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We Must Walk Before We Run!

A common thing I hear from fellow addicts in the 12 step meetings is “when will I get my family’s trust back?” or “when can I make my amends for my addiction?” Now this is great to feel remorse and want to make the situation right with their loved ones but it takes time. Let’s face it, when we get sober many of us are not the same people as when we were while using substances, now we become more aware of the past.

When we get to step 9 and make our amends, it does not stop there. Changing the way we live is a lifetime process and perhaps the most significant amends we can make. Therefore, we show our amends through actions, not just words.

We may not be at step 9 yet, but we want to show our loved ones we are working to get better. Each day we make amends by doing the next right thing we are and the way, we are “making it right” is shown through our actions, no words are needed. The ones we love will see it rather than us having to tell them and trust me, that will mean more! Later, when we get to step 9 our words will line up with our behaviors. We are right where we are supposed to be, even if it does not feel that way.

Today we can work on an actively “living our amends” by building our integrity and doing the right thing, even when others are not looking. During step 9 we make amends, but the process is everyday in our lives. There is no finish line, we must race to achieve a prize, “no” we walk before we run. Keep walking the path of recovery and you will be running before you know it!
 
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If I Am Starting Over With Everything, What Happens After Rehab?

In your active addiction, life centered around drugs and alcohol. As a recovering addict who is ready to start life over finding a new focus is a complicated step. You may have questions about what happens after you leave rehab. When is it okay to start a relationship? Can I continue my old friendships with people that use? What types of activities can I do to pass the time? Early recovery is a time to breathe and take things slow. There is a saying among the sober, “recovery is a process.”

Aftercare should be your primary aim upon completing rehab. The daily routine of a rehab program cannot last forever. You will need to find a way to maintain your long-term sobriety. Spend the first year in recovery focusing on you. Now is not the time to begin a romantic relationship. Avoid old friends that continue to use as they may trigger a relapse. One of the biggest worries among addicts is boredom. Explore new hobbies and places that you do not associate with drug use. An essential aspect to your aftercare is support from others. Some people in recovery see a therapist while others attend group meetings. To be successful, you need help to lean on throughout your recovery.

Steps to a Successful Recovery

Early recovery is a critical time in your newfound sobriety. You may feel lonely and vulnerable. Below are suggestions to keep your recovery on the right path:

  • Meeting people with years of sobriety is an excellent way to build support. It will also help you establish a network of friends with whom you can enjoy sober activities.
  • Visit the doctor and assess your mental health. As an addict, you were too focused on drugs to care for yourself. Now is the time to take care of your physical and mental health.
  • Watch out for anything that may trigger a relapse. Many addicts become too comfortable in their recovery. They think that it is okay to have one drink or one pill. Vigilance is vital to your recovery.

Recovery is a process that will last your entire life. Take things slow and enjoy the possibilities. If you are ready to start your journey towards recovery, please feel free to contact us 24 hours a day at 800-737-0933

My Son Has Been To Drug Rehab in Florida Several Times. Why Isn’t It Working?

Why Is Rehab Sometimes Unsuccessful

While drug rehab can be effective, it isn’t effective 100% of the time. Relapses are common. Here are some reasons why drug rehab can fail:

The Attendance Of Rehab Wasn’t The Person’s Own Choice:

Many people who attend rehab didn’t go entirely by their own choosing. These individuals are exceptionally prone to relapse. In some cases, the individual is heavily encouraged into rehab again after the relapse. However, these efforts are rarely successful until the individual makes their own personal decision to seek treatment.

Court ordered rehab is especially likely to be unsuccessful. In fact, some individuals who attend court ordered rehab have no intention of quitting drugs.

Lack Of Insight Into The Problems That Drugs Have Caused:

In some cases, an individual may attend drug rehab in Florida before they have been able to see the problems in their life that are caused by drugs. This may cause them to lack the commitment to permanently give up drugs. The point at which an individual sees the harm the drug has caused to them is often referred to as rock bottom. After an individual reaches this point, rehab is typically highly successful.

Disappointment With Sobriety:

On occasion, an individual who is addicted to drugs believes that quitting drugs will allow their life to become easy. This may temporarily cause them to be very excited about their recovery efforts. Unfortunately, if this is not the case, they may lose their willpower to continue with their recovery.

Lack Of Self Esteem:

In some cases, drug abuse is closely tied to negative views about oneself. An individual who is dependent on drugs may underestimate their positive attributes. There are even cases when an individual might unconsciously feel that they don’t deserve a different life. Furthermore, those with negative self esteem may underestimate their ability to quit drugs and/or alcohol due to not being able to see the level of willpower that they have.

Associations With Individuals Who Use Drugs:

If an individual who has had a problem with drugs or alcohol continues to associate with people who use their drug of choice or abuse alcohol, this can have an exceptionally powerful influence on them. This is true even if their friends are not saying or doing things that create overt peer pressure. For many individuals with a substance abuse problem, being around the drug could be enough to trigger a relapse.

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