The Self-Destruction of Addiction
Addictive behaviors tear apart some of our closest relationships. Family, friends, co-workers; all suffer from our isolation and self-destruction. The relationship that is neglected the most, is usually the one with ourselves. No longer are we nurturing or caring about our needs, those come last, addiction comes first. This is not by choice. Addiction is a disease that is uncontrollable. Seemingly what only makes us feel better, is actually what is destroying us. Addiction forces us to lead an extremely suspicious existence, led by lies, deceit, and betrayal to hide the issue in its early stages. These actions keep us secluded and quickly turn into anxiety, guilt, and disappointment, with no one to turn to except back to addiction. Physical pain, mental anguish and finding relief through addictive behaviors, only continue this vicious cycle.
Accepting Sobriety As The Only Solution
Managing the ups and downs of addiction is exhausting. Not only is your body and mind deteriorating during this time of self-destruction, the willpower and desire to make a change becomes farther from reality. For addicts, there is no middle ground between using and sobriety. It’s an all-in or all-out mentality. The disease will eventually breakthrough into a full-blown issue when an addict is trying to maintain a lower level of use, to overcome day to day stress. Once we accept our downfalls and give ourselves up to someone that can help, the burden of addiction can be met head-on. The accountability of speaking with a therapist, going to AA/12 Step meetings and/or checking in with a sponsor, allows you to redefine your self-worth through this process. Over time you will no longer be afraid to be alone, as you will develop the tools necessary for successful recovery.
Service To Others Redefines Yourself
The skills learned during recovery promote compassionate and fulfilling relationships within yourself and with others. Many individuals in the program find it rewarding by helping others. Developing positive relationships through volunteer work, mentoring or being a sober companion to an addict, allows us to find a purpose that serves as a genuine offset to the once destructive path we were on. Some graduates of Prescott House become AA/12-Step sponsors. A sponsor has no established guidelines, though one to two years of sobriety provides a foundation that you are committed to remaining connected to your recovery. Many graduates of Prescott House go on to pursue degrees and licenses in the field of addiction recovery. These men find a passion in helping others who are dealing with struggles similar to the ones that they once faced.
Supported By A Positive Recovery Network
Growing with others while in recovery allows for you to develop a new inner circle that isn’t associated with your history of using, rather your history of successful recovery. Surrounding yourself with those aware of your success allows you to continue down the path of a fulfilling life. Sharing these successes with your family along the way will also allow for you to develop a relationship with the positive person you have now become, rather than holding the resentment towards the addict you were before. Furthermore reaching out to the peers and enablers of your once addicted past may help shed a light in their life towards a sober, healthy, recovery.
Restoring Men’s Lives
At Prescott House, we are dedicated to providing the tools needed to recover from a life destroyed by addiction. Our program focuses on reintegrating men to be a productive member of society and establish meaningful relationships. Speak with us regarding our program @ (866) 425-4673