Don't Be a Stranger to Yourself
Recovery is a growth process. It requires vulnerability, and the willingness to explore areas and/or events that the chemically dependent person may have spent a lifetime trying to avoid. Without learning to process emotions in a sober and healthy way, true freedom from addiction is highly unlikely Commit to getting to know yourself much better, and be honest, even if it means bringing up memories that you’ve taken great pains to keep buried.
What You'll Need
- A willingness to be uncomfortable, and to stick with it, even when getting help doesn't feel good right away.
What You'll Do
- Walk the walk. Some people try to skate through treatment. They say the right things, but never actually access their feelings. Trust me, you aren’t “getting over” on anyone but yourself. The people providing care for you leave their work behind at the end of the day. The people in your life will continue to take of their families and their responsibilities. At the end of the day, the degree to which you are open to the process determines what you get out of it. Hold yourself accountable.
Tips & Warnings
- Success in addressing an addiction falls squarely on the willingness of the person being treated. The information being given is fairly consistent, and after a handful of treatment episodes, if there is not sufficient progress, the substance dependent person may need to consider, among other things, whether they are truly internalizing the information provided. Addiction is a disease that requires the person suffering with it to do all the work. It demands, in part, motivation, commitment, and discipline. Sounds difficult, but it's not as hard as continuing to suffer the consequences of chemical dependency, which may include loss of employment, family, and housing, as well as legal issues, deteriorating health, and possible overdose or death.