Recovery Real Talk

So, you completed rehab. That means the hard part is over, right? I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you couldn’t be more wrong! Getting sober and starting a toolbox is by far the easiest part of what you will endure.

I won't overwhelm you with all the gory details at once, but I will start you off with a secret. Do you want to know the secret to long-lasting recovery? Ok, I will be honest, I don’t know a secret. The answer may be different for everyone. I can tell you what has worked for ME. I listened with intent when I was told that recovery is not easy, but it is simple. I have immersed myself in recovery, and I continue to do so. You will be told that "relapse is part of recovery," but I call BS on that statement. Relapse is part of my disease, but I am not likely to relapse if I genuinely work my recovery. However, if I ever happen to relapse, I know I can walk into a meeting, and there will be so many non-judgmental open arms waiting there to welcome me back.

What does it look like to commit to recovery? Even with over five years of sobriety, I am still speaking with my sponsor several times throughout the week, going to at least three meetings per week (more if I need to), sponsoring others in recovery, doing a refresher on my step work yearly, taking a daily inventory, writing a gratitude list daily, volunteering for service positions, seeing a therapist, and seeing an addictionologist. I put my recovery above everything in my life except my higher power. I refrain from using ALL mind- and mood-altering substances even though my only “drug of choice” was Oxycodone. I believe in my gut that I can NEVER drink again.

Your program might be based in AA, NA, CR, or another recovery community, but you NEED a recovery community. I do not stay sober alone. You see, this is hard work, but please don’t give up because every second is worth it! YOU are worth it!

- A Parkdale Alumnus

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 08:49