– Hello, and welcome to
the “Roadmap for Recovery,” a family education video produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Whether you’re
a person in recovery or supporting someone
who is in recovery, we are pleased
to have you here. The journey to recovery
is not an easy one, but some of the problems
encountered are predictable. Many people have successfully
made this journey and have contributed
their stories to this video. We hope this program
helps show the way to a new, enriched life. Recovery may be seen as
following a predictable route, like a roadmap, through a series
of four recovery stages. Most people experience
physical and emotional changes during each stage. Treatment programs like
the Matrix model provide skills and tools to anticipate
and counter the issues that might derail
a person’s recovery. This does not mean that
every person or family member will experience recovery
in the same way, but being aware of the issues
in each stage can prepare you for what to expect
during and after treatment. – Once I became willing
to get into recovery, to really be serious
about treatment, it was critical to have
my family’s support. But it took a long time
to get there. I had to go through the process
that everyone has to go through in terms of getting beyond
the denial and admitting that I had a problem. And until I was able
to do that, until I was able to go
through that process– and that process for me
took several years. It was not
an overnight process. – Every person’s recovery
process is unique, but generally speaking,
in the Matrix model, recovery is divided
into four stages– Recovery begins when a person
stops using drugs or alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms that people
experience depend on the person, what substance was used,
for how long it was used, and how it was used–
the route of ingestion. These symptoms last for
different lengths of time. There are physical
and psychological symptoms of withdrawal. Physical symptoms can include
cravings, depression, anxiety, low energy, irritability, exhaustion, insomnia,
paranoia, memory problems, and intense hunger. – The first few days,
I was very tired. I was exhausted, because I had
been running the streets 24/7. I did a lot of sleeping, a lot of eating,
a lot of resting. – I felt very anxious
and irritable. I felt tired.
Because I was tired. I had, you know,
I had done quite a job at really draining my body, you know, of the necessary
and important kind of nutrients that it needed. So for me, detox was kind of
an exhausting process. – My body was wondering
what the hell was goin’ on when I was in early recovery
and tryin’ to stop. The withdrawal
wasn’t quite as bad, but it was such
that I recall not feeling whole,
not feeling healthy, and wanting to be healthy. – There’s also
emotional withdrawal, which is amplified by
chemical changes in the brain. People who had used stimulants
can feel very depressed, even suicidal,
during this period. A person in early recovery
may feel that life is out of control. Emotions are raw. It’s like being on
an emotional roller coaster. – I didn’t feel anything.
I was just numb. I remember being
really irritable, being mad I was there. And not being able
to speak well. Like it was just hard
to form a sentence. It was just
too much trouble. I had just gotten
really sloppy by that point. I just couldn’t get
my thoughts together well. So I just kind of
waited it out. I tried to just stay quiet
and stay under the radar and hope I’d feel better. Um, eventually,
I got a little less irritable. I started to wake up.
Because it really was a fog.