Addiction is complex disease that changes the way your brain functions. When you use drugs or alcohol, you are at high risk of growing dependent on them. Using drugs or alcohol more frequently and in higher doses puts you at risk of developing an addiction to them. Addiction can lead to severe health conditions, such as heart attack, liver failure, overdose, and early death.
Addiction makes it difficult for a person to stop using drugs or alcohol due to the physical and physiological dependency. Ending drug or alcohol use can cause severe withdrawals. A person experiencing withdrawals might turn back to using drugs or alcohol to alleviate the painful withdrawal symptoms. Trying to get sober can be overwhelming, and taking sobriety “one day at a time” can be less stressful than saying “never use again.”
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) preaches “one day at a time” and states, “We try to follow what we in A.A. call the “24-hour plan.” We concentrate on keeping sober just the current twenty-four hours. We simply try to get through one day at a time without a drink.”
Journaling helps to prioritize goals and responsibilities and track setbacks and improvements, one day at a time. When you keep a journal in recovery, you can identify triggers and avoid high-risk situations. Keeping a journal allows you to focus on the present and not ruminate in the past. Concentrate on how you feel about past events, in the present.
Group meetings allow you to share experiences with others and form new, sustainable relationships. In recovery, it is important to have a network of people to call on when facing challenges. New, sober friends encourage sobriety and can enjoy fun, healthy, activities without drugs or alcohol.
Recovery from addiction is one day at a time and is a life-long process. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help today. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Recovery from addiction does happen.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking that they don’t have any.” ~Alice Walker
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