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Gossip or Concern?

Human beings are a social lot, and sometimes, our socialization can turn into a discussion of others. There aren’t many people who have never gossiped about someone else. It begins from an early age, and sticks with us into adulthood. Even though recovery is about becoming better human beings, we are not immune from running our mouths behind others backs.

Whether it’s gossip at work, amongst friends, from church, or your hiking group, it happens all the time. Recovery programs such as any 12 Step group, are no different in terms of circulating the gossip. There is a difference though, in the harm it can inflict. Addicts and alcoholics are a sensitive bunch, with a deadly disease. Talk that may seem harmless could quite possibly cause one of us to go off the deep and drink or use over a rumor—whether it’s true or not.

Ask yourself this, “If what is being said is real concern for someone, why is it not being put directly to the person it concerns?” Talk that is secretive can be hurtful, no matter what spin is put on it. If you are worried about someone, or their behavior is a little concerning, call them on it. Avoid igniting rumors; by calling someone on a red flag, you may just save their life. If you start the rumor mill instead, it may have the opposite effect.

As addicts and alcoholics in recovery, we need to support one another. This disease wants to kill us, and we must do whatever we can to help each other out. If you are worried about a loved one, talk to her about it. If it is you who is struggling, we can help you. This battle cannot be fought alone. If you are in the throes of addiction, let us help you detox safely and comfortably. Through friendship, love, support, and knowledge, treatment is the first stepping stone to a brand new life. You don’t ever have to feel this way again. Recovery is possible, and today is the first day of the rest of your life.

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