Does Everyone Change Their Life in Sobriety?
When you suffer from addiction, sobriety is a hard thing to attain. Making the decision to get clean and sober is just one step in changing your life. There are more aspects of your life and behavior that need to be altered if you seek long-term sobriety. Unfortunately, not everyone makes the decision to change their lifestyle once they become clean and sober. You may recognize them. They are the ones in twelve step meetings who can’t wait for the meeting to end or who are browsing their phone the whole time. They are the ones in treatment who are counting the days until they get out and attempting to go against facility rules. It’s important to note: sobriety is for you, it’s not for anyone else. If you make the decision not to change your lifestyle, the only person you’re hurting is you. Don’t expect a miracle; sobriety is hard work. Nothing changes if nothing changes.
Addiction is a cunning, baffling, and powerful disease. Those who suffer from addiction lie, steal, and cheat to feed their addiction. The nature of the disease causes self-seeking behavior. An addict or alcoholic has such overpowering obsessive thoughts about using that they will go to great lengths to quiet them. Loved ones will get manipulated and lied to in the process, causing for deep resentment. Sobriety is about being completely honest and transparent with others, so there is no longer room for egotistical behavior.
People who suffer from addiction often have underlying issues that caused them to turn to drugs or alcohol. Addressing these issues and being completely honest about your past is the only way to move forward. If you’re unforthcoming and insist on keeping secrets, this can be detrimental for your sobriety. By discussing issues, you can overcome lifelong resentments and forgive others. When you harbor resentment, it’s like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. You’ll never make it out alive.
Changing the way you think and act when you’ve been doing it for years, is not an easy task. Bad habits are easily formed and hard to break. When you make the decision to get clean and sober, you’re vulnerable and willing to do anything to get well. However, once physical detox is over, many people immediately forget exactly how terrible they felt and how deep down the spiral of addiction took them. Learning life skills and effective coping strategies should be a priority in early recovery for someone who has hopes for long-term sobriety. Stubbornness and unwillingness to participate is not hurting anyone but you. There is a life free from addiction waiting for you, but you have to work for it.
Treatment and recovery for addiction should be simple. Simple Recovery offers dual diagnosis treatment for men and women in a multiphase format encouraging growth and development. Going back to school, back to work, or engaging in volunteer work, our clients waste no time starting their new lives as they continue to heal in mind, body, and spirit. For information, call us today: 855-403-4700