Experience Leads the Way
Early recovery can be a rough road. The good news is that no one has to navigate that road alone. Asking for help from a support network is essential. Following the suggestions of experienced and supportive individuals, can make that road easier to navigate.
Since humans first crushed grapes, we as a species have been dealing with alcoholism and addiction. There are those alcoholics and addicts who “have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body,” and they can help. It is essential to ask for help and let others with experience (personal, educational) lead the way.
After Detox and/or Treatment
So you have made it through detox and/or treatment and are now thrust upon the road of early recovery. Whether you are attending outpatient treatment services and/or attending meetings of your chosen fellowship (AA, NA, SMART, Celebrate Recovery, etc), your time in early recovery may involve having to navigate mental and/or physical cravings. If you choose to go that route – doctor prescribed Naltrexone can help with some opiate and alcohol cravings. However, having a support network of experienced individuals who have already navigated the road you are on is essential. Asking for support from an experienced support network can be what saves you from relapse.
AA’s co-founder Bill Wilson learned that when he craved a drink the only way he could stay sober was to talk to another alcoholic. He found he needed to share and get support from someone who understood what he was going through, in order to stay sober. This founding principle led to the formation of AA’s 12-step recovery program. Over 200 current 12-step programs (including, but not limited to NA, OA, SAA, GA etc.) have adopted the AA 12-step model of recovery. All of that life giving recovery began with Bills original idea, of one addict/alcoholic relating to another.
Ask For Help
It doesn’t work if you don’t ask for help. In order to give yourself the best chance at earning long-term recovery, a support network is absolutely essential. This may look different for each individual. Some dive in to 12-step recovery, securing a Sponsor and developing a list of other people in recovery who they can share with and grow alongside. Others may hire a recovery coach or lean on supportive family, a spiritual mentor or member of clergy.
Whatever rode to recovery you chose, one thing is for certain – you will need support along the way. And the most practical form of support comes from those who have already navigated that same road successfully. Ask those with experience (personal, educational, professional) for help, and help you will receive. Remaining willing to accept that help and follow suggestion will greatly help you on the road of early recovery.
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If you or someone you know is in need of help with alcoholism and/or addiction, contact Sagebrush today for a free confidential assessment, 888-977-0573