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Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly – even after years of sobriety.

Questions abound, many of which are simple variations of one inquiry in particular:

In reality, those of us who have suffered from addiction understand that it’s an everyday battle. Unfortunately, these recent high-profile tragedies also prove that addiction is also a lifelong battle.

The following nine quotes are from former addicts who set out to show how difficult – and rewarding – living in recovery can truly be.

Jim: Executive Marketing Professional

“I’ve been clean for seven years but still think about using heroin everyday. Sometimes the thought is fleeting, but sometimes it scares me how long I think about using. Whenever it gets to be too much, I also think about the hopelessness of that time in my life. Recovery can be a struggle, but it’s a struggle that gives me my life today.”

Russell Brand: Actor, Comedian, Author

“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”

Stanly: College Professor

“I had been drinking since I was 12 or 13-years-old, and I actually managed okay as a pretty heavy drinker my whole life. One night, my son died in a car accident. Over a few days, I drank myself into a stupor. To this day, I don’t remember his funeral. When I realized I didn’t remember it, I was completely disgusted with myself and sought treatment. In recovery, I am now a present father to my two little girls, my wife and the memory of my son.”

Eric Clapton: Musician

“My identity shifted when I got into recovery.  That’s who I am now, and it actually gives me greater pleasure to have that identity than to be a musician or anything else, because it keeps me in a manageable size.”

Victoria: Stay-at-Home Mother

“Seeking treatment was not easy for me. I was a classic ‘in denial’ addict. As a stay-at-home mom, I drank wine all day, but nothing really seemed to be wrong. One day, my teenager daughter and husband had a mini-intervention with me. I felt so embarrassed and guilty. I think I was drinking because I was lonely and a bit depressed. However, the community I’ve found in recovery and through AA has been incredibly supportive. I’ve regained my happiness and heath.”

Robert Downey, Jr.: Actor

“Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.”

Nicole: Registered Nurse

“When I first started taking prescription pills, I didn’t think I had a problem. I had a good job and lots of friends. After a while though, I lost my job and slowly my friends. Thing is, I barely even noticed or cared. Finally, I got treatment after horrible withdrawals. Now that I am in recovery, I understand how blinding my addiction actually was.”

Matthew Perry: Actor

“From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism…I’ve been the lead in movies, on television shows and nominated for Emmy. But the best thing I can say about me is that people who can’t stop drinking come up to me and say, ‘Can you help me?’ And I can say, ‘Yes.’”

Bill: Military Veteran

“I’ve been in recovery for 23 years, and I’ve relapsed seven times. But, the support I get in the recovery community has helped me every time I start drinking again. No judgment, just help and support. Without my recovery program, I know I would have drank myself into an early grave every time. Recovery isn’t always easy, but it certainly beats the alternative.”

Due to the nature of addiction, recovery is an ongoing process. Because it is a chronic disease, there is no cure for it. Each individual must find.

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Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 3:13-15

Let’s face it: we weren’t born with a set of life instructions. We all need help deciphering the world—we’re trying not only to get by, but to actually thrive as well. As addicts it seems we sometimes need a little more help than the average Joe.

But God is gracious to us in giving us His Word. In the Book of Proverbs we find powerful lessons for life, for maintaining our sobriety from alcohol and for growing in holiness. Though the Proverbs were written about 3,000 years ago, they provide wise instruction, practical advice and powerful encouragement for a life in recovery.

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance … Proverbs 1:1-33

Alcoholism and addiction are not phenomena unique to our modern day. The fact that the Proverbs have so much to say about alcohol is evidence that the abuse of it is a generations-old concern and a timeless conundrum. God does not necessarily forbid alcohol—indeed He has made it available to us. But while all things are lawful for us, we must acknowledge that not all things are helpful. As alcoholics we have concluded that alcohol is not only not helpful for us, it presents a great harm.

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Proverbs 20:1

Many people can live sane and God-glorifying lives with alcohol in the mix. But for us there is no sanity where alcohol is involved. We were habitually led astray.

Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? Proverbs 6:27 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast. “They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt;they beat me, but I did not feel it.When shall I awake? I must have another drink.”  Proverbs 23:29-35

Does this look like a scene out of your drinking days? While the Bible is often criticized as outdated and irrelevant, it seems we may have more in common with Bible times than we think.

As sober people in recovery, we have been humbled and forced to learn that we cannot always trust ourselves; that left to our own we will quickly pursue our own destruction. In recovery we seek wisdom outside of ourselves and through this we become wise. God’s Word and the wisdom of our recovery community are our greatest resources for direction in right living.

