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.
Entering recovery is about building a brand new life from the ground up. We must see that every area of our life was affecting us and keeping us dependent on substances just to get through the day.
The parable of the alcoholic stuck in a hole has always resonated deeply with me. Before I mustered up the courage to go into detox and treatment, I found myself stuck in a black hole for the second time in my life. I did not think I would make it out alive this time. The story of the alcoholic stuck in a hole goes like this …
Surrender is a word I have heard so many times in my life of trying to get sober. I am the type of addict who lost count of the number of times he relapsed. There was this want from me for everything bad to stop and for me to no longer do drugs, but that want was just not enough. At the same time I wanted to be sober and for the pain to stop, I also kept directing my own life.
Because it is sometimes difficult to deal with the effects of addiction on our loved ones, here are four ways to help a family member battling addiction overcome this disease and start on the path to a fulfilling and addiction-free life.
When I first made the decision to get sober, I had no idea of the bountiful benefits it would provide. I thought I was simply going to learn how to not rely on putting a substance in my body to make it through the day. In reality, sobriety taught me much more. It taught me a new way of life.
It took me about 6 years of trying and failing to finally get sober. It’s a period in my life that genuinely felt like a blur. I can’t remember a lot of events that others can and I could never put any events I do recall in any kind of chronological order.