Every day in the news we are hearing about lawsuits with big Pharma, soaring overdose rates, and all of the negative consequences of the addiction epidemic the United States is currently facing.
It’s no secret that drug addiction wreaks havoc on the human body in a variety of ways. Most people who are caught up in addiction are not obtaining the optimum amount of nutrients. When the body is deprived of essential nutrients it cannot perform properly and will begin to deteriorate over time.
There is a big difference between just not using drugs or alcohol and living a life of recovery. In order for sobriety to become a sustainable lifestyle, it is important to develop new habits and recognize old behaviors that lead to substance abuse in the first place. When a person does not make a conscious effort to change their old patterns it becomes much more difficult to maintain a life of sobriety.
One of the hardest realities to face when first getting sober is owning up to the mess that was created from an addiction. At the beginning of my recovery, the gravity of my past hit me pretty hard and I wasn’t sure how I was going to move past all of it without drinking.
How does someone maintain their sobriety without going to meetings all the time? Here are a few ways that have helped many people go on to live productive and sober lives after living a life of addiction.
Making any major life change is a challenge, to say the least. Overcoming an addiction? Well, that can be even more challenging. That’s not to say it isn’t possible—people recover from addiction everyday.
When a person is drinking regularly and using drugs they aren’t very likely to be exercising a whole lot. Between getting high or drunk and going through withdrawal or having a hangover it’s a little difficult to make time for a good work out here and there.
One of the reasons many people hesitate about living a sober life is that they fear they will be missing out on things. There is a lie that too many people have bought into that drugs or alcohol are a necessary way to have fun.
When it comes to addiction treatment there are many reasons why a residential program is a good way to go. 1. Time to focus on yourself. Attending a residential program gives a person time to disconnect from all of their other obligations in order to truly focus on themselves.
A common reason a person will give for not being able to go to treatment is that they have kids. While this is certainly a barrier to getting treatment, this is actually a very good reason to go to treatment—not a reason not to go.