"When I got sober, I thought giving up (alcohol) was saying goodbye to all the fun and all the sparkle, and it turned out to be just the opposite. That’s when the sparkle started for me." - Mary Karr This quote is by an American poet who became sober and struggled with finding ways to keep occupied.
We usually write articles about what family members can do to improve the chances of their loved ones staying sober. However, this article is directed at those struggling with addiction, how something that may seem harmless to them can lead down a road to utter destruction.
The struggle with substance abuse becomes all-encompassing. It engulfs you and becomes your primary focus. The longer a person struggles with addiction, the harder the journey back to normalcy can be.
The world can be a tough place to live in, especially when someone is struggling with the demons that often accompany addiction. Those who get out of treatment will often face the temptation to use or simply go back to the ways they used to deal with life.
I’m not an addict but before I qualify myself on this subject, I would like to say I write this with no malicious intent towards programs or people who view addiction differently than I do.
People are happy, angry, sad, people hate, they love, people are beautiful. People dance, they fight, they go to war, people kill, they give birth, people are beautiful.
I put together this list to help all of you stay sober through the holidays. Some of you may remember these tips from last year. It was such a big hit; I decided to send them out again! I know the holidays can be difficult and I hope these tips help everyone have a fun and safe holiday season.
Halloween is one of the biggest party holidays of the year. This is why for many addicts it can be extremely difficult to get through it with your sobriety intact.
One of the hardest things for someone new in sobriety is to prevent relapse. The worry of a relapse affects both family members and addicts. This is one of the biggest concerns when someone completes drug treatment. For this reason, we have put together a list of tips to avoid relapse.
Where did addiction take me? I could tell dark stories of addiction because believe me there are plenty. I could exploit the dark memories of using drugs: where I was, who I was with, etc. Things I vaguely remember and things that are etched into my mind forever.