I learned we’re born with this innate happiness and joy and our natural state is to feel peaceful, just be being happy and content with right now. So I thought if this is how we’re born then it only gets covered up by these blocks in our thinking and with what we’re taught when we’re growing up. Once you take that away, you can find yourself, and it’s pretty amazing.
Often addiction is a symptom of a deeper problem. To offer the best treatment option for individuals, their specific issues must be understood and addressed. A cookie cutter approach to addiction treatment just doesn’t work.
Many get sober through 12-step programs. These are self-help programs based on attending meetings that are peer supported and peer lead. Individuals “work” the 12-steps to find sobriety and have a sponsor, someone more advanced in their own recovery, who helps them through the recovery process.
PAWS can feel like a rollercoaster of emotions and symptoms. Being aware that these symptoms may occur can help to be prepared for them. Knowing that they usually don’t last for more than a day or two makes them bearable and less frightening.
Relapse after substance abuse treatment is common. Unfortunately, some people go to multiple programs investing both time and resources in their quest for sobriety. So often, sobriety, when it is achieved, doesn’t last.