Keeping an open mind is one of the most important decisions you can make in recovery, regardless of what direction you choose to go on your personal Get Sober & Stay Sober Journey…
For many of us, the end of a year or the beginning of a new one signifies renewal and change. The tradition of making resolutions for the year to come is common to many of us. For the person struggling with addiction and substance use, it can represent an excellent reason or motivation to stop engaging in the behavior that is having a negative impact on their life.
Changing any behavior, whether a good one or bad, is never easy! Changing a behavior is hard work and it takes strength & resolve! Resolving to get more exercise or finding time for an old hobby is difficult enough. How on earth is someone who is addicted to a substance or behavior expected to make a lasting change? Where do they even begin? It can be a bit overwhelming even to think about it…
Letting go of an addictive behavior is definitely possible! We see this miracle take place daily here at beautiful Mountainview Recovery in Weaverville, North Carolina. The beginning of a new year is as good a time as any to make this change! If you are still struggling with the decision to get sober in 2020, it may be helpful to take a really objective, practical look at the pros and cons of stopping an addiction. Stop the addiction, before the addiction stops you, literally. Too many overdoses are happening daily right in front of America’s eyes. For someone who has not struggled with addiction or isn’t a part of the “recovery community” as a whole, its most likely obvious that it’s worth stopping, but an addicted person’s thinking is usually distorted when it comes to the substance or behavior that is causing them problems in the first place. Here at Mountainview Recovery in North Carolina, we find that writing out the ways a behavior is damaging and why it should stop is helpful for someone who is still “on the fence” of whether they are ready to make a lifestyle change, or remain in bondage. Decide to Get Sober & Stay Sober in 2020. There, we made the decision easier for you! One of the best things someone who wants to change an out of control behavior can do is reach out for help. This initial action is one of the most important steps in directing someone with an addiction toward lasting, life-long, positive change that impacts not only the addict or alcoholic’s life, but the lives that individual will touch and/or change over the course of their recovery journey.
Five Excellent Reasons to Get Sober & Stay Sober In 2020 & Beyond
- It’s a great way to start the year: 2020 is here, and the beginning of the year is a great time to make a positive change. With a fresh start, you can leave drugs and alcohol (and all the harmful behaviors that come with it) in 2019.
- Improve your relationships: Addiction is a family disease, and it’s no secret that getting high takes a toll on your loved ones. Getting sober will not only improve your relationships with family and friends; it’ll help you connect with the people you meet on a deeper level.
- Boost your self-esteem: Getting clean improves your relationships, and the most important relationship is the one that you have with yourself. Doing one good thing for yourself (like getting sober) can boost your self-confidence and keep you focused on personal growth while moving forward, one day at a time.
- Be a good example for others: Whether it’s a child, sibling or an old friend, we all know someone who could use a positive role model. Getting clean and sober shows others that you’re strong, dependable and someone they can look up to.
- Learn who you really are: Drugs and alcohol can get in the way of knowing ourselves. One of the best parts of recovery is being able to make a choice…an actual free choice, of who we want to be or who we want to work towards becoming in 2020 & beyond.
Making the Decision To Get Sober In 2020
There are a multitude of ways in which people achieve sobriety. Choosing a great drug rehab facility, withdrawal management or “detox center,” sober living, or a support group can feel overwhelming. This is one of the benefits of reaching out to our wonderful, caring and compassionate staff here at Mountainview Recovery for help. Having support during the process of making these decisions early on can make it a smoother, less stressful experience.
Once you’ve made the decision to stop using alcohol or other substances, you should determine whether or not withdrawal management, also known as, medical detoxification, is necessary, before entering the treatment program. For those addicted to alcohol, opiates/opioids, benzodiazepines, or barbiturates this is usually a good idea. Getting through the physical detox period of these substances is difficult and can be fatal depending on the duration and quantity of the drug being used. An assessment should be made by a medical professional if one of these substances is being used.
