You’ve Come a Long Way
Addiction can affect you, and your relationships. Deciding to get treatment for substance use disorder is life-changing. You have chosen to grow by making healthy choices, and that is beautiful. A few mistakes were made along the way, but asking for help and seeking treatment is the best course of action.
We’re proud of you.
There will be some significant changes in your life, and you may feel like you are not ready to embrace them. These feelings stem from a fear of change, but change can be a wonderful thing. Changing unhealthy choices into healthy ones will only be scary until you see how much better you feel. Since you have decided to get treatment, please call us at (626) 602-2966. Our team of specialists will help you find the best treatment options for you.
Out With the Old
While you begin discarding negativity from your life, you may run into some trouble with addiction and relationships. In releasing that which no longer serves you, you may come to realize you are already involved in toxic relationships.
What’s a Toxic Relationship?
A toxic relationship means involvement with someone who does not suit your best interests. These relationships can be with family, friends, significant others, coworkers, or neighbors. Inside a toxic relationship, your needs do not matter, or you are encouraged to do things that are against your best interests. Toxic relationships are not going to be healthy for you on the road to recovery and you may need to get rid of them.
Identifying a Toxic Relationship
A toxic person will want you to provide something for them, no matter what it does to you. You may be scared of losing your friends while you participate in rehab, but the truth is if you lose friendships over a decision to go to rehab, they were not your friends.
Real Friends vs Fake Friends
Real friends will be excited for you when you share your decision to get healthy. Also, real friendships promote healthy choices or encourage you to be your best self. Any friends who are angry that you are leaving them, their concern is for themselves, not you.
Fake friends will discourage your growth, satisfying their own needs. Misery loves company, and the miserable will show contempt for those who choose not to be unhappy any longer. Attempts to keep you in their company, against your health, is a sign of a fake friend.
When it comes to addiction and relationships, you must leave toxic relationships behind you. There is no room for temptation or negativity in the future ahead. If you need help battling toxic relationships because of an addiction, then call us today. We will be able to provide you with the necessary tools you need to start on your road to recovery. Worried about a loved one and their addiction? We will help them too! Call today and save a life tomorrow.
In With the New
On your new path, relationships measured by quality will serve you well. Additionally, making new like-minded friends will help your recovery.
Why is this Important?
A study conducted by the Journal of Substance Abuse examined almost 500 heroin addict relationships during the first three months of treatment.
The results showed that patients had more successful recoveries when removing toxic or dysfunctional relationships. Toxic or dysfunctional relationships can even be family members who criticize or shame you for doing drugs, because while you don’t want enablers, not all criticism comes from honest concern, and shaming is counterproductive entirely. By reducing family conflict, you are more likely to be proactive inside your support system.
Friends can come and go, but your family remains your family forever. If you have family members who love and support you, they will become your greatest allies during recovery. This will be especially true if you usually live together.
Your family can participate in your progression by promoting positivity and redirection away from potential relapses. Also, your family members are encouraged to participate in specific treatment exercises.
Making New Friends
Social networking is a supportive tool that can help keep you connected to encouragement. Online communication is particularly helpful in staying connected during COVID-19 lockdowns.
In some cases, relationships that broke down during substance use may be irreparable moving forward. Someone you lost along the way may not want to be a part of your recovery, which is entirely their choice. In this case, making new friends in rehab is a viable option.
Friendships that begin by overcoming hardship together are friendships that can remain for many years. Meeting new people while in recovery can create an entirely new support system that inspires you to start fresh. Also, friendships made while in rehab promote honesty and communication, which leads to healthy relationships in recovery.
Finding proper help is important. We recognize that each situation is different. What may work for one person, might not work for another. The most important thing to do is find the right methods for your situation. For your needs. Call us today and we can help you find that out.
Relapse is when you go back to substance use.
The causes of relapse are people, places, or things that promote drug use. These triggers are generally personal, such as a friend who once did drugs with you. That person is now a trigger, as that was the primary dynamic of your friendship.
Triggers can appear in ways you may not anticipate. A smell, a photograph, or even a song can produce a trigger. Therefore it is essential, to be honest about anything that can bring you back to using again. Additionally, working with your support system can identify triggers you did not anticipate.
Clearing out triggers of relapse can reinforce boundaries. Cleaning out old habits is therapeutic and paves the way for your new life.
