One of the tenets associated with the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is that you’ll eventually progress in your recovery to a point that you stop fighting anything or anyone. As a result of the spiritual awakening found on your journey to lifelong sobriety, you will be newly free to live a life that doesn’t revolve around drugs or alcohol. Along the way, you’ll discover that your daily reality does not have to be a struggle with intrusive thoughts and negative emotions.
Addiction Can Bring Out the Worst in You
Though addiction will eventually affect every aspect of a user’s health and well-being, many people who start experimenting with substance use assume they’re somehow immune to these issues. By the time you realize you need to make a change, the self-destructive behavior has become so ingrained in your life that it’s a nearly insurmountable challenge to quit drinking or using on your own.
Because substance abuse changes your brain’s reward pathways, an activity that used to be merely relaxing gradually develops into a compulsion – something you must do to feel “normal.” As your illness progresses, you might lie or steal to further your pursuit of your next drink or dose. Arguments with loved ones can also become a regular occurrence when a substance use disorder worsens, as they urgently try to convince you to seek help and you angrily refuse to admit the problem exists. While fighting everyone and everything might not be a typical personality trait for you, substance misuse can crush your spirit and make you lose sight of all your other goals in life.
Realizing a Substance Use Disorder Doesn’t Define You
Despite all the harmful things you might have said and done during an active addiction, you can learn to rise above the tension and emotional upheaval and redefine your relationships with friends and family members you’ve hurt along the way.
In group and individual therapy, you’ll hone your communications skills and become a more well-rounded person. Once you accept every day doesn’t have to bring a new fight with drugs or alcohol, you can enjoy a simpler life with fewer conflicts and more happiness.
Live Life on Your Terms
Substance abuse traps you in a seemingly endless cycle of negativity and guilt. If you’re ready to stop fighting an uphill battle with drugs or alcohol and reach a place of spiritual serenity, entering treatment could be your ideal path to wellness. At Canyon Crossing, we will teach you to replace your inner turmoil with peace and joy.
Now is the time to commit to a fresh start – one in which addiction doesn’t control how you behave or view yourself. Break free of the urge to drink or use and make a permanent change at our women’s-only rehab facility in Prescott, AZ. Contact us today to learn more about giving yourself the gift of sobriety.