Addiction: Systems of Support

by | Dec 15, 2014 | Health

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For people battling addiction—and who are hoping to become sober—one of the most difficult challenges is deciding where to begin. If you have never dealt with addiction it is hard to sympathize with just how all-consuming it can be. Not only does it govern just about all of your thought and actions, but so too does it inform virtually all of your personal relationships. In terms of getting started on a path of sobriety, it is very important that you surround yourself with the right people. This might mean getting yourself a life coach—equipped with an official life coach certification—or simply changing up your friend group. Whatever the case, the systems of support that you establish are crucial for achieving sobriety. Read on to learn more.

Reevaluate Your Friendships

As we age, most people take pause and reevaluate their friendships. This is largely because our time becomes much more scarce—and therefore much more valuable—as we get on in years. You have all the more reason to reevaluate your friendships if you are someone who struggles with their sobriety. As yourself: do any of your friendships revolve around substance use or abuse? Can you imagine these friendships persisting if the substance itself were to be removed from the equation? In addition, it is quite important that you consider whether all of your friends are on a similar path of self-actualization. Even if your friends are sober, they might still be engaging in destructive life choices that have a negative impact on your life. At the end of the day, you will want to surround yourself with positive people who are equally determined to realize their potential. This might mean reducing your friend group; it may also mean establishing a new friend group altogether.

Consult With a Group of Professionals

There are also a large number and variety of professionals who can help support you on your path to sobriety. Doctors, of course, are an excellent resource for identifying any potential damage that has been done to your system. In addition, physicians are able to suggest concrete treatment plans that may involve psychological support. There is also a burgeoning resource that far too few addicts take advantage of: life coaches. Life coaches have undergone a specialized program that ultimately lead to their achieving what is called a ‘life coach certification.’ This certification is evidence to their ability to understand and support all of the smaller challenges that crop up throughout the course of your recovery.

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