Hope for Recovery
We’re now putting the spotlight on HIV and how it is linked to substance addiction.
Attention on HIV (or Human Immunodeficiency Virus) has been revived anew since the recent revelation of controversial actor Charlie Sheen about him being HIV-positive. Many of his friends have urged him to come out amid rumors and in order to somehow erase the stigma surrounding this disease.
“Nagrugby ka ‘no?!” This is often a joke we tell our friends when they say or do something ridiculous. This is because we associate Rugby, a brand of contact cement, to those we see addictively sniffing it in our streets.
We call these “Rugby Boys” because those who sniff Rugby are usually street children. While joking about sniffing rugby is part of Filipino culture, inhalant or rugby sniffing by our youth is no joke.
Many people who enter the doors of rehabilitation often find themselves also struggling with their spirituality. Many struggle with the idea of spirituality or the belief in a higher power because they may not identify themselves as religious, or have now rejected religion.
Life can be very different now that you’re in recovery. After a lifestyle of destruction and letting your compulsions control you, you are now the one that is finally in control of your life–and it can be overwhelming. However, think of it as a new leaf, a new chance at a better life. You are now taking a new direction in your life that you never thought is possible.
Whether it is to start saving for that new house, lose weight, get that promotion, have that dream vacation or quit a bad habit, we all have goals. Simple or extravagant, these goals are the things that we want and need to make our lives more enjoyable and worthwhile.
Nature has an energy, a power, that can’t be explained or quantified. It touches us in different, very intimate, ways. Yet, when we go outside and dive into nature’s beauty, we all feel an exhilarating, uplifting energy that heals, nurtures, and rejuvenates us.
Addiction is a lonely disease.
When at first you have a happy family and a great relationship and social life, once addiction hits, things can change for the worst dramatically. Addiction isolates you to your family and friends, the people who love you, and then ultimately kill you. This is the reality for many addicts, unless they seek help and decide to stay sober.
Why is it that some people are able to go for many years with their cocaine and heroine addiction and then overcome them after arduous treatment? Why is it that some people are merely addicted to gambling but find it hard to recover? Why is it that some people are able to transcend and rise above their addictions, while others just can’t no matter how hard they try?
What is it that people really need to escape their addiction and achieve sustained recovery and sobriety? How can we really be free from our addictions?