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Be Responsible For Your Own Recovery

One of the most difficult challenges you can go through is opiate withdrawal and then dealing with the recovery journey. In my eyes, for those addicted, I see it as a rite of passage almost, because it can be a truly transformational process. One element of recovery though that is sometimes forgotten or we become complacent about as we establish support networks and rely on others to help us through the process - is the importance of being responsible and taking control of our own recovery. A big part of recovery is being responsible, self-aware and owning the journey that you are about to go on.

I believe that you need to be your own first leader, and that you must establish within yourself that it is you who controls your destiny. You in the end are the person who makes the decision to take a pill, to use, or instead - to say NO, I'm in recovery and my choice is to stay clean. Not only is this a powerful process for your own self development, it also bolsters your own confidence, self-esteem and helps build the necessary tools that you need in the future to stay on the right path. You will of course lean on others during your recovery, just as we all do in life when we encounter difficult times or challenges. But ultimately, if we don't let ourselves be challenged, and contribute to facing fears, obstacles and forks in the road, then we cannot grow into a stronger version of ourselves.

Part of your responsibility in owning your recovery is being open and accepting of new lifestyles, new habits and new ways of doing things. Allow yourself to consider as many different options available to you for your recovery. Seek out different coping methods and mechanisms, whether it be online forums, community groups, AA/NA, the CalmSupport YouTube channel, counseling, in-patient or out-patient rehabilitation services. Even establishing new friends or friendship groups can be an excellent way of growing and developing in your recovery, especially when those new friendship groups are positive and healthy. Some of us, including myself become very isolated during our addiction, forcing us inward, becoming closed-off and obsessive-compulsive about using and just "existing" not living. When we enter recovery, it is a good idea to put effort into being social in a responsible way, connecting with people who you see as a good fit for your new lifestyle.

The recovery process is not static, it is dynamic and it will ebb and flow as you continue on the path to a better version of yourself. Remember to be patient, but to always consider pushing your own boundaries so you can break new ground and become the person you have always wanted to be.

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