Recovery is a journey. Here I take a look at many of the different phases a person can experience while living a life free from drugs and alcohol, from where it all begins all the way to long-term recovery.
I never thought I would be here in my life until the day I chose to stop living off excuses and knew wholeheartedly I wanted this for myself. That’s when I was able to complete the cycle and learn how to live without drugs and alcohol.
The journey to stay sober over drugs and alcohol can have its challenges. We can sometimes fall victim to our own justifications of why it may be okay to go get high again or to maybe just have that “One Drink.”
For those suffering from an addiction, self-doubt can be a prevalent thought going through a person’s mind. However, when a person begins to believe in themselves again, what can be achieved is nothing short of exciting and life changing.
My life has meaning again, and I feel brand new in mind, body and spirit. I smile so much more now, and I have every reason to. My drive to accomplish my goals has returned, my health is the best it has been in a very long time, and most importantly, my relationship with my family has been rebuilt on a solid foundation of honesty and open communication.
I examine the common saying in recovery, “whatever you do, don't pick up” and analyze why it runs so much deeper than simply telling someone not to drink or use.
Here’s my story since starting my drug-free life nearly three years ago, with the many successes I have experienced that all started with a decision to get help and a commitment to a better life.
On May 14, 2021, I became a graduate of the Narconon Suncoast Program. On May 15, 2021, I got to fly back to Ohio and be reunited with my family. Meeting me at the airport were my biggest cheerleaders—my mom, dad, and my two boys. I was greeted with big smiles and the biggest hugs. I was not the only one that was affected by my addiction—my whole family was.
Finding reasons why treatment is too logistically difficult to pull off or any other reasons why getting treatment is impossible, is an easy trap to fall into. There can be many reasons people use to avoid committing to long-term residential care for substance abuse. Let’s go over and address some of the main factors people must confront in order to seek adequate treatment.
Our recent Narconon Suncoast graduate shares his amazing wins on the program, his excitement for the future, and the love he now has for his life.