When most people hear the word sobriety, they think of someone who abstains from alcohol and drugs. However, being sober also means that they are living in recovery from substances.
"We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholic." In the book Alcoholics Anonymous, it states that this is the first step in our recovery. How I learned to concede was a long and tedious process of repeated attempts to regain some form of control and direction in my daily life, while enduring continued failures, and repeated disappointments to myself and those around me.
The opioid addiction crisis gripping the nation has been bad enough but now drug officials and first responders increasingly see cases of heroin mixed with the powerful analgesic fentanyl.
No one imagines having to deal with a loved one who is struggling with addiction. But the reality is that millions of people suffer from the disease, and it can happen to anyone. Many of today’s drug addictions start at the home medicine cabinet, not on the streets. We are now seeing hardcore substances like heroin pop up in affluent suburbs and impacting families that would seem most out of reach from addiction.
If you’re ready to enter a sober living home, perhaps you’re wondering whether to stay in your local area or whether to go out of state or even abroad. Of course, there are many types of sober living homes to choose from, depending upon your needs and financial condition. You can go to a facility that provides the bare minimum, making cost of treatment less expensive. Or you might want the luxuries of participating in a more expensive sober living home.
We know "The War on Drugs" isn't working and we need a new approach. A new report from the US Surgeon General’s office urging the government and health bodies to recognize substance abuse as a mental health issue, not a criminal one, might just be the answer.
We are all complicated individuals. Our psychological makeup varies substantially and significantly impacts every aspect of our lives. Thankfully today emotional difficulties are more widely shared, making it at least slightly easier to navigate the troubled waters of dealing with an emotional disturbance with someone you love.