Seeking Sobriety in the New Year: The Real Dope on the Imperfect Process of Recovery

February 2, 2015 4:10 PM

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Getting sober from alcoholism, drug addiction or a behavioral addiction (gambling, spending, sex, video gaming, etc.) is among the most common New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, most addicts have little to no idea what that entails or how hard it's really going to be. Yes, some addicts do walk into a treatment center or a 12-step support group and find that they are suddenly "struck sober," with the desire to drink/use/whatever swiftly and permanently removed. However, that is not the usual pathway to healing and a better life. More often the road is winding, rocky and littered with pitfalls, and the majority of addicts are likely to slip and/or relapse at least once or twice before long-term sobriety takes root.

It is important for recovering addicts to understand that temporarily backsliding into the powerful pull of addiction is not the end of the world, and it doesn't mean they've failed. Instead, it is a learning opportunity and a chance to reaffirm and hopefully strengthen their commitment to living di...

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