Continuing to use is a direct path to problems while a life in recovery is full of new opportunities. Things that I couldn’t imagine doing when I was using are now my reality.
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In recovery, the butterfly effect starts with a simple phone call. The first call is the start of a process, the first flap of the butterfly’s wings.
After a person completes treatment, there need to be changes at home. Prior to entering into recovery, there was a dynamic that allowed and perhaps even supported active addiction.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
To really change a behavior, you need to make a commitment and take action every single day. No one gets sober in a day, but you can commit to making a beginning any day you want.
To this day, Beth calls me to invite me to join her on one of her 100+ days of skiing a year.
Nevertheless, we have to prepare for the days following an intervention. Most of the time, the same thing happens: the person we intervened on will paint me as the enemy.
Often, Plan B will only last a few days. Usually after a few more episodes of using, the loved one will reach out and ask for help. A Plan B intervention can also lead to change – it just might take a bit more time.
The road to get someone into treatment is always difficult. Usually, the family has put an enormous amount of energy into just getting their loved one to the front door of the facility. But what comes after someone checks in?
Our present crisis is both a health crisis and an economic crisis. People struggling with substance use are particularly vulnerable to increased drinking (or drug use) during this time, and as a recovery coach I’m already beginning to see it in my work. I can’t say for sure if more people are having trouble, but I do know that isolating at home can be a person in recovery’s worst enemy.