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Drug Addiction Recovery Ups and Downs

Your drug addiction has created more stress and emotionality than a premier roller coaster ride at an amusement park.  If you never had an up-and-down with your addiction again, it would be too soon. Sorry, but drug addiction recovery doesn’t work that way. Even during a stay at drug rehab, you are bound to have more ups and downs. Your best bet will be learning how to ride the waves instead of getting drowned by them.

Riding The Waves Of Life During Drug Treatment

You may be wondering when it will ever stop – uncertainty, change, and adjustment. Maybe when you go to drug rehab, all that can stop. Let me take a moment to tell you the truth about that. While staying in drug rehab, you may have a more peaceful environment with better respect among everyone. But that does not make you immune to the difficulties of adjusting to sobriety.

Adjustment and transition are everywhere in a human life. You may want the roller coaster to stop, but that may not be completely realistic. Life will keep happening while you’re in drug rehab. You are still there living it. The true hope comes from learning to live with the unnecessary drama of an active drug addiction. When you take a raging addiction out of the picture, you have more potential to manage your life in a healthy way. And when you finish drug treatment, the reality of your life will be ready to greet you.

Riding The Waves Of Life After Drug Treatment

Does sobriety prevent you from feeling the loss when a beloved family member dies? Does sobriety protect you from being in a devastating natural disaster? Does sobriety keep you from worrying about your children? Of course not. But it does mean you are much better equipped to ride these waves stay upright.

Imagine how much more chaotic your life would be if you dealt with your grief by drinking more if you dealt with hurricane damage by shooting up, or if you drown your worries about your children with prescription medication. You may not change the circumstances of the wave, but you can certainly prevent the added chaos of an active addiction.

Ups And Downs During Drug Addiction Recovery

If you are disappointed to know that the ups and downs will continue, you are probably not alone. You have certainly suffered a great deal during your addiction, and it would be very understandable to want to never go through that kind of chaos again. However, reality has some chaos in it.  Dealing with it as a sober person at least give you a chance to keep on going. Enduring the rough waves means you get to will be able appreciate the tranquil parts.

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