re·cov·er·y - rəˈkəv(ə)rē/ noun
1. A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
2. The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.
There are many ways to recover from addiction. I honor every single one, and understand that what worked for one may not work for everyone. I personally recovered through the12-steps, and think they are the cat's miau. The steps are designed to break the mental patterns that keep us stuck in addiction, connecting us to a new way to perceive things and "do life". I needed this type of program because self-reliance (which is needed in some programs like SMART) was unavailable to me. I had to put the boxing gloves down and surrender to a process I did not understand -- but that ultimately taught me to be the highest version of myself.
If you are new to recovery, you may want to explore the different options available. Click on the name of the program to go the sites and do some digging. You may want to try the 12 Steps, SMART, Y12SR, Refuge Recovery, intensive therapy work, Recovery 2.0 or a mix of the above. Whatever you do, though, get connected to a program. Addiction is a cunning, baffling, sneaky and impossible to tackle on your own. It is vital to have a program for recovery, get clear instructions on what to do, and connect to a fellowship of human beings like you.
As a Recovery Coach, I am here to support you on your journey. However, you have to do the work for yourself.
If you haven't yet, grab some popcorn and watch the documentary above. It is an incredible piece produced by my talented friends in Dallas. I am so grateful to have been a part of it. When you are done watching, come back and dig deeper into the team behind it, and find more stories of recovery by clicking here.
If you want to hear an explanation of the 12-steps, check out the audios below. These are talks by one of my favorite sober sisters in the world, Caroline M. These are not a replacement for getting your tail to a Big Book study AA meeting, but they are a great resource for when you are studying the steps. Get the online version of the Big Book here.
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