Ok, so a person has taken the first steps toward a better life . They have gotten treatment, turned a corner, and are now in the stages of adjusting to a drug-free life.
I am sure you have heard the saying “did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed?”, a common phrase associated with a grumpy person. In my experience there is truth to the concept, the way a day starts off can often be a precursor to how the rest of that day will go.
I have been thinking recently about the qualities of the friendships I have today, how important they are to me and my lifestyle, and how different they are now as opposed to when I was an addict.
April 25th was a special day for me. It was my dad’s birthday, and there isn’t anyone in my life that were more instrumental in me turning my life around than my parents. I sent my dad a text that morning and then called him in the afternoon.
A Message to Any Addict Still Suffering: Seeing is Believing When I look at my time as an addict and where my head was at during the early days of my recovery, my sense of self-worth was non-existent. My thoughts were surrounded by failure.
Getting my priorities in order was one of the most difficult things for me to do in order to obtain and maintain a clean and sober lifestyle. I really had to take a long look into what I wanted out of life and how I could achieve it. Family, relationships, friendships, etc.
A big part of my ability to put my addiction in the past for good was to gain acceptance with my past and use it as a way to move forward in life, gain perspective on all of the ways I’ve grown since I left that lifestyle behind. As I was thinking about this, I couldn’t help but reflect, in a positive way, on just how much my life has changed for the better now that drug addiction is part of my story but no longer a destructive part of my life.