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Real-life Lessons from Recovery

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Real-life Lessons from Recovery

While there’s no such thing as a “do-over” button in life, there is a silver lining to some bad experiences. Mainly, you can use what you’ve learned to help others navigate a rough patch.

A recent article published by the grassroots organization Collective Evolution asked a handful of people in recovery to share their best hard-won advice when it comes to battling addiction.

Of course, everyone’s recovery journey is different – and what works for one person might not work for you – but these insights may just give you the inspiration you need to stay the sober course.

“Don’t give up after one meeting.”

Whether you decide to go the 12-step route or along an alternative addiction treatment path, the message is the same: Recovery takes time and you owe it to yourself to give it a chance.

“Be in it for yourself.”

Recovery is something you should do for you – not for a family member or friend. Along these lines, if someone is threatening your sobriety, it’s best to steer clear.

“Accept that not everyone is ready to forgive you.”

Even if you’re doing your best to make amends, not everyone who you hurt will be willing to forgive and forget. You can’t fault them, however, nor can you push the process.

“Use what you’ve learned to help others.”

While it’s important to put yourself and your recovery first, it’s also healing to help others. By doing so, “you’re taking a negative (your addiction) and turning it into something positive (helping others recover),” writes author Amanda Bartow.

Your Individual Road to Recovery

At Red Oak, we know that everyone’s journey from addiction to sobriety is different and we’re here to help guide and support you in yours. Our addiction programs utilize many paths to develop lasting change in emotional and spiritual growth. To learn more, call today: 866.457.7590.