Problems that arise during an addiction are largely self-inflicted, and that causes chaos. While life will always present challenges, I take a look at the difference between adding to life’s problems as an addict and addressing problems while living in a way that does not create more problems in recovery.
Happiness and success come from positive actions and optimism for the future. Being sober is the first step towards happiness and success, but there are other behaviors and tendencies that will continue to facilitate your growth.
Getting a person healthy physically with an emphasis on health and nutrition can go a long way in giving a person a leg up in overcoming their addiction. It was something that was missing in my early attempts at recovery in different treatment centers and something I think needs more focus when helping addicts.
As my life has evolved since overcoming my addiction, so has my perspective on finding happiness and the things in life that help create it. For me, the happiness I feel today comes largely from living in a way that helped me find peace within myself.
Recovery from addiction is a process, as it not only involves the person attempting to overcome drug addiction but also the loved ones in that person’s life. When everything comes full circle, everyone involved has the chance to benefit.
As an avid sports fan, sporting events were something that became complicated and difficult to enjoy during my addiction. The experience of watching my team win a Super Bowl clean and sober was nothing but unbridled joy.
’Tis the season to be jolly! It is that time of year again, and while the holidays can be a wonderful and joyous occasion for families across the globe, it is also a time of year that can bring certain unpleasantries, including the stress that often accompanies family gatherings and the rush to get all of the preparations done for holiday meals or gifts under the tree.
I started to reach out to a couple of old friends of mine letting them know I had a new number and something awesome happened. Not only did these friends respond, but they were excited to be speaking to me and to hear my story.
Whenever I’m asked about what was different about the last treatment program I did and why it worked, it’s a two-part answer. The first part is easy to answer.
I think everyone is haunted by their past at some point in their lives. Part of living is growing, learning, and evolving as a person.