Risk-Taking in Recovery

For those who struggle with an addiction to substances, deciding to get substance free or sober can be a risk. What if detox is painful or excruciatingly uncomfortable? What if my insurance won’t cover all of my care and I wrack up terrible expenses? What if I feel confined in the rehab? What if the staff give me the creeps? What if the treatment doesn’t work for me? What if my employer decides to fire me? These questions and fears are understandable. No one but yourself can make the decision to get relief from an addiction.

For those on the recovery path, it is important to think carefully before taking a risk. It may be better to give yourself some time to settle into your healthy new lifestyle before taking a risk. Alcoholism and drug addiction are progressive diseases. Their barbs don’t dig in overnight. Likewise, when in recovery, healing isn’t a same day service. It takes time, lots of soul searching, patience, persistence, practice, therapy, commitment and willingness to change.

Treatment programs for people with a substance addiction teach that reconnecting with your old drinking buddies or drug taking friends is very risky. Without intending to, you could put yourself in a situation where you don’t want to appear like a wimp. You decide just one hit off a joint, or one snort won’t cause you any harm. You might say to yourself, I can handle one drink. The next moment you find yourself waking up with your clothes on, a terrible hangover and a guilt-ridden conscious.

Undertaking a new task that requires 100 percent of your time could be a big risk. While you may be competent, you still need to consider the insurance you gain from fellowship meetings and therapy. Exchanging a new project with family time and connection with friends should be kept in mind. Keeping your ego in check is important, too because a blown-up one can turn into a relapse.

There’s no set time to take a risk in recovery. Everyone is different and moves at their own pace. Discuss the risk you want to take with a loved one or your therapist. When ready, there are risks for those in recovery to consider in order to build a foundation for their new life. Here are but a few: finding a new job, going back to school, making new friends, starting your own business, becoming romantically involved, moving to a new apartment, condo or home. These types of risk require new responsibilities, courage and faith in yourself to handle them well.

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”—Ellen DeGeneres

Going to a rehab requires you to take a risk or a leap of faith that it will meet your expectations. Infinity Malibu is facilitated by leaders in the addiction field. We offer proven treatment methods, spectacular ocean views, discretion and reliability. 888-266-9048

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