I had to change my views about recovery (after 10 years of sobriety).

I came into sobriety via a “cold turkey” 12 step program approach. This approach worked for me, I will say that I had two years of relapse before I could finally get stick to sobriety. While those years of relapse where tough, they were all a part of my recovery. The first meeting that I attended, was the most impactful meeting that I have ever ben to. On that day, I was totally defeated, my using gig was up and I was seeking help.

My personal view for what recovery I has changed a lot since I started Suntra Modern Recovery. I have learned that recovery is not linear and there is no one way. I am a big support of 12 step programs, and for me attending a lot of meetings has been the key to my recovery.

I now know that there are many more options to recovery; I have opened my mind to medically assisted treatment, something that I would have viewed as “swapping one drug for another” is the right treatment for a whole lot of people.

Continuous sobriety and recovery are not the same thing. For many people and for 12 Step programs sobriety is the only definition of recovery. Sobriety might be a goal of recovery, but the transition from full blown addiction to sobriety, cold turkey, is very difficult. Recovery is the path to getting sober.

Taking away any barriers to entering recovery is important; current addition treatment philosophy is, “A person is in recovery when they say that they are”. Recovery starts the moment that someone acts on making a change. The first meeting that they go to, the first time they seek medical help, the first program that they enter — that is the day that recovery starts. It may not be the day that continuous sobriety starts, but in might very well be the most important day in the life of someone recovering.

Let’s open our minds to the journey that is as individual as the person on the journey. Journeys of just starting out in sobriety, journeys though medical assisted treatment, journeys of tip-toeing in and out of sobriety, the journey of harm reduction — they are all on the path of recovery.

Adam Banks is a certified recovery coach and interventionist at Suntra Modern Recovery.  He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and built a company which United Health Care acquired. He learned his rigor and attention to detail from his career as an airline pilot, holding an ATP, the FAA’s highest license.

Suntra Modern Recovery provides medical treatment for alcohol and opiate addictions via video visit with medical doctors. Suntra’s alcohol and drug intervention services are available in New York, Long Island, and the Hamptons. Treatment for opiate and heroin addiction, including Suboxone treatment, can start today.

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