Addiction is now more lethal than gun violence, with 50,000 dying from an overdose in 2015. Despite the scope of the problem, recovery is possible for many addicts when they choose to change their lives.
Those struggling with addiction issues can learn from the stories of addicts in recovery. Here are some of those stories and lessons.
Even though he had a great family, lots of friends, and a bright future, Sean always felt inadequate and insecure. He started drinking and smoking weed casually as a highschooler and found that being known as a world class party guy made him feel successful in some twisted way.
He did not go to treatment by his own choice, but during the course of treatment, he decided to really try sobriety and work on reprogramming his brain to be more positive and healthier. Here are some lessons that can be learned through his experiences.
1. Putting in work leads to results. For Sean, it was satisfying to see those results and know his hard work in recovery was paying off.
2. Your associates matter. Sean surrounds himself with mostly people in recovery and it makes a real difference for him.
3. Keeping busy with things about which you are passionate keeps away the empty feeling that substance abuse attempts to fill.
4. Helping others deal with their addictions helps you in your recovery journey at the same time.
High school partying turned into even more college partying, and Nyah was attracted to the feelings that came with drinking and taking drugs. Eventually, it began to impact her life negatively, even though she was still successful in her classes and her parents thought she was doing fine.
She decided to turn her life around after a bad trip made her feel like she was spinning out of control. Here are some of the lessons addicts can learn from her.
5. Being sane and sober is a gift. It is better not to hide behind drugs and alcohol, and to just be who you really are.
6. Sometimes substance abuse is more about who you want to be and your picture of yourself as a party person than what you really want out of life. Realizing this can help addicts stop abusing drugs so they can be their authentic selves.
Todd got help for his addiction after three DUIs and a three-day binge in 1993. He had stopped drinking in the past, but his motive had always been to benefit someone else or to get himself out of trouble. When he took that step into recovery for himself, he took the time to figure out why he was engaging in self-destructive behavior, even when that meant going to jail for the DUI.
He has been in recovery for 24 years and has gotten married, had children, recovered his faith in God, and gotten an education. He started a treatment program for addicts and runs in Iron Man triathlons. He has learned many lessons along the way that can help other addicts.
7. Trauma can take away self-esteem and self-respect, but substance abuse does not bring it back. It only further worsens any situation.
8. Happiness is not found in addiction, but in recovery.
9. Helping others is far more satisfying than a life of addiction.
Recovery Village at Palmer Lake offers treatment programs that help addicts overcome substance abuse and learn the lessons they will need to stay in recovery. Contact us for more information about programs we offer and get on the road to recovery today.