Host Arlina has been clean and sober since April 23, 1994, and is dedicated to passing on the insights, tools and teachings that have helped her on her recovery journey. Having been transformed through the love and kindness of others, Arlina feels compelled to pass along the solutions that saved her from isolation and suffering. Recovery does not end with sobriety or even rehab, so it’s important to take advantage of resources that can help you maintain a substance-free future.
If it seems like being sober is all about letting go, bear in mind this doesn’t mean you will be alone. With less toxicity in your life, you open space for building healthy relationships that are genuinely supportive and nourishing. These new relationships can help you in your sobriety.
The Addicted Mind Podcast
But there’s also hope in that — I can almost see it. Facing a potential problem and getting sober is not an easy choice, but for millions of people each year it’s a necessary one. I reached out to people who were recovering from addiction and asked them to be involved in a piece about their experiences with finding strength in sobriety. Addiction does not have to be the end of the road — it can actually be a life-changing beginning.
I had completed all except two course credits for my degree within three years and spent my final year engaged in analytical chemistry research for the last two credits. I was offered a scholarship opportunity to go on to PhD studies in chemistry, but chose to continue on to med school instead. Again, in med school, I sought out and found friends who partied just like me. By this time I had been sober for three weeks and I had made plans to go for a five-day inpatient evaluation approved by the PHS director.
Identify Your Personal Triggers
You can learn more about treatment through some of our sobriety stories. Hear from real people who have struggled with substance misuse. In fact, getting sober and sustaining sobriety is easier when you have a trusted support system motivating, encouraging, and supporting you along the way. A study from Substance Abuse indicates that having support from others can improve a person’s chances of engaging in and completing detox and treatment for addiction. This guide includes the steps required to fully support the path and the journey to addiction recovery.
Now, she focuses on relationships and activities that are connective. “I enjoy dancing, hiking, and talking to people,” she shares. Triggers for drug and alcohol use are typically defined as people, places, and things that remind you of your addictive behavior or encourage the use of substances you’re trying to avoid. They don’t have to be direct triggers, sobriety stories like someone offering you the substance. Depending on the severity of the addiction or substance, a medically-supervised detox may be necessary to safely help you through withdrawal during the first few weeks when relapse risk is highest. Detox can occur in a hospital setting or as the initiation into the inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation process.
Busy Living Sober
Maybe I drank because I wanted to sleep—this is one of those things I tell myself when I’m trying to make a story of it. For many, returning to daily life after treatment means returning home to family, which is why family can be the strongest social support system. However, relationships within the family may have been impacted by substance misuse and therefore, require mending. Medical support can also wean you from certain substances slowly, helping the brain and body adjust to the loss of the substance more gradually and minimizing some withdrawal symptoms. These benefits not only ease the discomfort of the detox process, but also help to prevent relapse during this stage of treatment.
The pain that I felt in the beginning when I knew I had a problem but didn’t know the solution was so, so bad. And actually, it was that pain that caused me to be so willing to do anything for sobriety. Someone once told me, “Getting clean is easy, all you have to do is change everything.” That is one of the most profound truths I know today. A few months before quitting, I had, as they say, pulled a geographic. I left a moldy place in Seattle for a not-yet-moldy place north of the city.