Drug addiction looks different for everyone. Everyone’s story is unique, including yours. The substance used is different, as is the time spent struggling with the addiction. Regardless of how long you’ve been a victim of drug abuse, it’s never too late to take that first step towards recovery.
My addiction to opiates began as a teenager after a significant sports injury. I was going through surgery and dealt with excruciating pain. I was prescribed a powerful painkiller. The doctor told me it was Oxycontin. I did not question it nor did my family. Next thing I know, I’m an opiate addict without even realizing it.
I am now nearly 5 years sober and while clear headed for the most part still have my bouts of depression. I had a realization a couple of months ago that when I feel bad, instead of drugs, I turn to a gigantic unhealthy meal to make me happy. It hit me real hard.
Here are some tips on how to protect your sobriety at a party where you may run into temptations.
It may surprise you to learn that the nation’s librarians have a much more significant role in American communities than you might think. Across the nation, libraries have experienced a surge in patrons struggling with addiction, homelessness and mental illness. Resultantly, many branches have hired full-time social workers to serve at-risk patrons.
My life was a continuous cycle of starting new and exciting things, deciding I was not good enough, and then self-destructing to the point of no return. I wallowed in self-pity and played the victim card so much that being a “victim” became my whole identity; I was a shell of a human being, was hooked on substances that did nothing but make my life messier, and was completely wasting my potential.
I spent about five years of my life trying to get sober. What does trying mean? It meant I wanted to, I wanted the pain to stop, I wanted to stop hurting others and I wanted to build a life. There was one problem however, I was not willing to do whatever it takes to get and stay sober.
Through everything, I frequently question if some of the events in my life were even real. Our perception of reality definitely becomes altered and skewed in active addiction. We live and play by our own rules, regardless of consequence.
Addiction is a sickness that is very difficult to break free from on your own, but there are a few ways that can help you to regain control over your life. Those who attend a rehab centre have a greater success of recovery, but there are also many things that you will need to learn to do on your own.
Incorporating healthy habits into your everyday life can aid addiction recovery and benefit mental health. If mental health goes untreated or if symptoms are left unmanaged in addiction recovery, it can make you more susceptible to a relapse. These habits can easily become a part of your daily routine, act as healthy coping skills, and help improve your quality of life.