How Sobriety Has Become the Foundation for My Life About seven and a half years ago, my life was what many people might call a mess. I was having a hard time making ends meet and had to move back in with my parents because I was drinking entirely too much alcohol.
Many people hold off going to treatment in November and December because of the holiday season. They rationalize putting off getting help by telling themselves that they do not want to miss out on family time and special moments.
Arrogance and selfishness fueled my addiction. Humility and honesty saved me. Being seven years sober, I am still blown away at how arrogant and selfish I was, and I am humbled and brought to my knees with gratitude at the second chance I have been given at life. I am not who I was, nor will I ever be that young man again.
Overcoming addiction is no easy task. Facing life’s problems and figuring how to get through life after being addicted to a substance takes a lot of hard work. Fighting through the early days that are consumed with cravings takes a lot of willpower.
When it comes to addiction recovery the most obvious step to take is to stop using drugs and alcohol. But this is really only the very beginning of the process. If the only thing a person does to try and treat addiction is to stop using then chances are the person’s sobriety will not be very stable.
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.