By Jason Hyland
My life back in July of 2017 was very different from how it is today. I was suffering, depressed and suicidal. I was a mess! The grip of my addiction disorder had become so powerful that I didn’t recognize my broken life. My days were spent fighting off misery when I deprived my body of the alcohol or drugs it had become accustomed to. The people in my life had no idea how deeply my addiction ran or how stuck I was. I was headed for rock bottom.
Fast forward to today, and my life and body have been renewed. My story may be similar to yours, or it may be completely different, but there is one thing I can tell you for certain: there is always hope. With hope, resources and determination, anyone can change their life.
Here are a few things I’ve learned on my own journey of recovery that might help you:
- Involve your loved ones in your recovery and health decisions as much as possible. Although you must make the choice to get healthy, you don’t have to do this all alone. Your family and close friends can encourage you to enter treatment. They can also help you decide if you need medical care during your detox process. Involving those you love can strengthen and extend the benefits of your treatment. As they learn how to help you, they may also be able to assist by providing a temptation-free environment for you to recover in. Walking this road with people who care about you can make all the difference.
- Give yourself the strongest advantage in recovery. Take some time to research your condition; learn what is helpful and what is not. Find out the science behind why addiction disorder can change your brain chemistry, and use this information to make decisions about who you spend your time with and how you care for your body. Treat your whole person, realizing your addiction disorder is much more than just a physical condition. Engage in therapy that is available to you, instead of just listening and checking it off your list. Play an active role in your recovery, and you will make progress.
- Keep moving forward! Recovery from a chronic condition is a lifelong journey, but I’m living proof that you will achieve things beyond your wildest dreams if you just keep taking steps forward. Give yourself permission to dream again. As you re-enter old environments or situations, such as the workforce, remember that others have taken these steps before you and made it, so you can too.
Every morning, you have a new chance. You really can overcome adversity, accept and learn from your past and become better than you were yesterday. Please feel free to visit my website for resources and encouragement, and don’t forget to check out my book Stop Thinking Like That.