Many Roads lead to Recovery.
Whatever your faith or lack thereof:
Whether you believe in this or that or the other (or not), Recovery (at least in my experience) will take persistence, perseverance and (in my case) shared courage.
I thought I was in it for the long haul when I first got clean & sober 23 years ago. Yet eight years & several relapses preceded my 15 years of continuous sobriety.
There are many roads that may lead one to a successful, satisfying and sustainable recovery and many questions that will crop up along the way:
Must you hit bottom first?
Is abstinence only the only answer?
Is harm-reduction hypocrisy in disguise or a spin-off of the Hippocratic Oath?
What about MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)?
Faith-based or evidence-based Recovery?
What will best help each individual on their Road to Recovery?
I seem to have few, if any answers for someone new to Recovery, but here are a few that may well be first considerations:
Where are you at now?
What do you need?
What do you want?
What are your hopes and dreams?
What is your plan?
Let's make a plan.
Who? What? When? Where? Why? & How?
What are your options? Are there better options? Have you considered this? Or that? Or an other?
What are your short-term plans? Long-term plans?
What are your obstacles? How might you overcome them?
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." - Albert Einstein
Everything that precedes this quote by Einstein is an over-simplification. Recovery is complex, irreducibly complex. Recovery is different for every person.
Find your joy.
Celebrate a life in Recovery.
Yours, Mine, Ours.
"It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." - John Andrew Holmes
Without OTHERS, my Recovery would be un-doable & un-sustainable. In no time flat, I would be replaced by a Relapse (and unknown consequences leading up to and likely including death).
With the help of OTHERS (this is a very partial list) these are some of the stops on my trip to my life of Recovery:
AtlantiCare Hospital (countless times)
Homeless Buddies in & out of Recovery (homeless twice)
Atlantic City Detox (back-in-the-day, twice)
Lakewood Hospital (extended stay)
Atlantic City Rescue Mission (twice, once sober, once not)
and with a Host of OTHERS, I have remained Clean & Sober....
Let me end by saying "THANKS!" to You and All the Many OTHERS without whom I would not even be here today!!!
Recovery is doable, sustainable, irreplaceable.
Share the Riches of your Recovery.
I'd like to suggest that you consider donating some of your time &/or money to a favorite charity.
(I am a John Brooks Recovery Center volunteer and have donated $10 to Jim's Birthday Fundraiser for John Brooks Recovery Center - A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation).
Share the Wealth.
"Nothing matters more than that we remain sober because when we remain sober everything matters more."