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Being Considerate of Others

Addiction is a selfish disease. No matter which way you spin it, when we are drinking and using, nothing else matters except ourselves. We may love our kids, spouse, and friends, but if it comes down to them or using, the choice is an unfortunate one. We aren’t like this when we’re sober. Most of us would give the shirt off our backs to someone in need, but once the disease takes hold, we aren’t those people anymore.

When we come to treatment, our lives change. Once the fog begins to clear, we come to the realization that our addiction wasn’t just about us. Our behavior greatly impacted those around us, whether we realized it or not. We are not responsible for having our disease, but we are responsible for our recovery. Learning to be respectful and considerate of others is a big part of healing our hearts. To get respect, you must give it. In treatment groups, you begin learning how to listen to others without interrupting. You give peers positive feedback, and in turn, you receive the same.

It is important to remember that everyone you meet has struggles of their own. Be kinder than necessary to friends and strangers alike, you never know what someone else may be going through. Before you react, think about how your actions may affect those around you, and then respond. Making little adjustments to how we interact with the world takes practice, but we get back what we put in.

The struggles we face in addiction and those we encounter in sobriety cannot be tackled alone. We recover together, which means we need to support one another through our triumphs and through our challenges. If you are struggling, you are not alone. You never have to feel the way you do now, ever again. We are here to support you, and show you a new way of living. If you make the decision to come to treatment, you will not regret it. Close the chapter of addiction, and open a new one of freedom, happiness, and fellowship.

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