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Should You Get A Tattoo In Early Recovery?

Early recovery comes with a whirlwind of new feelings, experiences, and thoughts that we never thought possible. We have ideas flooding our minds, and excitement about what lies ahead. It may seem or feel like we have everything figured out, but there is a substantial reason behind the saying, “You might want to run that by your sponsor, first.”

Once the booze and drugs have been removed from our lives, we often feel a rollercoaster of emotions—from highs to lows and everything in between. All of these feelings had been numb, and now they’re popping out of the woodworks. We may have a lot of ideas that sound fantastic to us, but in reality, may not be something that we would have acted on or made a reality down the road. These ideas include tattoos, of course.

A little word of caution on the thinking we have in early recovery versus a little later on: Even six months makes a big difference in how we think and feel about things going on in our lives. In treatment, it is generally recommended to hold off on your next tattoo idea, at least for a little while. However, many addicts and alcoholics often decide to go ahead and get tattoos even after a few weeks of sobriety. Ink such as a sobriety date or recovery slogans are often popular with newcomers, but sometimes, they are also regretted not long after having received them.

We tend to make decisions we wouldn’t normally make when we were drinking and using. The same goes for early recovery. Our brains are in a complex process of healing, and what feels great today, may not be so great tomorrow. Give yourself a chance to find out what you really want in life. Who knows, what you want now could be something you want later, but what’s the rush?

Recovery is a learning process, and our hope is to give the chance and opportunity of a new life to anyone who wants it. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, we can help. Give us a call to begin your own journey toward a new personal freedom with the love and support of so many who have chosen the path of recovery.

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