After Addiction, Don’t Turn Back

We want to speak to recovered addicts today. Whether you came to us at a Steps Recovery Center, went somewhere else, or did it on your own, you conquered addiction.

What comes next is up to you. You can make a new life out of your recovery. You can be a new you. You may have to get a new job, a new place to live, even new friends. Your life may be totally different.

Or, your life may be exactly the same. However, this can be where the trouble arises. If your life is just the same after you have recovered from addiction, you may be putting yourself in the same position to get addicted again. Granted, all circumstances are different, and sometimes it’s not necessarily the life you were in, but the choices you made that led to addiction.

Whatever it is though, don’t turn back. If a habit of thinking led you to addiction, don’t let yourself think that way. If a group of friends challenged you to get high, you may need to say your farewells to that group of friends. It’s much easier said than done to not turn back, but it’s extremely necessary for a lifetime of recovery.

You can’t allow yourself to be in a position where you may be attempted to fall into your temptations of addiction. You cannot turn back physically, mentally, emotionally. You cannot turn back period. Look forward. Think of the lessons that you learned, but do not consider going back to where it hurt so much. Take steps in the direction of a sober future. Be happy. Face forward.

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What Does Addiction Do to Family?

When one person is going through something, their whole family goes through it with them. This is the same for addiction. When a loved one is struggling with addiction, it’s almost like the whole family has that struggle. Even if family members aren’t close, addiction can be a serious detriment to the family. Addiction is a family disease.

Watching someone go through such a terrible thing as addiction is a struggle in of itself, but things can happen to the family at the same time. It’s important to know what can come your way so that you can keep your family united and strong.

Addiction can pull family members apart.

Addiction happens, and sometimes it’s unexpected. Family members may feel disappointment, anger, and fear. These emotions can cause distress and ultimately pull families apart. That doesn’t have to happen, though. Allow the addiction to be a reason to unite, and support one another.

Addiction can create distrust.

With families comes an innate sense of trust. You expect to love, support, and trust each other. Addiction may often ruin that trust. If this happens, work to build it up again. Work together, keep communication open, and be frank in what it will take to create those bonds of trust again.

Addiction can put pressure on finances.

Jobs may be lost as addiction comes into the lives of a family. The addict may find that they stopped going to work and ultimately lost a job. You may be in danger of losing a house or being kicked out of an apartment. The addiction has not only affected the well-being of the person but the well-being of the whole family. This is just yet another reason to get the help needed to recover so that finances can recover, and ultimately help the family recover.

Addiction can become a daily problem for all family members.

Addiction is not merely a bad habit; it’s something that is preventing your loved one from behaving normally and living their life as they would sober. This can become a forefront thought for all family members, as they go to work, or to school, or do anything. It can affect how the whole family behaves and may even cause depression. This is why the right steps need to be taken to cure the addiction, to recover from it.

Do not enable your loved one. Don’t give them money, but give them food and a place to stay. Seek out help. Research recovery programs so that your loved one can get the appropriate help. Do the research needed to make sure you are giving the appropriate support to your family member.

As it says right on our home page, “We’re here to help. We offer quality centers with experienced staff members who can give you and your family the tools for sober living.” You can learn more about our steps to recovery here.

What Are the Obstacles to Addiction Recovery?

Getting over an addiction is a tremendous task, and with that, comes obstacles. No obstacle is too large to overcome addiction, but it’s important to be aware of what you or your loved one may face as they work towards recovery.

  1. Addiction is its own obstacle. Addiction means that your body and your mind cannot stop craving a substance. It means that something has taken part of your control over yourself. You need to choose to take that control back. Get over that addiction. 
  2. Recovery requires that you get over your pride. To admit that you have a problem requires a lot of humility. Admitting that you are addicted to something requires much more humility than most things. It’s an obstacle though, and one that you must get over if you truly want to find help and become sober. 
  3. Money may be an obstacle for some people. Getting the appropriate treatment can be expensive, but no debt is too large to become you again. Paying to get into an addiction recovery program may be the most important investment you ever make. It is an investment into yourself, an investment into becoming whole again. 
  4. You may have to let go of parts of your life. You may have become addicted as a result of friends, a lifestyle, or a pain that you are dealing with. Do what you need to do to make sure those things aren’t in your life any more. You can’t truly recover if you are still suffering from what got you addicted in the first place. 
  5. You will experience physical withdrawals. Getting over addiction almost certainly requires physical withdrawals. It may be one of the hardest things you have to get through, but it is necessary to kick your addiction.

