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Early Recovery

Early recovery is marked by the need to establish a chemical-free lifestyle. The recovering person must learn about the addiction and recovery process. He or she must separate from friends who use and build relationships that support long-term recovery. This may be a very difficult time for criminal justice patients who have never associated with people with sobriety-based lifestyles.

They also need to learn how to develop recovery-based values, thinking, feeling, and behaviors to replace the ones formed in addiction. The thoughts, feelings, and behaviors developed by people with criminal lifestyles complicate and hinder their involvement in appropriate support programs during this period. Major intervention to teach the patient these skills is necessary if he or she is to succeed. This period last about 1–2 years. 

The primary cause of relapse during the early recovery period Is the lack of effective social and recovery skills necessary to build a sobriety-based lifestyle.

 

 

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