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Rough Seas and Calm Water

Just like the ocean, sobriety has its moments of rough seas and calm water. It all starts with detox, which can be extremely rough and sometimes deadly if not done under medical supervision. The first week in particular can be difficult on people, but if detox medications are given, the process is much more comfortable. In fact, a lot of people sleep through much of the first few days, and don’t recall much when they start feeling better. Most addicts and alcoholics have an understandable fear of going through withdrawal, but with help, its survivable. As the fog begins to lift, patients are starting to feel more normal, they’re able to eat good food, and you also start hearing laughter and seeing smiles.

The resiliency of people who have been through addiction is astounding. To go from the depths of despair, to enjoying life again in not that long of a time frame is a miracle. As you go through difficult situations without drinking or using, your experience builds upon itself. As things pop up in your life, you can look back and see what you already made it through, sober. Even if you haven’t been in recovery long, look back on the  courage it took when you asked for help. Think about how hard it was to hang in there another day. If you were to lose your job today, or end a relationship, know that you can get through it sober because you’ve already done something much more difficult.

It takes an incredible amount of strength and willingness to come into recovery, and even more to stay. It’s important to remember that no matter how hard it feels, it will get better. With struggle comes triumph. The joy that comes with being present in your life and the lives of others is immeasurable. You are no longer on the sidelines of life, watching as other people go do things you wish you could. When you are an active participant in your recovery, everything else will fall into place. The ocean ebbs and flows with rough seas and calm water, and so will your sobriety. If you feel like it’s too much, just keep riding the wave, pain is only temporary.




If you are struggling with addiction, call the Serenity Recovery Center. A better life awaits, and we can help you get there. You do not have to do this alone. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). Everything can be different. You can recover. Call now.