I knew it was going to be hard, especially at the beginning, but I knew that if I stuck it out, I would feel great in the end. I absolutely do!
So much can change in three years. Celebrating my third Thanksgiving since leaving addiction behind and achieving a drug-free life, I have so much to be thankful for this year.
My sense of responsibility and my self-determinism are functioning once more and producing new purposes. I have the intention to create my life with true friends.
I am now able to be calm without drugs while being kind and respectful to others, especially my family. I feel amazing and know my life has changed for the better. I enjoy life so much more now that I am sober. I am looking forward to being with my family, spending time with friends, and just life in general now that I am drug-free.
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.