February 7th, 2018
Your sober network is your lifeline. And it’s a lifelong journey.
If you have just come out of a recovery center or are just at the beginning treatment, you have most likely have heard the saying that “recovery is a journey”. Let’s make it even more crystal clear…recovery is a lifelong journey. Living is a daily process where you get to choose how you want to begin and end each day. You get to choose how to deal with all the things life throws at you or blesses you with. This life is all up to you, but you do not have to do it alone, in fact, you should not do it alone. You also get to choose all those who you surround yourself with.
Developing and maintaining trusted allies that understand you, what you have been through and take your goals and your sobriety seriously, will help keep you on your path. These are the people that you will rely on to have your back when the going gets really tough as we all know that trials and temptations are plenty for the taking. But these are also the people who accept you for who you are and support you for no other reason than they get you. This is usually because they are also on a similar journey. This is what is called the Sober Network and it is one of the most essential components to a successfully staying sober.
Many times, when an individual makes the choice to change their lives and become sober, they have to let go of a great many of their old connections that kept them tied to their old ways. This is often one of the most emotionally painful parts of the process because the people who you love and who you thought loved and cared for you may be the very same people who keep you trapped in an old skin you are desperately trying to shed. If you have completed treatment at a recovery center, you now know that there is no real solution at the end of a bottle or in any drug. This is why your sober network is an incredibly vital part of your personal recovery life because it is founded on mutual understanding, compassion, and support. Sometimes, the people who are also on a similar path to yours will be the only people that are holding you up.
There is a saying: “No man (or woman) is an island to him (her) self”. In sobriety, this is very much the case. You cannot do this alone. Start developing your sober network with people who you meet throughout your treatment program because they are here at the beginning with you. They will understand your struggles at the most fundamental level and will grow with you. If you are invested in your recovery, the bonds you establish with like-minded people at this point will be indispensable to you even after you leave to program. Once you transition out of treatment, continue to build on the strong foundation you already have, by attending various post-recovery programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Here, you will continue to meet role models and inspirations but also be a part of a support system for one another to keep moving forward.
Remember, recovery is a lifelong journey.
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