 

 
If you face an other obstacles, get rid of them, climb over them, do what you need to do to make sure you can recover. You need to take care of yourselves. Here at Steps Recovery Center , we can help you recover. Learn more about us here.

What Addiction Is and Is Not

We decided to keep things simple today. Addiction is summarized as a whole lot of things. There are stigmas, triggers, and people who ultimately deny the fact that it can happen to anyone. Addiction is there though, and many of us deal with it ourselves or with loved ones close to us. As a result, it is important that we understand what addiction is, and what addiction is not.

Addiction is defeatable.

Addiction is harmful to yourself.

Addiction is harmful to your family.

Addiction is harmful to your life.

Addiction is something that makes you crave damaging substances.

Addiction is a brain disease.

Addiction is caused by many things. It can come as a result of physical or mental pain.

Addiction is not a weakness. It can happen to anyone.

Addiction is not something that has to ruin your life.

Addiction is not undefeatable.

Addiction is not, does not have to be terminal. You do not have to let it tear you down to your last degree.

Addiction is not something you should fight against on your own. Get the support you need. At Steps Recovery Centers, we give that support. We provide the understanding you need to know what addiction is and isn’t, so that you can get to recovery and be sober again.

10 Inspiring Quotes To Get You Through Addiction

Addiction is a brutal thing to get through. It requires change, will-power, struggle, and an admittance that you were lost. Those of us who have been through addiction know that it is an awful road to be on, but one that has an exit. Here are 10 inspiring quotes to keep you going today.

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If you need more than inspiration to get through your addiction, learn more about our steps to recovery here.

Use Your Weekend Right So You Can Conquer the Rest of the Week

People are living in all sorts of circumstances. Students go to school, parents raise their children, teachers teach, doctors heal, workers work. We do what we do, and sometimes life can get a bit hectic. If you are asked about your life and simply describe it with the word “busy”, then this post is for you.

We may not all have our weekends off, but let’s hope that somewhere in your busy life, you have some sort of a ‘weekend’. That could be an actual weekend, a day off, a holiday, or an evening to yourself.

These ‘weekends’ are the reprieves to our lives, the break that gives us the rest we need to keep on going. We don’t know about you, but we need weekends. And sometimes, we need to make sure that we use our weekends in the best way possible.

“A day well-spent brings a week of content.”

Let’s keep that in mind as we go over some ways to get the most out of your day or days off.

  1. Prioritize. As much as we may prefer otherwise, weekends often require that we get some things done. It may be cleaning around the house, going to the post office, or other errands or projects. Although we may feel like procrastinating these things, getting them done right off the bat will help us feel accomplished, and more able to enjoy the rest of our break. So, when you get your day off, don’t mentally clock out just yet. Do the things that need to get done, and then you can relax.
  2. Do some self-improvement. You need time to become a better you. Improving yourself may include completing some exercise, writing in your journal, or simply reading a book. Any wholesome activity will do.
  3. Go outside. Unless your normal day requires that you spend some substantive time outside, chances are you don’t get enough fresh air. Dedicate some time to go for a hike, walk, or go to the park. It’ll do you some good, or at least give you some more perspective on how grateful we should be for the bug-free, air-conditioned indoors.
  4. Relax, but more importantly, don’t get bummed out if your weekend doesn’t go as planned. The more upset you get about ruined plans, the more ruined your plans will be. Try to be laid-back and ready for whatever comes your way. Sometimes, what happens is just what happens, but you can still choose to be happy.
  5. Don’t waste your time dreading the end of your weekend. Yes, weekends do end, but you don’t need to spend your whole weekend thinking about how soon it will be over. Try to enjoy yourself, and you may find that if you actually try looking foward to your work week, or whatever your week may hold, you’ll be in a better mood, and more able to enjoy your down-time.

These are simple, and sometimes-obvious steps, but it’s important to follow them if you truly want to get the most out of your weekend, and following week. A happy and content you, brings a happy and content life. If addiction is preventing you from having a wholesome, and happy weekend and week, Steps Recovery Centers have programs to help you find you again.

