Recovery is a journey, not an event. The choice of giving up drugs or alcohol is the first step to recovery. Simply giving up a substance is a courageous step in the right direction, but it may not be enough to set everything right in life. Many people turn to addiction because living sober is difficult, so when they give up substance abuse, their difficulties are still waiting for them. Finding happiness without the crutch of addiction will take time, but it’s well worth it.
Recovery happens in stages, and each person travels his own path. Some stages of recovery include acknowledging he has a problem with substance abuse and becomes willing to change. He will look for a rehabilitation center and take action to end his addiction. He may go through withdrawals, and begin to learn about life without drugs or alcohol. He will practice recovery maintenance, meaning he’ll start working the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with a sponsor and attend meetings regularly. After two years, he’ll enter advanced recovery, which means he’ll find the rhythm of living a sober life. After living in a rhythm for a while, he will find peace most of the time, even through difficult situations.
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The journey of recovery is never over, it just gets easier with time and support of people who share the same goals of sobriety. Learning to live life on life’s terms is a wonderful gift. Living life in the moment, and not panicking about the future or regretting the past is freeing. Constantly fretting about the future can lead to dissatisfaction, and he’ll miss all the fun things happening around him right now.
Achieving emotional sobriety is also very important. Now that the drugs and alcohol have left the system, many feelings surface. He will learn to become a positive thinker, and be less stressed. He won’t fear life anymore, and can develop deeper relationships with people. Emotional sobriety doesn’t happen immediately, it takes time and practice. It will be challenging, but these challenges lead to growth and self-esteem. Knowing that he can deal with anything life throws at him with grace and dignity will give him confidence to face the next challenge.
Challenges in recovery are opportunities for growth and development. Many people dread challenges and view them negatively, but dealing with difficult situations lead to new coping strategies. Each strategy is a new tool. In time, the tool box will be full, and when faced with hardship, he can open his tool box and take one he needs. He carries this tool box with him wherever he goes, and is always prepared for anything that comes his way. He used to only have one tool for coping, addiction. Now, he has an entire box of tools at his disposal.
Recovery in an ongoing process that requires diligence and commitment. Living a sober life is freeing and full of happiness. Here at our Florida drug rehab center, we help you face challenges with courage and self-esteem through our holistic drug rehab program as well as a chemical dependency program. Recovery is the opportunity for peace and courage.
Here at Synergy Group Services we quote on our website and to our clients “we have been there as a family, now let us help you with yours.” We stress this point because we believe that our experiences and our trials and tribulations in overcoming addiction in our family systems, has given us credence to help others at our Florida addiction treatment center.
Many of us have leveraged our experiences as motivations to get professional credentials in the field of addiction treatment. On staff we have medical doctors, social workers, dieticians, therapists and acupuncturists and other specialists. The combination of personal experience with professional training makes us excellent at what we do.
We are able to relate to your experiences – whether it is related to trauma, depression, anxiety, isolation, secrecy, dishonesty, guilt or shame and are able to provide you with solutions and tools to overcome the pain associated with those experiences. It is because we have shared and overcome the toughest of experiences that we have the passion to help others through it.
This passion is evident in any warrior who has overcome a great feat – and this was largely evident in those who went to help the Boston bombing victims. Groups of war amputees visited several Boston hospitals to share their experience, strength and hope with those who had just lost limbs. No matter what they were told about the utility of prosthetics, the Boston bombing victims needed to hear it from those who were just like them. No one is better suited to help another that one who has gone through what the other is going through. This picture tweeted by Boston Medical Center with the caption “on their way to meet with patients and their families” reflects that service:
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These veteran amputees are best suited to help victims that lost their limbs just as cancer survivors are best suited to help other cancer patients and those recovering from addiction themselves or in their family are best suited to help those suffering from addiction.