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Does Getting Clean Mean Living Clean?

Just because someone gets clean and is living life without drugs does not mean they are living in honesty and integrity. If you take away the drugs, but don’t work on the real problem, you are still left with an addict, who’s only real change is abstinence. If you are new to recovery this may come as a surprise. It might seem as though everything in life will get better so long as the drugs are gone, but the drugs are only a part of the problem.

An important part of treatment is learning how to live without drugs and alcohol, but equally, if not more important is the initiation of self-discovery and continual improvement of one’s life. Recovery is a continuum; it doesn’t end the moment a person stops using and drinking. Detox is only the beginning, and an addict’s welfare is dependent on the work he or she is willing to put into recovery. If you go right back into the same behaviors in which you once partook before getting clean, you are setting yourself up for failure.

People that go back to selling drugs, stealing stereos, lying, cheating in relationships, and anything else that does not entail living honestly, are not in recovery. They may be abstinent from chemicals, but nothing about that lifestyle says recovery. If you want to live without looking over your shoulder, or in fear of getting caught or found out, you can change. It is possible to walk around with your head held high, earning an honest living, and surrounded by people who truly love you. It can begin today, and treatment will give you the tools you need to turn your life around.

When you are new in recovery, be careful of others who are not living an admirable life. It might take a little practice doing the right thing on a daily basis, but the more truthful you are, the more your life will change. Seek out people who live their lives in a way that you hope to, and stick with them. The disease of addiction wants you to return to your old ways, and we can teach you how to start living your life out of the shadow of addiction. If you are struggling right now, we can help. Give us a call, and begin a new way of living today.

Detox is a beginning and an end. As the beginning of a new life in recovery and the end of an era of pain caused by addiction, making the choice to attend clinical detox needn’t be a complicated one. The Serenity Detox Recovery Center at the Encino Hospital Medical Center offers safe and comfortable residential detox with modern amenities and an environment that feels like home. Start the process today. Call us at: 866.294.9401