We should all strive to become lifelong learners and some of the most important lessons that a person can learn in life will come from life experience, not a textbook.
No one envisions going to rehab as one of their life goals. It is something that happens when a person is going through something particularly difficult.
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.
Recent graduates share their stories of overcoming addiction and starting a new path in life.
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 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.
During active addiction, people usually do not take very good care of themselves. Although addiction can cause a person to come off as selfish to others, they are not truly doing what is in their own best interest, but rather, what is in the best interest of fulfilling their addiction.
It can be a challenge to try and explain to someone who has never experienced addiction first hand what it is like to overcome an addiction. People can empathize but they cannot truly understand it unless they have gone through it themselves.
Sometimes when a person gets clean off of drugs they feel that it is still ok to use other drugs or alcohol that were not their main “drug of choice” during their active addiction.
So you or a loved one are ready to get sober and you think to yourself, “Ok, all I’ve got to do is stop drinking or using drugs and I will be good; right?” Wrong. This sort of approach to getting sober is usually very unsuccessful.