Happiness is probably the most sought-after emotion of all. It may seem hard to believe that people use drugs to seek, achieve, and sustain happiness. It’s good versus evil dynamic that defies common sense. In fact, many experts believe that there are more ways not to be happy than there are ways to be happy.
Understanding happiness is actually essential to understanding addiction. Chemical or virtual highs are just substitutes for real happiness, but learning to think clearly about the differences between “happy” and “high” can offer great insight into how society manages drug use and how people find meaning in their lives. At the Addiction Recovery Institute of America, our goal is to help our clients and residents find happiness without relying on substances.
Substances and Happiness
Some people may feel that substances and happiness are linked. It’s important to recognize that happiness can be seen as a hedonistic form of happiness, or it can be known as eudaimonic happiness. Hedonic happiness is the quick fix of pleasure and enjoyment, while eudaimonic happiness is achieved through doing things that have meaning and purpose. So, those that feel substances and happiness are linked are definitely engaging in hedonic happiness. Long-term, excessive substance use usually results in a myriad of poor choices, so eudaimonic happiness is not something you see due to substance use or abuse.
Because substances can change, numb, or enhance how we feel, emotions are a factor every time someone decides to use drugs. Understanding the emotional experience can increase our awareness of what we feel and allow our voice of reason to help us determine what course of action to take or not take in response.
Steps to Sobriety
At the Addiction Recovery Institute of America, we offer our clients different drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs that have meaning and will bring you closer to a goal of true eudaimonic happiness in your life through sobriety. We give our clients a variety of options of how to start their treatment, whether they need to go right into a medical detox or begin treatment at another stage, dependent on their addictions and their history.
Our programs include:
- Detox programs – As toxic, addictive substances leave the body’s systems during medically supervised detoxification; our clients work through their withdrawal symptoms in a safe, supportive environment.
- Residential treatment program – In this program, residents live under supervision in our substance abuse treatment center as they receive intensive treatment.
- Partial hospitalization program – In our PHP, clients live at home or in a sober living facility while receiving the highest standard of care. The PHP is the first step in transitioning back into everyday life drug or alcohol-free.
- Intensive outpatient program – In an IOP, clients continue to receive care in our recovery center while residing outside its walls. Here, the focus shifts to putting healthy routines in place and developing strategies for dealing with triggers and stressors that can cause a relapse. Clients also work on developing their social support networks.
- Outpatient treatment program – The outpatient treatment program is the most flexible and least intensive of our substance abuse treatment programs. Clients can work, attend school, and fulfill family and social obligations as they continue treatment around their schedule.
Explore Sober Living at ARIA in Florida Today
Recovery is just around the corner. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you know how difficult it can be to stop using substances and pursue sobriety. At our recovery center, you don’t have to go through it alone. Reach out to the caring and professional team at the Addiction Recovery Institute of America today to learn more about sober living or any of the services available at our treatment center in Florida. Contact us online or by calling [Direct].