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Why Does Time Feel Different In Recovery?

The recovery slogan mainstay of living life “One day at a time,” are five words that have had a big impact on many of us living our lives clean and sober from drugs and alcohol. Before we came to recovery, our days were never-ending blurs of misery—reminiscent of a dark, addiction-riddled Groundhog Day with the same cycle of pain happening, over and over again.

Our days are different in recovery and to say time moves differently is an understatement. In the throes of addiction, many of us have no idea what day it is, and sometimes, we don’t even know if it’s morning or nighttime. In recovery, the morning isn’t greeted with frantic searching for a drink or fix, reviewing texts, or wondering where the car is parked. When we lay our heads down at night, we are grateful for another day clean and sober.

For those of us who are working on ourselves and growing into our personal journey in recovery, we are able to look back and see the progress we’ve made. Whether it’s over a long period of time or short, each day is one more building block between the drink or drug and our serenity. Every consecutive 24 hours we’ve put together is a hard-earned reminder of where we once were, and where we never want to return.

Everyone’s experience in recovery is different. The first year may be the slowest span of time for some, whereas others may be riding the pink cloud of time travel all the way to their one year anniversary. If time seems to be moving slow, you may want to keep in mind that there seems to be a correlation between happiness, and being of service to others. Helping others feels good, and you know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun.

Recovery is about living life to your fullest potential, and the ride there is meant to be an exciting journey. Life is too short to waste another day existing in the pain of addiction. If you are ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, give us a call, your own path to recovery can begin 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 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