The challenges of staying sober

Staying sober can be a daily struggle, but it is possible.

The hardest part of trying to get sober is said to be in the very beginning. Depending on the length of the addiction, those first weeks of learning to stave off cravings and keeping out of touch with those who cause you to fall can be treacherous; but if you truly want to know life on the other side of the glass pipe it is 100% do-able.

A good example of this is Coleen’s story:

Meth is truly an evil drug i was and always will be an addict but today I have a little over 5 years clean and it is amazing . But in the beginning it all just seemed so hopeless . It was like whats the point. The streets , drugs and all that comes with that lifestyle is all I’ve ever known since I was 13 . But if you believe in yourself and you want it bad enough you can overcome it. I don’t think ill ever be “over it” as far as meth goes( i think ) there will always be that craving just waiting to try and drag you back down if you allow it . I got thrown in a nut hut in San Bernardino where I detoxed cold turkey for 2 weeks before i got put into an outpatient treatment and even after those 2 weeks of hell on earth all I cold think of was just wait till I get out of here !

Point is, I didn’t go back and now I’m a nurse on my way to becoming an RN and i want to work in mental health; imagine! Anyways for anybody that’s trying to stop and wanting to get help, its hard but its worth it ! It seems a little boring at first but you’ll grow to relish that peace and security!

While the cravings may never fade completely for some, they do become less over time. Learning to put your desire to be clean ahead of your desire to get high is a lesson many addicts stumble with in the process of learning to stay clean.

Learning to recognize when you’ve fallen and being able to pick yourself up and move forward is also key to recovery. Dr Psych talks about this process of falling in his own life on his addiction blog.

I only used a little bit that day. I’d been off the stuff for almost 3 months, and I didn’t need a lot to get high. I also wanted to save enough for next “workday.” I was back to using daily within 5 minutes. By New Year’s Eve that year, I was smoking with an ex-customer in the corner of her bedroom before her guests showed up for the yearly party. I ended the night bored at an ecstasy party with half-naked friends giving each other backrubs. This time, I knew something was wrong.

Today he is four years into a well-respected graduate program in psychology and writing a book about his experiences.

Using your experience to help others with their addiction and turning a negative into a positive is one of the most powerful things you can do. Not only does it give others encouragement it helps in your own healing process.

Recovery is hard work, but living life sober is well worth the effort.

Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not possible.