The day before going to rehab is filled with so many questions, wonders, worries, and every other emotion mixed in.
Nearly every time I go to the doctor, for whatever reason, the first question from the nurse is always: “Are you on any medications?” And, my response is always, “No, I do not take any medications,” which is always followed up by, “so you don’t take any medications or supplements for anything?”…
Now, now don’t go thinking I’m going to sit here and bash other forms of treatment. Well, maybe replacement therapy like suboxone, but that’s about it. My best friend recovered utilizing the 12-Step Program, as have many of my friends, among other forms of treatment, so nothing bad to say here. The other forms just weren’t for me and I want to tell you why because maybe it’s the same for you.
Each and every time I would decide that being sober may be a good idea, I absolutely dreaded having to go through the withdrawals. The unbearable sweating, shaking, sleepless nights and every other wretched symptom that goes along with detoxing from drugs, just didn’t sound like any fun to me. And, it probably doesn’t to you either.
When it comes to solving life’s problems, there is no greater medicine than communication. Whether you’re dealing with addiction, a mental health issue or something else entirely, communication can solve literally any challenge that you’re faced with.
Do you find yourself feeling like there is no clear direction to go at the fork in the road? Yeah, we’ve all been there before. It’s that feeling of doubt. Whether you doubt yourself, your friends or something else, it’s hard to overcome it at times.
I didn’t have an answer the first time I was faced with that question either. In actuality, that question haunted me even before I entered treatment. I was terrified because I didn’t know who I was without drugs anymore. And, maybe you’re feeling the same way.
I can still remember getting off the plane, seeing palm trees, feeling the sunshine on my skin and the smell of salt in the air—I was home and it felt so good. I was high on life and excited to spread the news that I had changed my life for the better.
When it comes to getting sober, I will be the first to admit, I was hoping it was an immediate fix and for awhile I let my imagination get the best of me, so I could keep on believing just that. However, this is the farthest thing from the truth. Getting sober means work.
As the holidays roll around again this year, many in recovery may find themselves awkwardly fumbling around the kitchen feeling out of place. Either from not being there for past years or not recalling their past behavior at the dining room table.