Author Barb Rogers begins her story in her book titled, “Addiction & Grief: Letting Go of Fear, Anger, and Addiction” by describing a moment in which a woman at an addiction recovery meeting told her,
“Even if you stay in recovery from your addictions, as long as you hold onto the fear, anger, and grief, there’s a good chance you’ll either pick up another addiction, or return to a previous one.”
Barb explained her in her book that even years later, that statement has rang true for both herself and others’ lives. Consider your own lived experiences. What pain have you endured? Have you allowed yourself to feel that pain? Have you gone through the stages of grief, and found acceptance in your life? Or have you pushed those feelings of guilt, shame, anger, judgment, and more down in an attempt to avoid them? Many people find addiction through an attempt to self-medicate; people believe that drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, and more will help them find happiness when in reality, they need to face the challenging feelings associated with reality’s painful experiences.
Recovery is about breaking through the barriers that have held you back in the past. It’s about working every single day towards acknowledging the feelings you have and not allowing the fear of those feelings to engulf you as perhaps they did before. As a study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs states, many people overcoming addiction view recovery as a lifelong process that requires social and community support, structured programs, and negative consequences of substance abuse in order to remain successful in long-term recovery. A reputable treatment program can provide the components that are necessary to help individuals work through what has been holding them back before.
Part of letting go from your past is being grateful for what you currently have. Recovery allows you do to that. In a sense, it’s a new beginning. As one man described of his recovery story on The Mighty,
“I focus on all the blessings in my life, rather than the problems. The truth is, if I didn’t go through everything I did I wouldn’t have ended up where I am now. I am not ashamed of my journey.”
You shouldn’t be ashamed of your journey either. Seek the help you need today. Move on from your past, and work towards creating the life you’ve always truly wanted.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.