Whoever trusts his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.  Proverbs 28:26

The Proverbs encourage us in our journey of sobriety and holiness. Free of alcohol and the consequences of abuse, we are free to pursue wisdom, holiness, and a life that honors God. Instead of fixating on the vine, we should turn our focus to the hive:

My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.  Proverbs 24:13-14

To become wise, we must focus on God, His Word and His instruction for our lives. The beginning of wisdom comes through recognizing who God is as the Almighty and Creator of the universe, and who we are in relation to God—His beloved creatures. This understanding guides us in the pursuit of the kind of wisdom that keeps us sober, sane and growing in God’s will and purpose for our lives.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  Proverbs 9: 10

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65 Recovery and Addiction Quotes to Help You Heal

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57 Addiction Recovery Quotes and Sayings to Live By

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Many Americans struggle with an alcohol addiction. After all, this is one of the most addictive substances in America. If your alcohol use has graduated into abuse or even an addiction, it’s time to take action. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to a wealthy array of physical and mental consequences. Quit drinking to heal your body.

You need to get your mindset in the right place to deal with an alcohol or drug addiction. If you’re having a hard time, take a look at these 8 words of wisdom from recovering alcoholics. They give you some insight into the recovery process and some tips on how to succeed.

Recovery Is Not a Problem You Can Fix by Just Working Harder

Many alcoholics don’t realize how difficult it is to get over alcohol abuse. They believe that they can manage their alcohol addiction alone by just working hard at it. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Alcoholism is not something you can just work hard to cure. For a successful recovery, you’ll likely need professional help from treatment centers.

Drug abusers and alcoholics can benefit from substance abuse treatment. Addiction treatment involves not only medical detox, but also counseling and therapy. Counseling and therapy teaches patients how to live independently and how to take care of their own mental health. All treatments are evidence-based approaches to treating an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

To defeat alcoholism, you need to gain certain skills and tools. Recovery is a lifelong journey. You’ll continue to implement skills you’ve learned at rehab and at support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous. To treat alcoholism, you need to work smarter, and not necessarily harder. Without the right tools, you’ll find yourself trying to get out of a never-ending hole.

Guard Your Sobriety with Your Life

It’s easy to let little accomplishments get to your head. Unfortunately, it’s super easy for alcoholics to relapse. In fact, 90% of alcoholics will relapse at least once in the four years following seeking alcohol treatment. An alcohol addiction is very hard to kick. It’s easy to relapse when faced with triggers and stresses.

Upon completing alcohol rehab, guard your sobriety with your life. Don’t let anyone convince you to go out for just one drink. Even when a loved one asks you to go out to celebrate, you still need to guard your sobriety. Opt for a virgin cocktail rather than an alcoholic beverage.

Many alcoholics become overconfident and think that their decision to use a certain drug or alcohol once won’t affect their sobriety. Unfortunately, this confidence is what causes many alcoholics to relapse. Just a single drink may cause them to experience mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms. This may cause them to start drinking again.

To learn how to guard your sobriety, look for treatment options that teach you how to avoid triggers. If you feel like you need more support after completing alcohol rehab, you may want to sign up for an outpatient treatment program. This gives you more time to get used to a life of sobriety and abstinence. Finding treatment programs will usually be fairly easy. Most alcoholics will continue to work with the same alcohol rehab facilities.

Branch Out of Your Comfort Zone and Try Other Ways of Sober Fun

Many alcoholics are under the assumption that the only way that they can have fun is to drink. Drinking may be all that they are used to. When recovering, it’s important to keep yourself busy and entertained. You don’t want to allow boredom to set in. This may make you turn to alcohol or other drugs, like prescription drugs.

During the withdrawal and detox process at the alcohol rehab facility, you likely participated in many activities. It’s a good idea to continue these hobbies even after you’ve left the substance abuse treatment center. For example, if you frequently participated in art therapy, buy yourself some paintbrushes and paint. Sit down and paint the landscape at a park or use your imagination to come up with a creative piece.

Keep in mind that there’s a difference between keeping busy and stuffing as many activities as possible into your schedule. Most people don’t actually like having a schedule with no free time or wiggle room. Instead, you want to sprinkle fun activities here and there throughout the week.

There are many sober activities and hobbies that can help you reach sobriety. Picking up a hobby or two will also help you become a much more well-rounded person. Consider the type of activities that you enjoyed prior to having a problem with substance abuse. Branch out of your comfort zone and try different activities.

Avoid Social Use Because It Leads to Abuse

Many recovering addicts will tell you that they got lulled into a false sense of security after being abstinent for many years. Many people who used to be high-functioning alcoholics are usually under the assumption that they can control their alcohol use. They believe that they’ll be able to stop before they develop any sort of alcohol dependence.

If there’s anything that almost all recovering alcoholics agree on, it’s that social use often leads to alcohol abuse. Sobriety is a lifelong process. Once you’ve dabbled with addiction, social drinking will almost be impossible. Social drinking will only interrupt your road to recovery.

