep recovery successful, and it is often only maintained through persistence.

Some people might not have the type of persistence they need to overcome their addiction when they first enter into treatment. This is not uncommon, as many people have to work for it much harder than others. One of the best ways for Des Moines residents to learn how to be persistent is to develop a schedule and follow it, as well as obtain responsibilities and be accountable for them. All of this can be learned in treatment, and can help foster the persistence needed to overcome addiction successfully. Not only will persistence help make treatment easier, but it will also lay a solid foundation for the individual post-treatment and well into his or her recovery.

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