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Recovery and the Decisions We Make

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Usually these questions involve the three things we’re often told to be wary of: People, places, and things. Potential triggers. Since people need to draw their own lines and make their own decisions, the way I usually answer these questions is with another question:

Decisions in Recovery

  • Making the choice to enter treatment is an important decision. One might wonder, do I need treatment, what will treatment be like and what will I need to do in treatment and beyond? Deciding to enter treatment involves making a commitment to change. It requires the person to spend time focusing on the reasons they use and how this has impacted their loved ones, the community, and themselves. Treatment provides the person with the opportunity to engage in a process of change that will alter their life and the lives of others. Successful treatment depends upon the person’s willingness to change.
  • There are many reasons people enter treatment. Some people enter treatment due to legal issues; others enter treatment due to the concerns of family members and others because they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Regardless of a person’s specific reason(s), all people seeking treatment have encountered difficulties due to their alcohol and or drug use.
  • No matter why you have chosen to enter treatment, Right Turn-IMPACT will welcome you and help you to meet your individual needs. You will receive treatment in a caring, non-judgmental, safe environment that promotes vulnerability, growth, insight and change. Through the use of a biopsychosocial assessment, our staff will help you identify the issues that have been fueling your substance abuse and teach you healthy evidence based coping skills and sober living strategies to help you meet your needs in healthy ways instead of using substances.

Is it a wing or a weight?

Will this move help me fly or drag me down? That’s a question only you can answer. I can’t answer it for you. You may ask a sponsor or a recovery coach but at the end of the day, the choice rests with you. If you have the indispensable value of truth to self, you’ll know what’s best for you.

People. There are some people that just aren’t good for my recovery. They would weigh me down. So I choose to either limit exposure to them or in some cases, disassociate altogether. Yet there are those who are crucial to my life. They help me fly. I fly with them. Or maybe there’s a hottie that wants to date you. Is he a wing or a weight? That’s a tough one for a lot of people.

Places. For some people, certain places bring a flood of feelings and triggers that drag them down. If not into relapse, these places may simply depress them. Sounds like a weight to me. Other places fire me up. They instill confidence and feelings of happiness. It’s a wing. It’s a win.

Things. Like material things or money or songs or certain opportunities. Job opportunities is a big question that seems to constantly reach my ears. Again: Is it a wing or a weight?
One of the things that I love about recovery community is that we have a network of people who will stand with us no matter what path we take. There is dignity in that. No judgment and always help if we fall.

Is it a wing or a weight? I hope you fly well today!

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