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Path of Addiction Recovery for Women Can Be Fraught With Danger

You know you can’t give in to your drug addiction – sober living has given you the first peace you’ve really known.  One day a drinking party develops at your friend’s house and you have no way home, the next your mom kicks you out of their house “forever” because you argued, and now your friends insist you just need a new boyfriend to cheer you up (every other boyfriend has been a drug addict).  What’s next?  How is a woman able to get through this mine field every day to stay sober?

A Friend’s Party Is A Big Threat To Your Addiction Recovery

Let’s take a look at the first example – a party that suddenly develops at your friend’s house.  First, we need to ask a few tough questions.  How much of a surprise is it (really) that your friend would be having a party?  Does he or she simply not understand your situation?  Or could you have picked a different friend to spend time with right now?

These questions are not meant to instill guilt and blame, just to make you think.  If you ask some of these tough questions about your friends and social situations, you may be able to keep yourself away from predictable risks and problems.

Losing Your Cool Can Lead To Addiction Relapse

You and your dad have a pretty big argument today.  You’ve crashed there several nights the last few weeks while trying to sober up.  Your roommate drinks a lot too, and it’s too hard to be around her every day.  Your dad says he wants whatever is best for you, but he refuses to take the alcohol out of his house while you are staying there.

You and he may not see eye to eye, but you may need to put aside your intense emotions for a little while.  It doesn’t mean you should ignore the problems.  But keeping your focus on negative situations all day long will put you at risk for addiction relapse.  When you feel your emotions taking over, step away and get yourself distracted until you can calm down.

Dating Too Soon Can Draw You Back Into A Drug Addiction

Among your friends you’ve been known to date quite a lot.  You are not single very long before you have someone new in your life.  The problem now is this – you only dated alcoholics and drug addicts.  You are trying to live a sober life and your friends keep trying to hook you up.  Even though they mean well, you know that a boyfriend would just be too much for you. 

You know that you have been trying to fill in a huge empty space in yourself with drugs, alcohol, and bad relationships.  Tell them you know they mean well, but you just aren’t able to have a boyfriend right now.   If you need to, tell them how a boyfriend would be a distraction to your addiction recovery.  This should get the attention of a true friend wanting only the best for you.

There are many more potential pitfalls on the road to addiction recovery.  These are just a few samples of what you might encounter.  The first several weeks and months of sobriety are so critical.  With a lot of support and alcohol or drug rehab, you can start your addiction recovery on the right foot.  You’ll have many tools to help you resist relapse every single day.

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