Whoever said getting sober is a piece of cake wasn’t an alcoholic or an addict. The first year is especially difficult for most, but the road of recovery will always be filled with bumps, potholes, peaks, and valleys. No matter where you are in your sobriety, you’ve likely experienced moments where you just didn’t know if you could hold on any longer. If you didn’t give up and are still sober, you know that moments like those don’t last forever.
More importantly, you know that getting through difficult moments is possible sober. You know that getting through difficult moments without picking up a drink or a drug is possible. Once you are on the other side of these challenges, you realize, you are more strong, capable, and resilient than you realize. You truly can overcome anything without drugs and alcohol.
The Struggles Of Early Sobriety
In early sobriety, you might be experiencing times where strong cravings kick in, or the desire to use is strong when you’re triggered by something your family said or did. Sometimes, these feelings come out of left field, and take us by complete surprise.
Anxiety or panic may set in, and you have no idea to handle all of these emotions without drinking or using. It is times like these when you can put the skills you learned in treatment, to good use.
It is so important to recognize feelings for what they are: just feelings. They don’t last forever, and they don’t require you to act. Feelings are fluid, and so long as you don’t pick up a drink or a drug, you will be okay. Life happens to all of us, but it is how we respond to it that could be the difference between staying alive or not. Maybe you were just laid off, or tragically, you learned of the death of a friend. No matter how devastating the news is, you can get through it sober.
It Will Get Better
These things happen, but you have to know that it will get better. Whatever it is that you’re going through, it too, shall pass. It is moments like these that having a support network is so important. Recovery happens together.
You need your tribe just as much as your tribe needs you. When things happen in life, pick up the phone and talk it out. If you don’t drink or use, no matter what, you are doing recovery right.
If your life is overwhelming right now and you can’t stop drinking or using, call The Lakehouse Recovery Center. Not only will we help you get sober, but we will teach you how you can effectively handle anything life throws at you, without drugs and alcohol. What you are going through right now in your addiction will pass, but only if you want to change. If nothing changes, nothing changes. You can recover, and by calling us today, your life will get better. We are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) SOBER | (877) 762-3707.