The Power of Acceptance: Embracing Change for a Brighter Future
At Serenity Vista, the premier luxury private-pay rehab retreat in Panama, we help recovering drug addicts and alcoholics with complete transformation of their lives. We combine nearly a half century of treatment expertise, a deeply compassionate staff, and highly individualized holistic programs. Above physical sobriety and beyond freedom from addictive behavior, we take addiction recovery to the next level by offering a transformative recovery experience not found elsewhere.
Naturally a renewed, healthy, and sober life sounds wonderful to anyone struggling from alcoholism or drug addiction. And while a fresh and substance-free life is indeed a well-earned reward, by its very nature, it represents a major life change.
Let's face it. Change is tough. Even if the change is positive, it is never easy. Most people resist or avoid it altogether, and they tend to get comfortable with life as it is. This is one of the primary struggles for recovering addicts. But those who learn to dance gracefully with change are the ones who overcome. When on the exciting but change-laden road to recovery, it is essential to learn how to unlock personal coping skills, how to navigate change, and set realistic expectations.
And as all addicts must learn early in recovery, Step One is a firm reminder that getting help is essential. "We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.” With this first crucial step, as much as you tell yourself you’re in control, Step One requires addicts to accept that they are not. You can’t go it alone. But with help, you can complete the journey.
As you do, it’s important to help those around you understand and embrace the changes you’re going through. In early recovery, many friends and family worry. Again, as most people fear change, they tend to approach a recovering addict’s new lifestyle with fear, doubt, or disbelief. Family members, often unconvinced that these new changes are positive, will unwittingly sabotage early efforts at recovery.
This deep resistance to change is just as true at work as at home. Co-workers may show discomfort or even disdain in the face of a fellow worker who is recovering from addiction and making major adjustments to his or her life. Fearful supervisors might sense these big changes, and wrongfully perceive them as possible problems on the horizon.
Finally, in social circles, an addict can almost invariably expect numerous changes in friends while overcoming addiction. New circles emerge as addicts move from addiction to sobriety, and they find themselves in the company of supportive friends in the place of enablers. And while some true friends will remain loyal and supportive during the transformation, recovering addicts can count on finding many new faces and new friends on the other side.
In either case - at home, work, or with friends - communication is key. Just as a recovering addict must manage his or her own expectations, it’s vitally important that while in flux they help friends and family manage theirs. Bystanders must understand that recovering addicts needs time, space, and encouragement on their path to freedom. They need a measure of flexibility and patience from others, and it’s important for recovering addicts to request that from those around them.
If you’re on the verge of transition, and need help managing the many difficult changes required to overcome addiction, contact us today.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~ Alan Watts
Serenity Vista international alcohol & drug addiction rehab will guideyou through your process of change, powerful real change that will be a tremendousgift to you and your loved ones!
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