Justin Caba shared his story with addiction on Medical Daily. Here is an excerpt from his story:
“Today I have been without drugs and alcohol for nine months, and “today” cannot be stressed enough. There’s really no one thing to keep me from going back. If I were to rely on a loved one and something happened to them, then my sobriety would fall apart. It’s up to me to hold it together and not look to far ahead. Thinking about how I am going to stay sober for the rest of my life can be daunting, but staying sober just for today doesn’t seem so bad.”
Perspective is evermore important when it comes to the subject of recovery. Justin exhibited in his story that recovery is a journey, and that it must be taken day by day, step by step. He noted that if he thinks too far in the future, he will overwhelm himself; these are key insights into the importance of perspective. Recovery is a journey, not a solution or a destination.
A study conducted by researchers from Canada found several key perspectives that many have in recovery. These include feelings of empowerment, a period to re-formulate identity, and a process that continuously builds on hope, knowledge, and life satisfaction. You see, just a person cannot diet for a few months and expect their weight loss goals to maintain themselves for years after without diet and exercise, a person in recovery must work every day towards improving themselves.
Recovery requires several things that are ongoing: support, personal responsibility, routine, self-discovery and growth, and more. There is no end to recovery because there is always more to learn; each day that we wake up, we have different ideas about how things are and what we should be doing. Each day presents a new opportunity for us to learn, uncover, discover, and grow.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has defined recovery from both substance abuse and mental disorders as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” Our actions – both conscious and subconscious – contribute to our success. While you’re in rehabilitation, shift your perspective towards your daily recovery goals, because this is the only way you will prevent falling back into negative patterns that did not lend to your health and happiness.
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