Have you ever wondered why people who seem to be at "rock bottom" continue using substances rather then "get their life together"? Maybe it's because we don't give them a chance, we keep pushing them down. Society tells us that an addict is weak. Just quit using and your life will be better but have you ever considered that maybe that isn't true?
Usually we think about "rock bottom" in addiction as being homeless, having lost family and friends, poor health, possible legal issues, maybe not having a job etc. You so often hear things like, "so and so lost their job they were at for eight years because they failed a drug test, hopefully that knocks some sense in them." But does it? Or does it cause that person to have ONE MORE spiraling out of control area in their life? In an ideal world, simply stopping use ceases all problems, but that isn't the case in the world we live.
Often times if you've struggled with using illegal substances or abusing alcohol then you might have legal issues, which cause issues with employment. If you lose your job, you might become homeless. If you are homeless and with out transportation then you might struggle getting another job. It's a vicious circle. In the past I've had clients that the court system, probation officers or family couldn't figure out why they weren't complying and staying sober even after treatment. But let me tell you something, a person isn't the least bit concerned with attempting to go through awful detox or take a leap into a new life if they cant first provide for their own basic needs. What exactly is the point of getting sober if you still have nothing?
This is where Holistic Recovery comes in, because I believe getting sober isn't enough. Its important to approach recovery in a whole life aspect. First, you need your basic needs met. Access to resources for food pantries, housing, employment etc. This might even go as far as learning employment skills, interviewing techniques etc. Second, you need your health. You can't expect to arm wrestle a giant being weak both mentally and physically can you? This involves learning healthier eating habits, exercising, maybe learning yoga or meditation. Third, you need support. You are about to climb a life altering mountain, you need help. People to support you, encourage you and keep you accountable. It's important to build a support system, meet your needs, build your health and start repaving the path of your life. This means repairing and nurturing your self esteem, purpose and making monumental changes with your people places and things.
You see, you can't just stop using. There isn't a case I've seen where this worked, not for long anyways. People need support and change in all areas because just like a car, it can't run with out the wheels, motor, gas AND driver. With out one of these aspects, the car might make it down the road a little but it isn't going far. If you want long term life changing recovery, it's important to take a look at each area and make improvements where necessary.