Recovery did not make my life any easier… but it did make it worth it.
You do NOT have to meet an age requirement to recognize when sobriety is in your best interest.
Many people act like it’s the end of the world because I’m not drinking, but my world is far from over because of my choice to not drink.
This might sound obvious to people who read recovery blogs, but let me be very clear: the word “therapy” is not a bad word. It saddens me that I feel I must emphasize this, but something happened to me recently that made me think, “Maybe this wasn’t so obvious.”
Being told that “letting go” is in our best interest is always one of those pieces of advice that is much easier said than done. If it were that easy, people would not be walking around with pain, heartbreak and grief.
Mental illness is, for some, the elephant in the room, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many benefits of discussing it.
It’s not always easy to recognize codependency within ourselves. It’s amazing what we can convince ourselves of when it comes to how we think we deserve to be treated, and what we consider to be normal if we were never told otherwise.
My recovery date only tells you one thing: it tells you the day that I removed the substances that I was abusing from my life. However, that date will not tell you when I started living in recovery with acceptance of my situation.
Having to explain to anyone that you have mental illness can be a tough conversation to have. So, when you must sit down with those closest to you and explain it, the conversation can take on a whole new level of difficulty.
One of the hardest things for a person to do is ask for help. Usually, the darker the secret, shame, or thought, the harder it is to say out loud. Because of this, people can lose hope that things will get better, and that the world they keep to themselves is the only reality that they can see for their life.