Common Challenges in SobrietyChad
Originally posted on Futures Recovery Healthcare
Addiction is defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as a chronic medical disease that is treatable and is characterized by complex interactions between a person’s environment, life experiences, genetics, and brain circuits. And while there are intricacies of how addiction is defined, one thing is certain— addiction is a complex disease.
Whether it’s an addiction to alcohol, also referred to as an alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD), addiction claims lives every day. People of all ages, genders, socio-economic levels, backgrounds, races, and educational levels succumb to their painful addictions on a daily basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that drug overdose deaths grew by 9.6% from 2016 to 2017.
There’s no doubt that the statistics are discouraging but it’s important to know that every day thousands of people struggling with addiction take the first vital step towards recovery and ask for help. If you or someone you love is living in the pain of addiction, Futures Recovery Healthcare is here for you.
Taking the first step and reaching out can be life-changing. Long-lasting recovery and living a vibrant, happy life is not only possible but is happening for thousands of people every day. It all begins with the first step.
Transitioning from life in active addiction to one in recovery is different for everyone. For many, the first days, weeks, months, and even years can be spent in what is referred to by many as ‘a pink cloud.’ As the mind and body begin to clear and heal, the world comes alive again. What once was dreaded becomes an eagerly anticipated part of the day. From things as simple as taking a walk in nature and reading to spending time with family and being a productive part of society, life in recovery can be an amazing, joyful experience.
But, recovery is different for everyone and not all people in recovery or sobriety will experience the ‘pink cloud’, and those who do enjoy this elated part of recovery often don’t stay in that space forever. Just like any other part of life, recovery has its ups and downs. It’s vital to be realistic about recovery and your expectations. Having unrealistic expectations can often make the road of recovery more challenging.
As mentioned, for some early recovery is amazing, for others it is a daily struggle. But no matter what, life long recovery and happiness are within reach for all.
In early sobriety, there are some challenges more common than others. Here are some of the most common challenges in early recovery and some tips for managing them successfully.
When you take the first step to recovery the road ahead may seem long and hard, however, many others felt just like you and they are now living their best lives ever. You can too. The first days, weeks, and months of recovery can present challenges, but it’s important to remember that life always presents challenges and with the right tools you can overcome and thrive through each one.
In order to maintain long-lasting recovery, it’s vital to continue on your path using all of the tools on a daily basis. As life gets good again (or maybe for what is the first time) it’s easy to forget how ‘sick’ with the disease of addiction you once were. Continuing to attend support groups and alumni meetings and events as well as reach out to those individuals in early recovery are essential habits to keep up with throughout your journey.
Remember, addiction is a chronic disease that through daily and regular maintenance can be managed. Just like asthma or diabetes, it doesn’t go away. Staying the course you create and remembering how bad life in active addiction was are important to living a vibrant, happy life of your dreams in recovery.
If you’re ready to take the first step towards long-lasting recovery, Futures is here for you. Contact us confidentially online or call 561-475-1804.
Futures Recovery Healthcare is a specialized addiction and co-occurring mental health disorder treatment provider with residential and outpatient programs in Palm Beach County, Florida.