People that are struggling with an addiction probably do not take direction very well. If they did, they most likely would not get themselves in the sticky situations that ensue from abusing drugs and alcohol. There are three places that individuals with addiction typically end up: jail, institutions, or death. The alternative is to get sober and start taking some much needed guidance to get your life back on track.
What you were doing during your addiction was not working.
Living a life of chaos and rebellion might have been fun in the initial bouts of your addiction. Now, the very thing that seemed so fun at first probably turned on you and led you down a very dark path. Addiction is not on your side.
Your ideas need to be altered.
Lying, cheating, and stealing are the best ideas that you probably could come up with to maintain your high and prevent withdrawal symptoms to take over your body. During this time of sheer panic and desperation, most likely your intention is to do whatever it takes to stop the uncomfortable feelings that have begun. Running your ideas by someone else is a better idea in recovery.
The moral compass you live by is broken.
You do not care about anyone or anything except for getting that substance you are abusing into your bloodstream when you are deep into your addiction. Any morals that you have go out the window to justify what you are doing during your addiction. How you live your life, is who you become. If you are hanging out in bars and drug houses, the company that you are associating yourself with does not leave you with too many positive influences.
You no longer know how to thrive.
Drugs and alcohol literally sucks the life out of the people that consume them in large quantities. The zest for life that you once had, will be taken away from you little by little the longer that you spiral down the addiction rabbit hole. You will lose interest in the people, places, and things that you use to find pleasure in. The drugs and alcohol grip your life by engrossing you into the throes of your addiction.
Learning how to take direction once you get sober may take some getting use to. If you take direction from a sponsor, therapist, a trusted loved one, or a pastor, during recovery, your chances of staying sober will multiply.
If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or alcohol, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can show you the direction you should be going in your sobriety. Our well-trained nurses, doctors, and therapists are here to show you how to live a recovery-based lifestyle.
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