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Whether Or Not You  Have to Work the Steps

When you’re suffering from addiction, it may feel like your life has no purpose.  You may have had hopes and dreams which were swept away by drugs or alcohol.  Making the decision to get help to overcome your addiction will be the best choice you ever make for yourself.  You’ll become mentally present for your loved ones and be able to do things for yourself again instead of being controlled by your disease.  It’s important to understand getting clean and sober is only the beginning of your journey.  Recovery is a maintenance program which allows you sustain long-term sobriety.  

Sobriety, while one of the most rewarding gifts you could possibly receive, is not always easy.  Nobody promises you won’t experience misfortune.  Life is full of trials and tribulations and recovery teaches you how to successfully handle difficulties which may come your way.  It is quite likely that throughout the months or years of your addiction, you did wrong upon others.  You may also have some deep-seeded resentment, potentially from childhood, which has exacerbated your addiction.

Just as nobody can force you to get clean and sober, no one can say you must work the steps.  Everything in recovery is a recommendation for your better health.  People may advocate doing certain things because it is what worked for them and thousands of others.  Working the steps frees you from your shortcomings.  It allows you to take responsibility for your own actions and stop blaming others.  The first, and one of the most important steps is admitting you are powerless over your addiction.  If you still have the slightest reserve that maybe one day you can drink or use recreationally, your sobriety may not last.  

Many people struggle in the beginning of recovery with the concept of a higher power.  They may feel as though God somehow betrayed them and caused their life to end up in shambles.  This is where taking responsibility for your shortcomings comes into place.  You are the sole decision maker of your life.  Nobody made you an addict or alcoholic.  Holding resentment against others is poisonous and will prevent you from living your life to its full potential.  Trusting that a higher power will relieve you of your imperfections and allow you to forgive others of their faults is a freeing feeling.  It is important in recovery to keep an open mind and allow yourself to experience a new way of living.  Try working the steps, and you may be pleasantly surprised by the freedom you receive.  

If you are ready to leave active addiction behind, Gardens Wellness Center can help. We can help you detox and figure out what program of treatment is right for you. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.