A quick reminder:
“Active addiction can end, but recovering from addiction is for life.”Lisa, Authentic Truths
What is recovery?
“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
Recovery includes dedication to treatment for substance use and mental illness symptoms, counseling, peer support, meetings, and overall healthier choices for their well being. Without the dedication, the journey becomes hard to navigate. Luke warm sobriety won’t work for true recovery.
Active recovery is a journey that requires willpower, self reflection, hope, and spiritual growth. It cycles over and over, forever. Active addiction can end, but recovering from addiction is for life.
Knowing recovery requires self discipline is hard on those in it and those watching from the sidelines. We’ve lived or witnessed self destruction for years. As the healing work gets real, it is easy to fall back into old habits. Confronting the past will never be easy. Taking ownership of our life choices that led to using is rough.
Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside. The one holding the key is you. Recovery doesn’t happen because you stopped using drugs or alcohol. It happens when you stop using the past to prevent you from living today or setting goals for tomorrow.
You can live the journey of active recovery. You are strong enough to do it!