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Alcoholism in the State of WashingtonToo often, people think that recovery is simply stopping the use of drugs or alcohol. However, recovery is much more than that. When a person stops the use of drugs or alcohol without ever identifying what provoked drug abuse in the first place, they are more likely to revert back to addictive behaviors. So, while it’s not easy, it’s important to work on identifying these issues throughout recovery. And, developing the acceptance and gratitude needed to gain lasting healing in recovery.

Recovery Doesn’t Happen Overnight

It’s easy to assume that you will change when you stop using drugs or alcohol. However, the change that occurs to those in recovery doesn’t happen overnight. Nor does it happen without self-reflection and adapting to a new lifestyle of balance. Just because you are dry (not using/clean), doesn’t mean you are sober! To become truly sober, one must learn to live sober by experiencing the stages of recovery.

Stage One: The Clean/Dry Stage

Obviously, the first stage of recovery is stopping the use of drugs or alcohol. But, more often than not, a person has already begun to experience the consequences of an addictive lifestyle before stage one begins. During this stage, relationships may be broken, jobs may be lost, the body hasn’t fully healed, and every day in recovery may seem like a struggle. Unfortunately, many in this first stage may look at the challenge of recovery instead of finding hope in the process. But, when a person is truly motivated and understands that recovery is a journey, they may move on to stage two.

Stage Two: The Sober Stage

During this stage of recovery, a person may begin to work on identifying the underlying issues that may have resulted in addiction. And, may also work on addressing the consequences of their past addictive lifestyles. So, during this stage, people begin to bandage broken relationships, experience the healing of their bodies, and even feel more positive about their recovery.

Stage Three: The Grateful Stage

Finally, the last stage of recovery incorporates a feeling of gratitude. Rather than struggling with every day in recovery, a person in this stage will feel thankful for each new day. And, see every relationship as a chance to serve. Furthermore, those in this stage will begin to push themselves to new heights, bettering their lifestyle to incorporate healthy habits.

All in all, recovery isn’t something that happens to just everyone who stops using drugs or drinking. It’s something that takes time, commitment, and even struggle. But, remember, nothing good in life comes to those who wait or aren’t willing to take what is theirs! If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, contact us today.

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