Writing my autobiography, No More Vodka in My Orange Juice: My Path to Clarity Way, allowed me to reflect on my own life. I am beyond grateful I was able to find recovery. Without the support of my family, friends, and treatment experiences, I wouldn’t have had the courage to take the steps toward sobriety.
Since I’ve been sober, a new world of opportunities has opened up. A fresh, positive outlook on life has allowed me to become more in touch with myself and my loved ones. It’s amazing what you can experience and accomplish when your body, mind, and soul aren’t clouded by active addiction.
The initial stage of recovery is often filled with a full cast of emotions. There is usually worry and doubt, grief and guilt. Once the brain begins to heal, however, and new neural pathways are formed, these feelings will dissipate, eventually making room for feelings of renewed hope and compassion. Once these positive feelings appear, you’ll see opportunities you may not have noticed while using drugs or alcohol.
Through my recovery, I became focused on my overall health. As a result, I gained more awareness about the foods I was eating and ultimately committed to a healthier diet containing nutrient-dense foods. After exercising while in treatment and seeing the results it produced, I began planning a more precise, personal physical activity program to keep improving the newfound strength in my body.
In addition to the physical commitments I made, I started preparing to open Clarity Way, a drug and alcohol treatment center that focuses on each client’s individual needs. Since the facility opened, we’ve had the opportunity to expand our program, adding numerous modalities and amenities as well as a separate facility designed to treat executive professionals – The Cottage at Clarity Way.
Find Your Own Way
No two people lead an identical life; the same is true for those seeking treatment and recovery. The key to successful recovery is first finding the right treatment program for you.
Recovery is not a race to the finish line. If you don’t pace yourself or take time to truly heal your entire self and understand your illness, you may ultimately end up holding yourself back from finding your path to recovery.
A significant step in recovery is being able to accept your past and approach your future with bravery and optimism. Imagine you can do anything your heart desires. Sometimes writing down your experiences, future goals, and aspirations allows you to reflect on how far you’ve come in your journey to sobriety and where you’d like to venture next. In recovery, you have endless opportunities.
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Posted on March 25th, 2016 in Blog