Living with an active addiction is a lot like living in an alternate reality.  Substance abuse can create profound mental changes that affect how you perceive yourself as well as those around you.  This can happen as a result of mental illness or simply because you are often too inebriated to observe people and circumstances accurately.  Abusing drugs and alcohol is also a major distraction from pretty much every other aspect of life. After years of substance abuse, you may feel like you don’t know who you are as a sober person.  While this feeling can be intimidating, getting to know yourself and your relationships is one of the best parts of recovery.

Many people with addiction build their lives around their substances.  After existing for years with a schedule that revolved around acquiring drugs or alcohol, it can be daunting to suddenly be faced with so much free time in sobriety.  This, however, is when the real fun and transformation can begin. Now that you are no longer numbing your pain nor your passion, you can start to discover what brings you joy in life.  By finding new activities that challenge your body and mind, you will finally have the freedom to find out what you are good at and how you can incorporate those talents into your life. Many people make careers of their passions, but under the influence of drugs and alcohol, it is unlikely you were ever able to pursue your full potential.

Free Yourself of That Which No Longer Serves You

Sobriety also means discovering who belongs in your life and who should be released.  Genuine relationships are difficult to cultivate in active addiction, but in sobriety, you will find yourself drawn to people who lift you up and push you forward.  The best friendships have a way of bringing out your most impressive qualities, and through honest human connections, you will begin to see yourself in a flattering new light.  Addiction usually involves a great deal of self-loathing, but a sober lifestyle can help you foster self-love and become proud of who you are.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  We use an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor, you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.