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The Top Three Harsh Realities of Getting Sober in Recovery

Life in recovery is beautiful and exhilarating once you learn the tools to successfully live it. However, the road to recovery can be difficult and emotionally exhausting as you learn to face your demons and live life without the best friend that was killing you.

Rehab is the place where you put the burning iodine on your wounds. After the burning dissipates, the healing will become more appealing. There will be days in recovery where you will be grateful, humble, and feel on top of the world. There will also be days where you will feel despondent, bewildered, and question whether you should continue recovery. You must feel the highs and lows of your emotions to understand them and resolve them. Though you may be despondent in the short-term during recovery, you will feel better in the long-term.

The Hard Parts of Recovery

Discovering the True Cause of Your Addiction

You may think that other people (e.g. parents, friends, teachers, bullies, etc.) and life events (e.g. abuse, death of loved ones, natural disasters, etc.) were the cause of your addiction. While they may have been responsible for the factors that have contributed to your addiction, they were not the cause. The cause of your addiction and the inevitable of your addiction was due how you internalized people’s actions towards you and life events due to your biology and psyche. That is why siblings can be raised the exact same way and turn out different. In recovery, you will learn to correct your errors in thinking and defects of character that ignited your addiction.

Learning that Recovering is More about Just Abstinence

Recovery is not just about quitting drugs and alcohol; it is about adopting a whole new perspective and life for yourself, which takes intense work. You need to take the therapy that you receive in rehab seriously. You need to be honest about your psychological issues and be amenable to the suggestions that your counselors give you.

Realizing Recovery is a Lifelong Process

There is no cure for addiction. Addiction can only be put into remission by not actively using mind-altering and mood-altering substances, applying the tools that you have learned in psychotherapy, connecting with others in recovery, and living an overall healthy lifestyle. You cannot master or complete the recovery process because you are always growing and improving as a person.

Genesis House is located in Lake Worth, Florida that treats drug and alcohol addiction in adults who are 18 years old and over. They provide a safe, nurturing healing environment to start the genesis of your recovery. Call them today to start your journey of recovery or ask general questions about addiction recovery at 800-737-0933

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!
 
-SN