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Be Gentle on Yourself

No matter how short or long your drinking or using career was, it crossed the line from being fun, to feeling like a miserable chore. More than likely, you wouldn’t be reading this if everything in your life had gone according to plan. If you’ve created a new map for how your sobriety should look like, don’t beat yourself up if it’s not going according to plan, either. Addiction is a process that usually doesn’t happen overnight, and neither does recovery.

Addiction is hard. We spent an enormous amount of time planning, scheming, searching, and obtaining everything we could to support our disease. It’s an exhausting lifestyle and its consequences can last longer than we expected. Once we get clean and sober, we may feel like things should change overnight, and are disappointed when they don’t. Now that we’re not drinking or using, our frustrations are no longer numb and we feel every single thing that comes our way.

It is important to remember, that sometimes the absolute best you can do, is to just not pick up. That’s it; if nothing else is going well or how you wish it would, the only thing you have to do perfectly is to not drink and use, no matter what. Don’t beat yourself up for things you have no control over, or negate all the hard work you’ve put into getting clean and sober. Recovery is not a race, and it should only be taken one day at a time. Sometimes, we have to take it one hour or even one minute at a time. It doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong, it just means that some days/hours/minutes are harder than others.

Life isn’t always easy, and neither is recovery. No matter what stage we are in, we will all have struggles. As long as you lay your head on your pillow every night without having had a drink or a drug, you are going to be okay. So be gentle on yourself, and know that you have come a long way, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now. If you made it to recovery, you are a miracle, and that is enough. You are enough. If you are struggling with addiction, call us, we can help.

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