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.
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.
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.”
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.
In recovery, the need for a healthy outlet is important. The pain and emotions that drugs and alcohol used to mask, represent a void that must be filled, creating a vicious cycle of using, feeling bad, and then using again to feel better. Learning how to replace that cycle with healthy habits is part of recovery, provides self-comfort, and can help contribute to long term sobriety.
Helping your loved one stay on the path of sobriety post-rehab or in early recovery can be a challenge for everyone involved, but it is important to keep in mind that being supportive is vital to their progress.
At Narconon Suncoast, our program is designed in a step by step approach to handle all aspects of a person’s addiction.
The year 2020 is over, and 2021 is officially here.
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous remain to be some of the most popular groups in recovery. For as long as the 12-step model has been around, it would make a lot of sense that one and/or both of these groups are usually the first-choice method with someone who is struggling from substance abuse. However, a 12-step program might not always be the best thing for everyone.
Instead of viewing addiction as a disease from which one can never recover and that one is powerless over, the answer lies in returning the ability to chose back to the addict. By teaching them life skills and handling cravings, addicts can regain their ability to choose and exercise power over addiction.