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Addiction Is an Experience, Not an Identity

Addicts and alcoholics have been stigmatized by society for centuries. The 21st century has seen some improvement in the way the public views those afflicted by addiction, but we still have a long way to go. Though addiction is medically recognized as a disease, people don’t respond to it the same way as say, a cancer or diabetes diagnosis.

If you are an addict or alcoholic, you do not have to let others’ misconceptions about the disease define who you are as a person. The experiences we have gone through are incomparable to those of people who have never struggled with addiction. The strength, perseverance, and resilience of those in recovery is truly remarkable. You will be hard-pressed to come across someone without the disease of addiction to have the amount of gratitude a recovering addict has for a second chance at life.

When you haven’t overdosed umpteen amount of times, or woke to find your best friend dead, or lost your family and had to work to get everything meaningful in your life back, your perspective will be different than someone who has. Those of us who have had these experiences are stronger because of them. They are part of us, and we wouldn’t be where we are today, without them. We should not be ashamed of our past; it is a part of our life story, and part of the experience we can share with others to help them out of places we once were.

Addiction is only part of who we are. The experiences we have because of this disease are invaluable life lessons that belong only to us. If we didn’t go through the hardship of addiction, we wouldn’t know others who have fought this battle alongside us. We would not be part of this tribe of warriors who have overcome some of the most difficult human experiences, and we wouldn’t be who we are today. No matter what society thinks of us, we can stand tall knowing that our identities are much more than that of a stigmatized version of a disease. If you are ready to join the legion of warriors who have fought the battle of addiction, give us a call. Recovery was possible for us, and it is for you, too.

Detox is the first step toward a life of freedom in recovery. Addiction does not have to be who you are. By calling us today, you make addiction part of who you were. 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