Early recovery is a difficult period. Four men share how they changed from seeing themselves as broken to in recovery. Read More
I had a similar experience. I bounced between too many rehabs and psych wards in my mid-to-late twenties. Nothing really stuck until I decided to write my own book. By writing my novel The Go-Go Girl I felt that I was able to purge my drug fantasies and convoluted feelings. I wrote all my thoughts and feelings down and let the characters of the story live them out instead of me. I believe this is what has helped me stay clean for 4 years. I also put in the work to stay clean, but I know writing was the biggest key. Writing for yourself is the most important thing. If you can tell your story it will help you and anyone else that reads it. @kevinjamesmoore
The journey of recovery can be very different for everyone. Each of us have a different perception and a different story to tell. Writing like Kevin suggests is something that helped my brother. As a family we worked together to encourage him to write his feelings down...
He started by looking ahead at who he wanted to become, how he visualized his life after his recovery and then we created milestones for him, how did he want to feel in 1 month, in 6 months etc. It was hard for him at first but 4 years later he is almost at the end of his journey, a couple of relapses along the way but he is still reaching to be that person he wanted to be from day one. He is almost there.
I found this 'Road to recovery' which is a good resource if you want to pin point different periods throughout your journey...http://sobercollege.com/addiction-treatment-phases/road-to-recovery/...look at where you want to be at Step 4 or 5 and then revist once you have reached that goal and remind yourself of how far you have come.
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Richard Taite is CEO and founder of the Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center in Malibu, California and co-author of the book Ending Addiction for Good.
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