How Hiking Can Help You Overcome Addiction

As a Steps Recovery Center, we often can’t help but talk about steps that can be taken to addiction recovery. One of those steps, is to find an active hobby, such as hiking. Hiking can help you overcome addiction. Here’s how:

  1. It will help distract you.

Abusive substances are on your mind. You can’t seem to think about anything else. Hiking will help distract you from those obnoxious pulls toward drugs and alcohol. You can focus on walking, taking breaks, drinking water, and enjoying the scenery.

  1. Getting out into nature is good for you.

Too much time indoors adds on unneeded stress. Getting outdoors will help you feel relaxed.

  1. It can help you become stronger, and more able to get through withdrawals.

Why be weak when we can become strong? Hiking is a beautiful activity to get your energy levels up and your body moving. Perhaps that strength and muscle from hiking will help you get through withdrawals.

  1. A little exposure to the sun is good for your body.

The doctor may not officially prescribe it, but getting some Vitamin D from the sun may actually help prevent you from getting certain diseases. Plus, getting Vitamin D naturally from the sun is much more pleasant than taking a pill.

  1. You can make new friends.

There are apps and websites where you can meet up with fellow nearby hikers. You may also find that you become closer to your current friends by hiking together. Just make sure that you trust whoever you go with, and that you try to never go alone.

  1. Nature helps us remember what it’s like to actually breathe.

We don’t know about you, but going into the mountains, or a meadow, and breathing in that clean, refreshing air is a special feeling to us.

  1. Getting out there in the beautiful wonders of this world does something that makes us naturally happy.

This one is self-explanatory. Nature = happiness, at least for most people.

So go on, get out there, take some trail mix, and go hiking. If you need help overcoming addiction, come to a Steps Recovery Center.

10 Quotes That Will Help You Toughen Up For Life

Addiction is a battle. It can be gruesome, drawn-out, and exhausting. To get through it, you really have to toughen up, and in some ways, you have to toughen up for life. Here are 10 quotes that will help you do just that. We hope they help inspire you to recover from addiction!

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“That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.” – Lauryn Hill

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“There’s challenges in life that present themselves unexpectedly, and if you rise to them, then those challenges will toughen you up.” – Bernard Sumner

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“Embrace the struggle and let it make you stronger. It won’t last forever.” – Tony Gaskins

Four

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” – Arnold Bennett

Five

“Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don’t to achieve what others won’t.” – Henry Rollins

Six

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Epicurus

Seven

“You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.” – Maxwell Maltz

Eight

“Take a deep breath. Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off, and start all over again.”  – Frank Sinatra

Nine

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

Ten

“Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.” – Hannah Brencher

We all have our bruises, but let’s start showing off our scars. Let’s start improving ourselves, and getting to a better place. Life is hard, but we can be tough. If you need help toughening it through recovery, come to a Steps Recovery Center.

Journaling Your Way through Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is a different process for everyone. It could be done and over in a matter of weeks, whereas others may require the span of many months to recover. Nonetheless, people learn about themselves when they go through addiction recovery. They learn what really matters to them; what can push them forward in their darkest of moments. Addiction recovery is a life-changing process.

Journaling may help.

A lot of people like the idea of having a journal but never take the time to do it. However, when in recovery, journaling may help recovery be just a little easier. Here’s how:

First off, journaling can help you keep track of your progress. Recovery from addiction will have its ups and downs but keeping a journal can help move forward. You will be able to read past posts and see how much better you are doing now, or you may read past entries and realize that you need to be doing better—working harder. Either way, writing in a journal will record your personal voyage to get sober.

As you record your recovery, you may feel a bit intimidated by the amount of time recovery can take. Every day in recovery is different, and some days may be harder than others. You may feel that you will never recover, that the process will take a lifetime, but journaling will allow you to take recovery a day at a time. In the end, recovery is your goal, but it is also your journey and you will only advance one day at a time. By writing in a journal every day, it can become a pacer, something that keeps you steady and ready for each new day.

As the days go on, you may find that you are changing, or perhaps you are unsure of what life holds next for you. Writing a journal will enable you to make goals. You can make goals regarding your current recovery, but moreover, you can make goals for the future you. You can be specific, setting steps for how you want to achieve your plans. You may not be totally committed to a certain path, but you have to go down it if you want to see what lays at the end. Pick something. Pick a job you want to seek or a hobby you want to enrich. Pick it, plan it, and do it. You can always set a new plan later.

