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5 Things You Learn About Yourself When You Get Sober

Getting sober isn’t for the faint of heart. It is arguably the most difficult thing an addict or alcoholic will ever do in his or her life. No one could possibly prepare you for what’s in store when you make the monumental decision to put the drink or the drug down. It sounds fairly straightforward, but the journey that follows is one of joy, heartache, self-discovery, and earth shattering enlightenment.

You Are Stronger Than You Think

Addiction brings us to our knees—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It bankrupts us of everything human, and the resiliency you have to come out on to is nothing short of a miracle.

 Drugs or Alcohol Weren’t the Only Problem

The chemicals may have left the building, but the addict is still home. Drugs and alcohol were but symptoms of the disease that we used as a solution. Take them away, and there you are, the problem. Thankfully, sobriety teaches you how to work that problem out.

 I Am Meant to Feel Pain (and Everything Else that Makes Us Human)

Human feelings and emotions are supposed to be felt. We have them for a reason, and when we numb ourselves, those feelings get buried within us. Over time, they fester, so we keep numbing, and so on. Now, we feel them, and we deal with them the best way we know how. To feel is to heal.

  I Was Selfish

 Addiction is selfish. We don’t mean to be, but when we are in the throes of the disease, all we think about is me, me, me. In sobriety, we learn to help others, to be of service, and to consider others before making decisions.

  I Love Me

 I didn’t love myself before I got sober. In fact, I hated me. My journey in sobriety taught me to love and care for myself with compassion. Now, I love myself way too  much to ever go through the torture of addiction again.

Sobriety is a lifelong process, and each day we learn something new about ourselves. If you are ready to embark on your own journey, give us a call. Recovery is possible, and you deserve a lifetime of peace and serenity that sobriety can offer.

Detox is the first step toward a life of freedom in recovery. Addiction does not have to be the end of your story. Make a safe and comfortable detox the first chapter. The Serenity Recovery Center, conveniently located at the Encino Hospital Medical Center, offers a home-like environment for all stages of detox so you can begin your recovery in a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit. Call us today: 866.294.9401