Upon immersing ourselves into the nasty realms of addiction and alcoholism, we usually dive head first and go much deeper than we originally intended. It usually starts off with a little harmless dabbling and partying here or there, and then the wall comes crashing down. In the blink of an eye, we find ourselves powerless to the alcohol or narcotics and start to see all the pieces of our lives crumbling down around us. For many, they don’t make it out alive of such a scenario. Often times, the grips of this disease prevent somebody from leaving it behind and takes their life with it. For addicts and alcoholics, using in any form is likely to set off a series of unfortunate events.
On the bright side, a lot of us find a solution down the road or have many times. Sometimes we find the solution to a problem but have a difficult time following the directions that come along with it. Whatever the weather, the point is that when it all boils down on you, it’s time to take action and make some changes. Many of us turn to the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous and begin working a program of sorts. This program of sorts includes the twelve steps, meetings, and sponsorship, but we won’t dive too deep into that at the moment. The first step to any happy and healthy recovery is to get all the junk out of our systems. This means dropping all the assorted drugs and booze to the side. This means starting on a path to a new life. This means entering a detoxification facility of sorts, taking action, and knowing where to go and what to do after detox.
Finding Your Way
Entering an institution is never an easy thing to do, but the results afterward can be brilliant if you follow the right directions. For starters, if we’ve gotten ourselves to this point in our lives, it’s apparent that our best thoughts and ideas haven’t been worth much lately. So from here on out, one priority should be listening to the advice of others and keeping our mouths shut. Humility and grandiosity are large components to learning and growing mentally. Without the mental growth, we will not learn from our mistakes properly. If we do not learn from our mistakes, well then we are doomed to repeat them in the future.
After taking a few suggestions here and there, it’s then that we complete detox and begin to clear the system out. At this point, our bodies are pushing out toxins profusely and we are usually in a bit of discomfort. Sticking to the goal of maintaining our sobriety is the key priority, so there is a small list of “do’s” and “don’ts” after detox is complete.
One highly recommended change is in communication and relationships. Who we talk to and surround ourselves with is a true testament to our character. If you want to get high, then you hang out with people who are getting high. So vice versa, if you want to stay sober then you have to be rid of all the pests that are still lingering around. Changing your phone number after detox or before you enter and even deleting all your contacts is suggested. Minimizing the amount of contact the people from your previous life have with you is crucial. This also includes playtime and going by the same old playgrounds we used to frequent. They need to be eliminated from the picture. When you go by the old bars and hang out spots that we used to stop by regularly, it’s only a matter of time until the wrong person in the wrong place spots you. Something so simple, but mistakes like these can ruin all the progress made in recovery.
Another piece of advice would be creating a game plan. Upon entering recovery and getting clean, our whole routine and way of life makes a drastic change. This for some includes finances, food, and even hobbies. Manufacturing a game plan will allow you to keep a consistent schedule that is conducive to sobriety. A lot of us lost various life skills in the transaction we had with addiction. So upon getting clean, it’s almost like a rebirth for some. In my case, too much free time on my hands can have a negative impact. After detox, you want to stay busy and keep your mind preoccupied. It’s when we are left alone with our thoughts that things can get risky. Mind you, this doesn’t happen to be the case for sobriety in its entirety, but more so for newcomers specifically. When we enter a detoxification facility and start ridding the toxins, we become brittle mentally and physically.
To keep this fragility in mind is of utmost importance. Addiction is cunning, baffling, and powerful, as the big book chooses to put it. The disease will lurk in the shadows and show itself only when least expected. Creating an all around game plan does the addict or alcoholic wonders. Start mentally planning out what program meetings to attend and where they are located. Some people choose to set up an intensive outpatient with drug screenings so as to hold them accountable. Picking up new hobbies such as exercise, art projects, or even volunteering can be healthy ways to stay active and entertain the mind. Some of us were bartenders or worked in places that go against the grain of recovery, so career changes pop on the radar for some. In the end, whether you’re leaving a detoxification or treatment facility, the goal is to stay conscious of your triggers and the things that will take us back out. If we can learn to not justify our actions, most of us have a more than fair shot at this recovery gig.
What about Before?
Being stuck in the dark is not really enjoyable for anybody. This is especially true when you crave to see the light but don’t know where to turn. Addiction and alcoholism are an ugly disease that will stop at nothing to ruin anybody’s life it can. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-802-6848 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. Our team of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life in a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.