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People figure out they are not in control of the substance they are using in just a few months but it may take up to three years before they seek treatment.
It's not just one symptom. When we are experiencing the anxiety we may also feel that awful sense of shame and vulnerability.
Hope is not a wishful type of thinking. It is a proactive way of thinking and dreaming that supports your ultimate goals.
The bravest thing I have ever done is realizing I'm worth it. I remind myself every day that I am brave, alive, and worthy of every breath I take.
You don't get over an addiction by stopping using. You recover by creating a life where it is easier not to use.
Some folks call it "romancing the the past" when we are euphorically recalling our previous experiences with substance use, abuse, and dependence.
Genuine humility and self acceptance produce the willingness to give what we have of ourselves.
I went to an AA meeting one time for a friend's recovery birthday. At that same meeting were a couple of other folks who were celebrating recovery birthdays of their own.
We want to be sensitive to areas in our lives that need our attention and then take appropriate action. Many of our concerns end up either being created by our own actions initially.
How is it that some people stay clean and sober for so long; even a lifetime? And, if those people have had a relapse, how do they bounce back?
Not everyone who uses substances or has used substances becomes addicted. You may be a bit surprised by the percentage of people who began using a substance and became addicted to that substance.
Some folks actually enjoy getting that angry. For them, it's almost like getting high. Or, it feels good because of the control of the environment that occurs.
Living life on life's terms is full of emotions and thoughts. One of the most difficult to address is doubt. What are some symptoms of "self doubt"?
Stay focused. Anything that gets in the way of your recovery life is in the way. Remove it, or side step it and keep moving
Recovery comes from hope or the belief that recovery is possible. This is essential for building motivation and the ongoing desire to make any kind of progress.