At the beginning of 2018, I started my journey to recovery. Before that, it was many failed attempts at sobriety. Hospitals, inpatients, therapy, uncomfortable places. I had this idea that when becoming sober, I would be “normal” again. That years of damage, trauma, and mental illness would disappear along with my drug use. Within multiple years, I think the cleanest time I was able to achieve was around 5 days.
For many people living with addiction, rehab offers the chance to learn the skills needed to live life without using drugs or drinking. The structured environment of rehab allows people to practice sobriety in a safe, comfortable setting with the support of staff and peers. After leaving rehab, some people struggle with the transition and […]
As the weather warms up and summer approaches, you probably want to start planning get-togethers and trips with friends. A lot of the time, summer plans might include food, fun–and alcohol. But if you are in recovery, your summer plans might be a little different. Whether it’s your first sober summer or you have been […]
Working towards lifelong sobriety doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it is a process that requires support, vulnerability, and an investment of time and energy. When you struggle with addiction or substance use, finding the right treatments to meet your needs and work with your schedule is important. It is also important to think about your values […]
People who struggle with addiction and complete a rehab program are at risk of future relapses. Aftercare and support are important aspects of recovery and maintaining sobriety. While someone might feel strong and committed to sobriety immediately after completing a treatment program, staying sober for good can be difficult. It’s hard to avoid friends and […]
Substance abuse and addiction are complex issues that can arise from various physical, emotional, and social factors. Each person has a unique journey through life and requires an individualized plan to address their wants and needs. As we understand more about addiction—how it happens and what impact it has on someone’s life—it is clear that […]
When you reach a state of recovery from addiction, it may feel like no one understands what you’ve been through. The idea of talking with friends and loved ones about your experiences can seem daunting. How can you expect friends and family to understand why you ended up in your current state? An addiction support […]