Cut Off Toxic People and Nourish Healthy Relationships

Toxic people can be detrimental to your recovery. One of the most important skills that the treatment programs will teach you is how to cut toxic people off. It’s important to know who is a good influence in your life and who is preventing you from succeeding.

During the recovery process, you should think long and hard about the people who are around you. Learn how to cut off toxic people and remove them from your life. This can include friends who encourage you to drink or other alcoholics in your life.

On the other hand, it’s also important to recognize those who are good influences. Nourish these relationships. These people may include those who encouraged you to seek substance abuse treatment.

Have a Plan for Life After Discharge

While everything may seem fine and dandy at the rehab centers, the circumstances change drastically when you leave. Once you leave the rehab center, you no longer have as much access to as many resources and tools.

It’s vital that you choose recovery programs that focus on aftercare planning or continuing care. These programs should look at how to deal with alcoholism and drug addiction even after the rehab program is completed. It will look at the type of skills that the patient should implement whenever they feel stressed. It should also look at the type of support groups and programs that the patient should continue to participate in even after the completion of the treatment programs.

The key is to have a plan in place. Figure out where you’re going to work, what you’re going to do and where you’re going to live. Have a good idea of the places and people you should avoid.

Baby Steps Are Better than Constantly Challenging Yourself

Take baby steps in your road to recovery. Remember that this is a lifelong process that cannot be rushed. Don’t try to constantly challenge yourself day by day. This can tire you out quite quickly. Instead, take baby steps.

Try something new every week and be proud of yourself. Take baby steps. If you feel overwhelmed, take a step back. Reach out to family and friends in your support group. Go to an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Don’t beat yourself up over it.

Learn How to Forgive Yourself

When abusing alcohol or drugs, there’s a good chance that you’ve ruined several relationships. You’ve probably acted out during this time and done some things that you’ve regret. While support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, encourage you to make it up to the wronged parties, you also need to accept that they may not always forgive you.

When on the road to recovery, it’s important to learn how to forgive yourself. Holding on to the shame and guilt will only come in the way of your recovery. Take any actions you deem necessary to make amends to those you have harmed. This includes repaying money that you’ve stolen or apologizing for any harmful things you’ve said.

If you’re having a hard time forgiving yourself and letting go, write out what you’ve done. Don’t forget to include why you feel angry with yourself. Having everything written down on paper can be very therapeutic. This gives you an opportunity to be completely honest with yourself.

You can also take this time to sit down and discuss your feelings with a sponsor or a mentor. Counseling and therapy can be particularly beneficial during these times as well.

 

Examples of Fun Sober Activities and Hobbies

There are many different sober activities that can be quite fun. Step out of your comfort zone and try the following activities:

  • Go to a comedy club for a night filled with laughter and fun. Who knows? You might even end up on stage performing some day.
  • Volunteer. Volunteer work can be very fulfilling and satisfying. Find a charity or an organization that aligns with your beliefs.
  • Participate in sports or exercise. Exercise is great for the mind and the body. Join a sports team that participates or plays regularly to keep yourself preoccupied.
  • Watch a movie. Instead of focusing on your own life, get sucked into different stories.
  • Learn how to cook or practice new recipes. Cooking at home can teach you healthier eating habits. This can improve your physical health. Many people also find cooking to be very therapeutic. Best of all, the results are often delicious!
  • Meditate or practice yoga. Meditation and yoga is good for your mental health. Both can help you relax and strengthen your mind
  • Read a new book. Grow mentally and escape into another world by reading a new book. You could even read self-help books if you want to learn new habits or skills.
  • Study a new language. Sign up for classes or even pick up language-training CDs and books to learn a new language.
  • Travel. Go to a new country if you’re feeling super adventurous and a new city if you’re just looking for a new experience. You can even act as a tourist in your own city. You’d be surprised at how much you miss on a regular basis.

Taking up new hobbies and activities can be life changing. You’ll learn new habits and become a more well-rounded individual.

Band Together with Like-Minded People to Get the Support You Need

If you’re struggling with alcohol abuse or dependence, don’t hesitate to reach out to recovering alcoholics. There’s a lot of support within the community, and many recovering alcoholics are happy to provide support to newcomers. If you’re looking for a mentor, join a 12step program, like Alcoholics Anonymous. There are also plenty of other support groups around for addiction treatment and recovery.

Being around like-minded people or people in similar situations can help ease your fears on quitting. You can share personal experiences with others to give off steam. You can also learn a lot from the experiences of others as well.

Here, at New England Recovery and Wellness, we understand the importance of having a strong support group. We encourage our patients to get to know one another. Also, we host many support group meetings for patients to share personal stories and words of advice.

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