Posted in Recovery, Relapse, Support

Support Your Local Addict

supportDo you have someone in your life that is in recovery? Are you yourself in recovery? It is so imperative to the well-being of recovering addicts to know that there is real support available from loved ones. Support is especially necessary after a relapse. It is vital that all individuals involved recognize the fact that relapse, is indeed, a part of recovery. Very few addicts get it right fresh out of the gate. Human beings make mistakes. If a relapse does occur, it is time to focus on everything you are doing right. Focus on progress  and how far you have come. If it is someone close to you who has had the relapse, then point out all of the hard work he/she has put into their recovery. A step backward does not negate everything in recovery that has been attained up until the relapse occurred. Be kind to yourself and others. What is important, is you recognize the error of your ways and brush yourself off. Do not continue to use. Talk about it with a sponsor or counselor. If you are the support for the person in recovery, then listen  to your loved one. Allow them to vent and feel. Be the shoulder to cry on. Let them know that your support is there for them, and you do not look down on them. Offer to take them to a support meeting. If you are in recovery it is helpful to keep a journal. Write down how you feel. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life.  Recognizing the wonderful things and people that are a part of  your everyday life is not only a healthy habit to develop, it also keeps things in perspective for you. Always look ahead. Remember that you do not want to go back to the darkness and agony of active addiction. Hold your head up high. If no one has told you today, I am proud of you.

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I am a recovering addict. I have been clean from drugs since March of 2013. I have been in and out of prison most of my adult life. I walked out of the state penitentiary for the last time March 6, 2015. In the time since then I have turned my life into a success driven, empowering happiness that I would have never imagined for myself. I am proud of who I am. I have learned incredible life lessons and have lived an extraordinary adventure filled existence. The agony and self destruction of living in active addiction is part of my past. I want people to know that real change is possible if you are willing to work for it. I am a student earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. I am following my passion of the written word. I aspire to become an amazing author. I certainly have no shortage of stories to share! Happy writing!

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