Getting sober from drugs and alcohol is incredibly tough work. Many people in the beginning stages of their recovery journey do not know the amount of change required of them as they get sober from drugs and alcohol. Part of this is because they do not yet understand the difference between abstinence and recovery.
As someone who has been working with people with substance use disorders for over five years, I often see the difference in recoveries when people choose a path of abstinence and those who choose to remove the negative and replace it with positive influences.
In my experience, clients who have the most success with their sobriety are those who practice recovery. When people think that getting sober is “just” stopping their substance use, they often find that they are left with a void that causes life to feel unfulfilling. They may struggle with boredom and not know how to handle problems without using substances.
People in recovery often struggle with chronic relapse patterns because they are not replacing drugs and alcohol with new healthy activities and coping skills. Recovery may seem overwhelming at first because of all the changes a person has to make, but once these changes are put into action, recovery is easier to sustain, and life has more value.
Real Recovery helps people practice recovery, not just abstinence. We help create a fulfilling life that fills the void left by drug and alcohol use. We encourage people to develop healthy hobbies that involve exercise and connecting with the great outdoors. We offer vocational counseling so that people can get jobs that give them a sense of purpose.
We also encourage residents to make meaningful connections with their peers and mentors. When people feel connected to positive hobbies, positive responsibilities, and positive supports it makes it easier to practice recovery and lead a fulfilling life.