Recovery Should Heal the Whole Person

Historically, recovery was pretty simple: put a person through detox and keep them sober. Period. Sometimes it worked, but most often sobriety didn’t last. Instead, there was relapse after relapse and that person might have never truly recovered. However, over the past few decades, there has been significant research on sobriety and what a person needs to recover. For instance, …

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The Attitude of Sobriety

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According to an online dictionary, an attitude is “a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior”. The attitude we have towards ourselves and our recovery is essential. It can support our path to sobriety or it can derail us.

For instance, according to the book Pathways to Recovery, two important attitudes to have regarding your desire to change is hope and courage. Both hope and courage can bring positive feelings to recovery and nourish the need to change. Hope is the feeling of having an expectation that an event will take place or that something will change. It can be a small glimmer of light in the midst of feeling depressed or trapped by life. Alongside hope, courage can provide the bravado and bravery to take the steps you once thought was not possible.

It’s common for a person to feel the need to escape from everything when he or she feels depressed, trapped, helpless, or hopeless. Certainly, these heavy feelings can contribute to regular drinking, which is how a dependency upon drugs or alcohol as well as an addiction can slowly begin. Not understanding how to face the magnitude of life’s challenges and not having the tools to cope with such debilitating emotions can make turning to drinking and drug use easy to do.

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Four Tips to Kick an Addiction

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After fighting substance abuse for many years, Deborah King now shares her knowledge, which she has gained from her recovery, with others who are also struggling with drug addiction. Through her experience, she has devised four tips to help kick an addiction.

  1. Get out of Denial – You must accept that you have a problem. King suggests physically writing down a list of the pros and cons of your current lifestyle. Seeing a long list of cons and short list of pros can help give you motivation to want to change your lifestyle.
  2. Ask for Help – People often mistake asking for help as a sign of weakness, when in actuality it is a sign of courage. The internet is a great place to begin looking for help. There are plenty of residential drug treatment centers who would be more than happy to talk to you or even take you on a tour of their facility. You can also look for support groups such as AA meetings.
  3. Refuse the Labels – Know that addiction does not define who you are.
  4. Live in the Now – The past is gone and the future is not here yet, so instead, live in the present moment and take life one day at a time.

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What to Say to Someone in Recovery

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Going through recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a process that can benefit largely from having the support of friends and family. It can be difficult for friends and family members to figure out what to say during these times. You want to help, but you’re not quite sure how. You don’t want to say anything that’s going to upset your loved one. Here is a list of what to say and what not to say to your loved on who is going through recovery.

Do NOT say:

“How long have you been sober?”

Instead Say:

“How is it going?”

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