Have you ever looked at other people who seemed to have their lives together and wondered how they could be so happy? Did you ever think they were so happy that they had to be faking it? Nobody could really be that happy, right?
If you’ve been struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, consider that maybe your perspective has been clouded by substance abuse. Maybe you’ve been chasing after sustained happiness in a variety of ways that aren’t really serving you.
And, maybe it’s time to take a good, honest look at your life and make some decisions to change your state of living.
Living in a happier state, rather than wearing masks and feeling lousy, is possible. If you’ve been using alcohol as a crutch, or an emotional pain killer, or if you’ve been trying to quit drinking or taking drugs, read on. This is for you.
Many people in recovery will tell you that they didn’t seriously consider getting free from addiction until they hit rock bottom. They may have tried here and there to cut back or stop abusing substances, but it never stuck.
The thing about addiction is that eventually, it catches up to you in one way or another. It could be burned bridges with family or friends, job loss, health decline, or even trouble with the law. Many say when the pain gets great enough, you’ll seriously think about doing something different.
A lot of people in 12 Step recovery groups say, ”It works if you work it.” This mantra annoys some people when they enter the program, because they’re not necessarily feeling thrilled about doing any “work”. They may not even realize what that means.
However, overcoming addiction and dealing with any underlying emotional or mental health issues does take work. It also takes commitment, perseverance, patience, and time. You’re not going to go from zero to 100 in a split second. But the good news is that you can recover from addiction and incrementally create a wonderful life where you authentically feel happy.
Here’s what one guy in recovery had to say about his recovery:
“My sponsor, recovery friends, and counselor taught me how to “work it” even on the days I wanted to give up. And trust me, there were plenty of days I wanted to say screw it. They encouraged me when I was flat broke and had no idea if I could ever hold a job, when I failed trying, when my relationship went south, when life was dull and boring, and more.
They hugged me when I came to each meeting, like a real kind of hug that made me feel valued. Sure, I had my walls up. I didn’t want anyone to know how messed up I was and how much pain my heart was carrying. I actually disliked most people early in my recovery, but now I see that I really just didn’t want to get hurt. Little by little as I kept going, I let the walls crash and began to let people in. And you know what? My life began to change for the better. I still work the program, because it saved my life. I’m here to work my recovery, but also to give others hope that they too can turn their life around and live a life free from addiction.”
There are many paths to addiction recovery these days. Regardless of where you live, what you’re addicted to, or how severe your addiction is, there are programs designed to help you overcome addiction and create a better life.
For the most severely addicted person, there are inpatient or residential treatment rehabs. Here you will pack up and go live at the treatment center for a short period of time to build a solid foundation. You may stay 30, 60, or 90 days at the rehab – or more if you need. This is a great option if you’re moderately or severely addicted to alcohol or a drug. You’ll have 24-hour supervision, expert addiction recovery help, a therapist, and a safe atmosphere to dedicate yourself to your recovery.
If you’re mildly addicted to alcohol or a drug and an outpatient treatment center may be a good fit for you. You’ll continue to live at home and attend sessions at the facility throughout the week. The number of hours and days can vary depending on your schedule and the particular outpatient rehab. This works well for those who have jobs or are going to school, or simply can’t leave their home for treatment.
There are also various support groups in communities and online that can help you with your addiction recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous and narcotics anonymous are two common programs that have provided exceptional help to millions of men and women around the world.
Many inpatient and outpatient rehabs incorporate the 12-step recovery model into their programs.
Here at Into Action Recovery Society in Vancouver, we are passionate about helping men get free from addiction. We offer various phases of treatment for those struggling with substance abuse to foster complete recovery.
Our “First Stage Residential Program” is a 60-day program for men offered in a modern, comfortable, residential home.
For those needing or wanting additional treatment, we offer the “Second Stage Transitional Program”, which gives you 30 additional days to build an even stronger foundation in your recovery. The extra structure and accountability can prove invaluable. If you are working or attending school, you may leave this program to attend and then return.
For those who require long-term accommodations, we offer Long-Term Sober Living in the Vancouver area. The length of time will vary from person to person depending on the situation.
All our programs incorporate therapeutic modalities to help with your particular needs and goals, such as:
We are committed to helping you get free from addiction. Contact us today with any questions or concerns.
Take your first step toward a life free from addiction.