Inpatient Residential Treatment: Help To Get Sober
Once detoxed, many find that entering a residential treatment center is the best idea. A residential treatment center can offer guidance and structure that may be crucial for someone who has recently stopped engaging in their addiction. Underlying mental health issues can be addressed, and reestablishing positive habits, behaviors, and routines can make a big difference in achieving lasting sobriety.
This is also the period that many people begin exploring options for maintaining sobriety. There are multiple options available. The 12-Steps are the most well known program for maintaining a recovery-oriented lifestyle, but they are not a good fit for everyone.
SMART Recovery is a newer recovery program that has been very effective in helping people achieve long-term recovery. With its roots in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, SMART meetings are held internationally. They offer a program that deals with addictions of all types, from gambling and food to drugs and alcohol. Many find the logical, non-faith based approach that SMART takes to be one of it’s biggest attractions.
These may be the two most popular support organizations for those with addiction right now, but that doesn’t mean that they are essentials to a recovery lifestyle. There are a variety of ways that people maintain recovery. The most important thing to remember when checking out these options is to just keep an open mind. If there is something that seems useful or makes sense, hold on to that piece. You can discard what is not applicable or useful.
Deciding to seek help at a residential treatment center is another exercise in reaching out. It means you have a treatment team ready to provide support as you begin your new life. It also means you will have other people who have chosen a sober life to interact with. The relationships people build with one another while in treatment offer another type of support that frequently extends beyond residential care.
Get Sober & Stay Sober: What Should I Do Now?
Realizing that you or someone you love needs help with drugs or alcohol is scary and overwhelming. Doing research and talking to professionals helps you understand what you should be doing. No matter where you are emotionally, mentally or physically, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (833) 489-4460 (or use the live chat button on the bottom right of our website for immediate help). The person at the other end has most likely been in your shoes before. Their story and thousands of others prove that you can do this. You’re not alone.Addiction is a complex disease and quitting takes more than good intentions. Whether you’re just noticing the problem or you need a fresh approach, never be afraid to reach out for help. (It’s much scarier not to).
- Research and read as much as you can online (knowledge is power)…
- Talk with professionals discreetly and others in your same situation that ARE NOT STILL USING…
- Go to (or encourage if not using) drug treatment that actually has you and your loved ones’ best interest at heart
Meaning and Purpose For Getting Sober: Healthy Expectations
Once unintoxicated, clean and sober, many people find they are missing a sense of meaning and purpose. So many feel like they are coming out of a fog and are without direction or hope. Even those who managed to retain a strong sense of self, duty, or obligation may find themselves questioning these things once they are no longer actively using. This is a unique and personal experience for everyone. While these feelings and thoughts can be unsettling, they should be explored, not avoided. This is a key part of establishing solid footing on the new road you are walking; a firm foundation that can be built on for decades to come… get deciding which direction you are headed!
The best way to get your questions answered or get advice specific to your situation is to reach out. The conversations we have here at Mountainview Recovery are 100% confidential and you don’t have to be committed to coming here or committed to getting treatment to talk to someone. It is 100% for your benefit…most of the time the open, honest conversation helps both parties (you and our staff member)…
The Mountainview Recovery Help & Chat Lines Are:
- Available 24/7/365
- Answered by people who have been there before (people who have been in your shoes and have empathy)
- The best resource to get help quickly & efficiently
Regardless of what direction you choose to go on your sober journey, it is important to keep an open mind. It’s a journey of exploration and discovery! Keep an open mind & enjoy the ride!
Call (833) 489-4460 To Begin The Conversation Today! Regain Your Life. Make An Impact In The Lives Of Those You Know That May Be Struggling With Addiction and/or Alcoholism. Let Us Help. Mountainview Recovery offers treatment to those struggling with drug and alcohol abuse including addictions to opioids and non-opioid medications, heroin, fentanyl, prescription opioids, cocaine, crystal meth, benzodiazapenes (like Xanax and Valium) and alcohol. Using advanced addiction recovery techniques, Mountainview Recovery extends its addiction rehabilitation services to individuals throughout North Carolina including, but certainly not limited to, Asheville, Weaverville, Alexander, Mars Hill, Hendersonville, and Waynesville, North Carolina.