We Can’t Do It Alone
Recovering from drugs and alcohol is one of the hardest things a person will ever do in their lives. Furthermore, it’s all but impossible to do alone. Drugs and alcohol are so powerful that they can hijack and rewire brain chemistry. And when a person has a genetic predisposition to addiction, that’s exactly what they do. How, then, are we supposed to take the power back when something else has control of us? It’s like trying to use a broken tool to fix itself. We need people around us who know us. They know our goals and are willing to hold us accountable. They know our habits and aren’t afraid to call us out when something seems off. These are the people who make up our sober support network.
Early in recovery, your sober support network might be rather small. Many of us alienated a lot of family and friends when we were out in our active addictions. Some of those folks might not be ready to trust us and that’s completely understandable. However, there may be some close to you and who you trust that also know you’re trying to get sober and are willing to help. You might also have a therapist or a counselor in early recovery who is willing to take a text or call off-hours if necessary. And the women and men of Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step groups are always there to help the newcomer-in-need. The more time you spend actively working on recovery, the more your network will grow. In fact, in short order, people with less time than you will be looking to you for support.
The Real Benefits of a Sober Support Network
In the beginning, you’ll be giving members of your sober support network a call if you’re feeling cravings. Or perhaps you’ll need a more level head to test some ideas out on. However – and this will happen soon after you become the one helping the newcomers – you’ll find that these are really two-way streets. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous tells us that we can only keep what we have by giving it away. This is where the magic happens. This is where we start to realize that we are part of an actual network. We are a part of something bigger, working toward a common goal, and making life better for everyone. These are the real benefits of the sober support network.
Real Courage Means Asking for Help
Ocean Recovery has been successfully treating substance use and eating disorders since 2002. Our nationally-recognized Newport Beach, California facility features a holistic approach, treating the “whole person” and attacking mental health conditions from all angles. We offer individual and group counseling sessions, along with addiction education, nutritional therapy, yoga, and more If you or someone you know is suffering from unhealed trauma, please consider giving us a call today. Ocean Recovery would be honored to be part of your sober support network. Real courage means asking for help. Ocean Recovery is ready to answer.