While in rehab, there are specific rules that must be followed. These rules are put in place to set you up for success and are an excellent template for recovery.
Change Your Life
Changing your life is the first rule, and probably the most important one. You must dedicate yourself to creating a new life. In this new life, you are sober and aligned with your highest good. The most successful rehabilitation stems from real dedication to clean living.
Remember, you cannot be healthy until you are willing to give up that which makes you sick. In this case, drug use is what must be forfeited. However, some mentalities can keep you sick. Mindsets such as, “I can’t do it,” “I’m not strong enough,” or “What’s the point of rehab? I’ll probably fail” are all negative and can keep you from getting better. Uplift your thoughts by being kind and patient with yourself.
Be Completely Honest
Getting sober is hard. This journey will not be an easy one. However, it will be the best decision you ever made.
Odds are that you have a handful of regrets hidden in your pocket. Your old mistakes may feel like they will haunt you forever. Yet these mistakes or regrets do not define who you are, only where you have been.
It’s OK to make mistakes.
“To err is human; to forgive, divine.”
Being honest with your counselors, your mentors, your support group, and anyone on your team is the most direct way to get the help you need. If the squeaky wheel gets the grease, then squeak. It is OK to take up space, and it is OK to be vulnerable inside your safe spaces.
Ask yourself, how will anyone know what you think if you don’t tell someone? Be honest. Be heard.
So, you have decided that you need to get treatment. This is great news. Recognizing that you might need help is the first step. The next step is to reach out. Call us today and we help get you on the right track. Our experts will help you find the right treatment for you.
Ask for Help
Rehabilitation is not a solo act. Real recovery requires both honesty and connection. Once in rehab, if you find yourself struggling, ask for help.
Your team is on your side and wants to see you succeed. You may think that the rehab team is just there for a paycheck, but that is simply not true. Associates in rehabilitation centers chose this profession to dedicate themselves to helping others.
Working with recovery patients is not an easy job, and it takes a lot of heart to join a rehabilitation team. Always remember that they are there for you and will stand by you along the way.
Taking care of yourself is your number one priority. Just as an empty carafe cannot pour into another’s glass, you must take care of yourself before trying to pour energy into something or someone else.
Practicing self-care is the foundation of your progress. You must see yourself as healthy and drug-free so you can direct yourself toward that image. When you can see yourself where you want to be in your mind’s eye, your chances of reaching that goal increase.
Start Small, but Start
Eat a healthy snack, comb your hair, and practice small acts of self-care. After a while, you can adapt to a morning routine that is customizable over time. It is OK to start small, as long as you start.
A smart way to get started is to make a list of three things to do to take care of yourself. Do them every day, and don’t give up.
Don’t Bend the Rules
Making exceptions to go against the rules can not only hurt your progress but also get you kicked out of rehab. Rule-breaking hurts you the most. Opening yourself to the temptation to relapse will trip up your recovery by furthering bodily damage and forfeiting your place among your peers.
If you need help, or you are seeking help for a loved one, then call us today. We will help you get your treatment started. You can start on a new road to recovery today.
You may feel weighed down by all of the decision-making, clearing out the memorabilia of an old life, and parting ways with people you may have known your entire life. These emotions are likely to feel like immense pressure, and that is normal.
Remember, it is when we feel this immense pressure that we know things are about to change for the better. For something to evolve, it must become uncomfortable enough in its original space to break free and find something better.
Everyone wants to feel like they have accomplished something. When you find yourself feeling scared or anxious, think about what you have accomplished by deciding to go to rehab. Accept that you have an addiction, but remind yourself that you discovered the need to be healthy and acted on it. If you are scared to dedicate, take a look down the road at the future you will have if you don’t decide to check into rehab.
Where are you?
Are you alive?
The choice is ultimately yours. Are you uncomfortable enough to evolve? Can you see yourself recovered and healthy? What about the friends you do drugs with, where do you see them a few years from now?
If you are around people who do not want what is best for you, they need to exit your life. Your life is more important than what your friends think of you for going to rehab.
You can do this. Just breathe.
Once you have accepted that you are ready for treatment, then you are ready to reach out and get the proper help. Call us today and we can make sure that you get the help that you need. Start your journey to a happier and healthier life. The beginning of your journey is just one phone call away.