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Taking Suggestions in Recovery

The early stages of sobriety can be difficult to navigate. We are often overwhelmed with strong emotions, and are in the process of developing effective coping mechanisms. Fortunately, there are many men and women in the recovery community who have been in our position and progressed to a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety. We should be willing to take suggestions from those who are happy and successful in recovery.

In recovery, we will find ourselves around others who have successfully overcome addiction and are willing to help us achieve the same goal. We may have had difficulty trusting others in the past, but we will find that the men and women populating the recovery community are speaking from experience and know what works and what doesn’t. If they are happy and sober, and we want what they have, we should be openminded about taking whatever suggestions or advice they give us. According to Beth Burgess, in her article for Mental Health Treatment entitled Why is Human Connection So Important in Recovery, “Those in recovery also tend to enjoy encouraging and supporting others’ sobriety: first, because they genuinely know how horrible addiction is; second, because they understand positive ways of supporting someone to stay clean; and third, because helping other people releases brain chemicals that increase well-being.”

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness, and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain’s table. Unlike the feelings of the ship’s passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we go our individual ways. The feeling of having shared in common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us. But that in itself would never have held us together as we are now joined.” We are able to see examples of men and women who have not only overcome addiction and alcoholism, but who have discovered a new sense of happiness and freedom. Their experience, strength, and hope is invaluable, and we should consider taking to heart any advice they may give.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431