The trick is to sustain the gains made in rehab in the vast uncontrolled experiment that is everyday life.
Plenty of addicts and alcoholics starting the journey of recovery from addictive disease can’t bring themselves to accept the spiritual program that’s helped so many. There are other options.
Instead of becoming inspired to turn his life around, he seems to have figured, “OK, crisis averted. Let’s go get a beer.”
I realized something: though in her mind we’d played a principal role in her recovery, she’d actually followed none of the directions we’d given her.
Sober Chrystal talks about the moment when her five years of sobriety hung in the balance and nearly went over the cliff.
Recovery-friendly communities encourage education, provide support for open communications, and reject assumptions that perpetuate stigma.
It’s easier to trash-talk the fellowships than think about quitting. But that’s not the only thing behind the negativity.
Once the support of the treatment program no longer surrounds you, dealing with life’s challenges can be overwhelming. That’s when tools for recovery count.
Motivation springs from external as well as internal sources. Our internal desire for change is rarely enough to get us all the way through to our stated goals.