"Just give me one good reason why I should live that recovery BS"
Okay, how about twenty or so?
Your liver will thank you, since it won't have to work so hard to get rid of the toxins.
You'll reduce the chances that your teeth will rot our of your head.
If you are an IV drug user, your arms will look a lot nicer, you'll have less infections to challenge the immune system, and you won't have to wear long sleeves in the summer.
The chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease are greatly reduced.
The opportunity for harmful substances, especially those added to street drugs, to send you to an intensive care unit or a brain injury program is reduced.
You'll save money on medical bills. Won't it be nice to go to the doctor for real and not just to try to get some dope?
You'll be able to afford to go to the movies, out to eat, maybe even take a vacation. Your overall financial situation will be much better. Won't it be nice to not feel guilty over spending the rent money for drugs or alcohol?
You won't lose any more days of your life because you were so zoned out on dope.
And guess what? You will remember the things you really do want to remember.
You will rediscover that life can be a lot of fun.
Your complexion is going to clear up. You will lose that sticky pallor you used to get when you were using.
You will start eating better and your energy is going to come back to the point that you actually enjoy a walk around the block.
You will stop hurting your family.
You'll have less chance of being killed in a drug deal gone bad or a fatal overdose.
From now on, you won't be putting others, such as your children, in any danger. You will find that being a responsible parent, grandparent, or employee becomes a lot easier.
You won't go to jail because of drug use. No more wondering if there is a warrant out for your arrest. No more being scared to be out in public.
You won't have to fear a drug test ever again. You can tell any one to "bring it on" without any hesitation or calculating days.
There will be no more danger of drug-related accidents.
You won't have to lie about your actions anymore. You will be where you are supposed to be, with the folks you are supposed to be with, doing what you are supposed to be doing. It will feel so good to be trusted again.
You won't have to steal or lie anymore to get the money for the habit.
You won't have to go through withdrawal again.
If you are pregnant, there'll be no danger of a spontaneous abortion that is precipitated by drug use.
Your veins won't collapse and your circulation won't be hampered due to the junk you've put in your body. And, the risk or arterial sclerosis will be greatly diminished.
You will reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
You'll regain a sense of positive self regard. The self-hatred and the shame will go away and a sense of self-worth will return.
You'll get your good reputation back.
Didn't think I could do it, did ya? Well, there's even more, like not losing track of time, no more cotton fever, or having your stuff stolen because you were too wasted to
Is the journey of recovery full of nothing but happiness and good times? No, not at all. There are lots of challenges to go along with the blessings and the benefits. The thing is, those blessings and benefits far outweigh the struggles.
"You cannot dream yourself into a character. You must hammer and forge yourself one."
Henry David Thoreau
Dr. Candace McDaniel
8021 East Thornton Fwy, Suite A
Dallas, Texas 75228