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Does Recovery Last Forever?

The idea of never using drugs or alcohol again can be daunting for a person entering into treatment. It takes time and an understanding of the disease of addiction to come to the realization that our problem is not simply the one substance that we were using. Sobriety is more than just kicking the habit and getting on with life.

Complete abstinence from drugs and alcohol requires a program of recovery. We can detoxify our body of drugs and alcohol, but without a program, the possibility of maintaining our sobriety is minimal. This is why recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step fellowships focus on addressing the spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of addiction and alcoholism. These programs aid in the development of routines around their sobriety. Fellowship meetings, prayer, meditation, and sponsorship are all suggestions that can help us incorporate our recovery into our daily lives. Eventually, these become second-nature and we no longer think of them as “things we have to do to stay sober”, rather they are such a strong part of our lives that we do them naturally.

Just as a diabetic needs insulin, men and women recovering from the disease of addiction need a daily program. In early recovery, however, most people fear the prospect of living their entire lives without returning to their chosen substance. They feel that, because they have been sober, if they pick up a drink or drug again their lives will not become unmanageable again. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous addresses this question directly: “Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as bad as ever. If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol.” This is, in part, why men and women in recovery are suggested to take their sobriety “one day at a time”. We choose not to look at our recovery as a lifelong program of abstinence because the thought it overwhelming and seemingly impossible. Rather, we make the decision to stay sober just for today, and to engage in our recovery program today. Eventually, we may be fortunate enough to look back and see that the days have piled up and we are now in a much happier and free life than we could have ever expected.

Life in active addiction is no way to live. If you are struggling or care for someone who is struggling with addiction, you know that life can be better. It’s time to live. Ready? Set- GO. Resilient House cultivates the resilience necessary to those in recovery for lasting wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Bringing together the best in clinical and holistic expertise, our full continuum of care is designed to help you change your life for good. Call us today for information: 833-CHANGE1