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Fake It Till You Make It

Not drinking or using is a foreign concept for those of us who are addicts and alcoholics. When you’ve been addicted to a substance like we have, sobriety is not our natural state, and it shows at least a little bit in the beginning. As newcomers to sobriety, everything feels weird and awkward—the world, the people in it, and us. We may not even be sure we like being sober, and at times, we wish we could just have one to take away the anxiety and feel normal. However, normal doesn’t apply to us when it comes to using or drinking, so we have to create a new normal. Try to relax, go with the flow, and be gentle on yourself.

If you’re not sure whether you’re “getting” it because everyone else seems to have had a spiritual awakening, or some kind of grasp on spirituality, don’t worry. Sobriety takes practice, and if you’re not feeling it, fake like you are. A good lot of us weren’t feeling it either, but we kept coming back. We suited up, showed up, and kept doing the next right thing—even if it was awkward and uncomfortable. As time goes on, living sober gets easier, and it begins turning into your natural state. A good thing to always remember, is to never compare how your insides feel with how everyone else’s outsides look. You cannot judge a book by it’s cover, especially in recovery. Keep doing what you’re doing—which is the next right thing—and your insides and outsides will reflect the miracle of recovery.

Going back to spirituality and sobriety, many of us don’t get that connection right off the bat. Find a higher power that you can do business with—whether it’s the universe, nature, God of your understanding, the ocean, whatever it is—and practice making a connection. Some people like to pray, some like to meditate, and some just like talking to their “HP”. No matter how uncomfortable it is, you can fake having that connection until it really happens. If you keep practicing, it will come, and so long as you don’t pick up a drink or a drug, you will make it.

If you can’t stop drinking or using, we can help. Calling the Serenity Recovery Center is the best first step you can take toward living a healthy life in sobriety. The medical staff at our detox center will ease you through the withdrawal process safely and comfortably in our private sanctuary.

If you want a chance at making it in sobriety, give us a call. We are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). You can do this, you can recover, and your life can change if you call us today.