Journaling can teach you to be positive. When you write in a journal, you often realize that you don’t want to end on a sour note. You don’t want to write about a particular bad day, and end with nothing positive. Whether it’s you or your posterity that read your journal in the future, you most likely don’t want to be remembered as pessimistic. And even if those things do not matter to you, you can still choose to write positive things in your journal. Each day, you can end with something you are grateful for, or what you will personally do to be better. On your rough days, you can include one good thing that happened. There is always good to write about, even if we have to search a little harder. Be positive, and soon you may find that your positive writing has become your positive attitude.

One of the most important things about a journal though, is what you can learn about you. Writing your thoughts does something amazing. You see your perceptions in another form. You can not only think and speak your thoughts, but you can write them. Putting your thoughts onto pen and paper will allow you to learn more about yourself. You may learn what you want people to think of you later. You may find that you enjoy doodling images of your day, or that you’re a decent writer. There are bigger things too, though. You can look back at your entries one day, and see what was important to you at that time. You can remember what it was like to be you on that day. When you are sober, you can look back and remember how hard it was to recover, and how you never want to go back. Your journal will be a record of your recovery journey. You will be able to use it to help yourself, and to help others because you will remember exactly what you were going through, exactly what you were thinking.

Write it down, and it will remind you for the rest of your days. It may be hard to write down how relentless addiction is, but life doesn’t get easier; it just changes. You may need that inspiration for the future. You may need to know that yes, you got through that. You got over addiction. You are strong.

Write it down. Keep a journal. Make goals and learn about yourself. Above all though, work towards recovery. Come to a Steps Recovery Center if you need professional help getting through addiction recovery.

Talking to Children about Drug Abuse

From a young age, children’s eyes are open. They are aware of much—the good and the bad. Sadly, they begin to see lying, hurtful behavior, fighting, yelling, and more. We do not live in a perfect world, and neither do our children.

Whether or not our own family members or friends are struggling with addiction, it is important that we talk to and educate our children on addiction and drug abuse. They will see it eventually, and as parents, role models, guardians, etc., it is our job to make sure that they are aware of the dangers.

Here are some simple guidelines to follow when talking to your children about drug abuse:

Start early.

We all love and hate the stage when children start to ask a lot of questions. “What is that? Why is it called that? What does it do?” Some children may start to ask these questions over and over as they realize how much the world has to offer. It depends on the maturity of your child, and what they are exposed to, but it is never too early. You simply have to adjust how much you tell your child. You could simply tell your 10-year-old, that sometimes people do things that they are not supposed to. You could use cigarettes as an example, and explain to your child that they hurt your body, yet many people still use it. Tell your child that if they are offered something that they are not familiar with, they should politely decline it and then talk to you about it after. Your child needs to understand the boundary between safe and unknown. Make it clear.

Listen.

As adults, it’s easy to feel like you completely understand the world, especially in comparison to a young child who is just starting to learn. Nonetheless, it takes listening to understand a person, no matter how much knowledge or understanding you may have already. Listen to your children so that you can know what is going on in their life. If you don’t listen, they may stop talking.

Make rules.

When children become teenagers, they understand that certain things must not be done. There are rules and consequences. Talk to your child to make sure they understand your house rules. Set limits and consequences.

Be affirmative, yet warm.

Don’t let your child doubt your love. Inform your child that you set rules because you care and want them to be safe. Let your rules be a firm discussion, something that becomes a bonding point, not something to fight over. You want your rules to be something you both agree on, so that you can proudly watch as your child follows them. If rules are broken, continue to be supportive and loving as you enforce the consequences.

Be open.

Remember that it is a young child’s questions that start discussion. You need to allow the child to grow up, continually asking questions and trusting you. You want that trust, but really, you need that trust to be there when they may be more consistently exposed to drugs.

Be individual.

Lastly, do not forget to parent individually. If you have multiple children, each child may require a different approach to addiction education. Be aware of the differences, and ready to make a game plan so that you and your child/children will be ready to say no to drug abuse.

If your child asks about recovering from drug addiction, take a look at our website. You can learn how we help people recover from addiction and alcohol abuse.