THE 3 P's
So, your stay in a residential drug treatment center is about to come to an end. It’s time to put the pedal to the metal, let the rubber meet the road, and utilize the tools you’ve been taught…Sounds easy right? Well, not exactly. Walking out of treatment into the “real world” can be one of the scariest moments of your life. Of course, as scary as it may be, a life of recovery, especially early sobriety, is not only possible, it’s exhilaratingly beautiful. I learned early in recovery that there are three concepts I need to adopt to help me endure my first year of real life living; Perseverance, Patience, and Positivity.
The invigorating bliss of a “pink cloud” reality in early sobriety has come to an abrupt end, and life smacks us in the face as if it’s challenging us to a duel. Our lives are filled with love, joy, and new-found happiness, but life wouldn’t be life if it didn’t provide us with obstacles. These challenging times used to be the times where we normally did an about-face and ran in the other direction as swiftly as we could, back to our favorite buzz creator. In our new life of recovery, we choose not to run, but to embrace these hurdles with open arms. You begin to quickly learn that each time you break through these brick walls of life experience, you become stronger and more confident in your new sober skin. When that incredible power is pushing you back towards your old ways, it’s about persevering until you get to the other side; getting that much closer to discovering your true self.
Our previous life consisted of jumping from one source of instant gratification to another without any long-term goals in mind. We have the disease of “I want more and I want it NOW”. Managing those thoughts in early sobriety can seem impossible. With recovery placing such a large emphasis on progress (whether it be physical, mental or spiritual), many find themselves frustrated when they realize making progress TAKES TIME! We must learn to recondition our minds for success…and success takes patience. The phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day” directly applies to our new way of living. We learn to make small strides on a daily basis. Our emotional peaks and valleys begin to even out and we feel incrementally better each day. Our body and mind need time to heal but it takes just that…TIME, so be patient young grasshopper and your serenity shall appear.
The last ‘P’ of the 3 P’s could also be ‘Perspective’ because we all know that having a positive outlook is all about your perspective. Ask yourself the cliché question, “is the glass half full or is it half empty?” As I said before, we need to recondition our mind for success so while it is normal to have negative moments, we need to try to change our overall outlook on life to one that is a positive one. People in early sobriety cannot afford the luxury of warming a seat on the pity pot. The beauty of it all is that we do not have to be miserable anymore; we have a choice today now that we are no longer enslaved by the drink/drug. If I have learned one thing, it is that perspective is a choice. There is always a way to brighten up a dark situation; it just takes practice. I challenge you to take a moment next time you are feeling bummed to attempt to see the bright side in the situation, forcing yourself to see the glass as half full….unless, of course, you are in the Matrix, where the glass doesn’t actually exist.
The important thing in all of this is that you seek help for your drug addiction. Do not let fear keep you from the life you have always wanted. You do not need to fight this disease alone and any and all concerns that you have can be addressed as you move through the process of recovery. So call the professionals at Evolutions Treatment Center today, at 1-866-771-7091. We are standing by to help you finally overcome your addiction.