A glimpse into a long-time friend in recovery’s mindset after a relapse, and what it takes to maintain long-term sobriety. Sometimes the confidence given by an extended clean-time can lead to complacency, lapse of judgment, and slowly decaying morals. Time is not a factor to judge your success by, only your commitment to a better, drug-free life.
I heard the same phrase for years when I was in and out of treatment facilities hoping to turn my life around and get clean: ‘The only thing you have to change is everything’. I’ll be honest, that sounds great on paper and all, but that never seemed like a realistic approach to getting clean for me.