For some who have undergone rehabilitation and found it difficult to kick the habit for good for some reason, the possibility of relapse becomes real. And if you have indeed relapsed, you may be in a rut or questioning what to do next. Instead of giving up on recovery and your sober lifestyle, you should take this moment to reflect on the cause of your relapse and how you can avoid it in the future.
Halloween season is one of those occasions when many people take off their inhibitions in exchange for masks and costumes. Halloween parties are filled not only with candies but also, for grownups, booze. And often, some end up taking more than alcohol.
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.
As addiction becomes prevalent in most societies all over the globe, having people who underwent rehabilitation and are now in recovery is no surprise. Maybe you or someone you know already have friends who are in recovery. While you yourself didn’t have problems with substance abuse and addiction, you can only imagine the hardships your friend have gone through. However, you can always offer your support.
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.
So you just got off rehab and so far, you haven’t been using or drinking. But then, you haven’t really worked out the other elements that you need to have a completely clean, healthy, sober, and positive lifestyle. As brash as it may sound, you are sober but you are still destructive. You still fight with friends and family, and aside from your abstinence from drugs or alcohol, you still act a little like you were still on drugs or alcohol anyway.
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?
Many people will often get to the point when they notice that they may be using too much, causing some problems, getting out of hand, or getting sick. They may start to think that they may really be having a substance abuse problem and even decide to do what it takes to quit.
Addiction can be a very difficult situation to deal with. A family member or loved one struggling with chemical dependency and addiction should realize that the struggle is real–but they are not alone.
Below are stories of people who understand and have dealt with firsthand the struggle of addiction. They also shed light to the idea that there is still hope for recover.