Getting Sober is Challenging: You Are Not Alone
By Sonya Schweitzer
Getting sober is one of the most challenging journeys a person can take, but it is also one of the most rewarding. For those who struggle with addiction, the thought of getting sober can be daunting. However, it is essential to remember that you are not alone in this journey. Countless people have walked the path to sobriety before you, and many are currently on the same journey at Samaritan Inns in Washington, DC. Getting sober is challenging, but this blog will discuss the importance of knowing you are not alone.
The Importance of Knowing You Are Not Alone
You are not alone in the journey. When it comes to addiction, many people feel ashamed or embarrassed. They may feel like they are the only ones struggling with their addiction or that they are weak for being unable to control their behavior.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017. (American Addiction Centers) Current studies are underway, but we believe the statistics will be higher.
It is important to remember that addiction is a disease, not a reflection of your character or worth. Knowing that you are not alone in your struggle can help to alleviate some of the stigma associated with addiction.
Getting sober is challenging but more manageable with the support of others.
Face the Challenge with Support and Care
Attending support groups is one of the best ways to connect with others going through the same journey. Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous provide a safe and welcoming environment for people to share their experiences, strengths, and hope with one another. These groups can be a great source of inspiration and motivation for those just starting their journey to sobriety.
Another resource in the Washington DC region is Samaritan Inns. Please don’t take my word for it; listen to the stories of those that have won the challenge of getting sober. Hear the stories in their own words. Listen to the accounts of those that took on the challenge and now lead a healthy and sober life.
Getting Sober with the Samaritan Inns’ program
Getting sober is challenging, and if you are starting your journey to sobriety, you may wonder about our program. Here is what to expect:
Professional Help: If you are struggling with addiction, it is vital to seek professional help. Professional help can give you the tools and support you need to overcome your addiction. Assistance may include counseling, therapy, or inpatient treatment.
A Support Network: Having a support network can be incredibly helpful when getting sober. These individuals can provide you with emotional support and encouragement along the way.
One Day at a Time: Recovery is a journey, and taking it one day at a time is essential. We will help you celebrate each small victory along the way and be present if you experience setbacks.
New Hobbies and Activities: Finding new hobbies and activities can help to distract you from cravings and other triggers. Healthy living, a new hobby, or volunteering in your community will be part of your recovery plan.
Self-Care: Physical and mental care of yourself is crucial to getting sober. We will teach you the skills and tips for self-care.
The Benefits of Getting Sober
Getting sober is a challenging but enriching journey. Recently, Samaritan Inns published a blog on “The Benefits of a Sober Life.”
Some of the benefits include:
- Physical Health Improvements
- Mental and Emotional Health Balance
- Improved Relationships
- Career and Financial Prospects Improve
- Greater Sense of Purpose
- Improved Quality of Life
You Are Not Alone
It is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey and that many people have walked the path before you. By seeking professional help at Samaritan Inns, building a support network, taking it one day at a time, finding new hobbies and activities, and practicing self-care, you can overcome your addiction and live a happy and healthy life in sobriety.
Remember, you are not alone; there is hope for a brighter future.
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