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There is a misconception that once a person stops drinking or using, their life will automatically get better. Drugs and alcohol get a bad rap, although these substances are just a symptom of something much bigger.

The truth of the matter is that “wherever you go, there you are.” This saying means that how you act during drug and alcohol addiction will remain the same after cessation without some sort of psychic change taking place. 


Abstinence is a massive accomplishment in itself, although putting down the drugs or alcohol is only one piece of the puzzle. If you do not take action to change your thinking, your abstinent behavior will be unsustainable.

Without a plan to stay sober, your addiction can creep up on you without any warning whatsoever. 


Addiction is cunning

The devious nature of your addiction is inexplicable to someone who has never experienced it. The obsession of the mind is challenging to manage without having tools in place to combat it.  


Addiction is baffling 

Addiction is a genuinely incomprehensible phenomenon. There is no cure for addiction, and it’s impossible to determine why some people are affected, and others are not.

The only way to stay sober is to use your addiction treatment, 12-Step program, and therapy to navigate the uncertainty of addiction.


Addiction is powerful

Drugs and alcohol are forceful and persuasive to someone with an addiction. They have the upper hand until you take a stand.

This means that you will have to use a power greater than yourself to wield the power you need for recovery. There is no way to know how far addiction will take you, but it will always get worse.


Take the initiative in abstinence to get ahead of your addiction. Since there is no cure for addiction, implementing recovery measures after abstinence can be your best defense against cravings, triggers, and pressures to use or drink.

Once you take away the substances, the real work begins in recovery that will assist in your long term sobriety one day at a time. 


At The Guest House Ocala, our recovery programs include many experiential modalities, including traditional therapy, conscious connected breathwork, equine therapy, somatic experiencing, art in healing, grief therapy, mindfulness, and other forms of therapy.

Call 855-372-1079 today for more information.