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Long-Term Sobriety: How to Stay Sober from Drugs and Alcohol

How to Stay Sober in Recovery

Katie’s Story About Learning How to Stay Sober From Heroin

How to Stay Sober

I remember the moment I realized I didn’t want to live anymore.

Everything had stopped working. I asked my psychiatrist to prescribe me something else. At this point, I was on at least eight different prescription medications. This one, I remembered, made me sleep. I took it, hoping not to wake up again.

I did wake up…with the EMTs there.

Finally, my mom had worked up the courage to face my addiction. At this point, I was only addiction. No shred of “me” was left. I was put into a psych ward and stayed for a week. I was still in complete denial about everything. I was given the choice to go get help at a women’s addiction treatment center or to stay in the psych ward. I took the first option.

Maybe There’s Hope

Two weeks into treatment, my therapist asked me to write down a history of my drug use. Every drug I used, how often I used, the age when I first tried drugs. For some reason, seeing my drug history on paper allowed everything to click into place. I was an addict and I think deep down I always knew. A wave of relief washed over me. I knew what my problem was. Maybe I wasn’t so hopeless after all. Maybe there was a solution. Maybe there was hope.

Was Rehab Worth It?

For me, attending an all-women’s treatment facility was necessary. It allowed me to have a safe detox and separate myself from drugs. I’m eternally grateful to the therapist who gave me that assignment.

I found I was able to relate to other women. We all shared this mutual problem. It was the first time I was completely honest with my peers and nothing bad happened. The women’s addiction treatment center also instilled in me how grave my situation really was.

“Go to a meeting everyday,” I was told.

“Get a sponsor,” “don’t get into a relationship,” “get a job,” “become independent from your parents,” “do the right thing when no one is watching,” I was told.

So I did.

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How to Stay Sober after Rehab

Working a twelve-step program is essential for my sobriety to be permanent. You see, I have a disease that tells me I don’t have a disease. I need to be reminded of this through the support of a twelve-step fellowship, or else I could see myself slowly floating off on my own.

The peace and the happiness which came through working the twelve-steps is priceless. I always thought happiness was obtained by swallowing a pill or sticking something up my nose. Turns out that’s not the case. It’s usually the small stuff where I feel the most joy. Only a sober me notices the color of the sky or the smile I get when I speak to my mom.

Connect with other women in sobriety

Does Katie’s story sound familiar to you? Are you or a loved one suffering from addiction? At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we’ve been there.

In fact, many of our staff are in long-term recovery. We know what it’s like to be unable to stop binge drinking or compulsively using drugs. Let us show you another way, a sober way.

Call Lighthouse today at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015. You’ll be connected to a caring and expert outreach and admission coordinator who can help start the process of recovery.

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Anonymous People: Long-Term Sobriety in the Spotlight

The Anonymous People: A Must See For People in Recovery

the anonymous people

You may have heard of The Anonymous People. It’s a documentary film that came out in late 2013 and has been causing some ripples in the recovery community.

People, both in recovery and not, are pretty divided about it. They seem to love it or hate it. Consider, for example, The Anonymous People holds a 43% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Or that it’s been critically panned by major media outlets.

On the other hand, The Anonymous People has more than succeeded at its goal – to get people talking about both addiction and recovery. The group that made the film, Faces & Voices of Recovery has seen a dramatic increase in support of their causes.

So, what is The Anonymous People all about? Is it a heroic example of those in long-term recovery breaking the chain of silence? Is it a poorly executed documentary film? Is it both at once? Let’s find out.

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The Anonymous People: The Truth Behind the Film

The Anonymous People is a project from MANYFACES1VOICE. MANYFACES1VOICE, in turn, is a project of Faces & Voices of Recovery. I’ll explore Faces & Voices of Recovery, and the wonderful work they’re doing, later.

The Anonymous People began as a Kickstarter project way back in 2012. It quickly surpassed its modest $45,000 goal. In fact, by the time their Kickstarter ended, they’d raised upwards of $70,000.

The goal of The Anonymous People was to document some of the over twenty-three million Americans in long-term recovery. They achieved this goal and then some! To quote their literature –

“Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories…This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions” (The Anonymous People).

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The Anonymous People: The Movie that Broke Anonymity

One of the criticisms most often leveled against The Anonymous People is that those in the film are breaking their anonymity.

Much like the steps, twelve-step fellowships also have traditions. Tradition number eleven reads, “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.”

Many people have accused The Anonymous People of breaking this tradition and even profiting from members’ anonymity. This is where things get controversial.

Does The Anonymous People break the anonymity of those in the film? I’m not so sure. First, not once does anyone refer to being a member of a specific twelve-step fellowship. Rather, they identify as “individuals in long-term recovery from substance-abuse disorder.”

Second, it’s been argued that anonymity actually hurts the sober community. Debating this point would open up a whole can of worms that I have no desire to open. Instead, I’ll simply say the mission of The Anonymous People is to change how society at large views addiction and recovery.

The fact that I’m writing this article, or that people are debating anonymity, proves the film has accomplished its goal.

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Faces & Voices of Recovery

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As mentioned above, the organization behind The Anonymous People is Faces & Voices of Recovery. They’re a non-profit addiction treatment and reform advocacy group, formed in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2001.

A little over a decade since their humble beginning, Faces & Voices of Recovery has exploded, both in membership and scope. They boast over 25,000 members and have many various offshoots.

Take, for example, The Association of Recovery Community Organizations. They’re an international network of recovery organizations, with chapters in America, Canada, and the U.K.

Faces & Voices of Recovery advocates for a drastic change in how the public views addiction, recovery, and addiction treatment. To that end, they’ve lobbied local and state legislatures. They’ve hosted countless events. They’ve strived, for thirteen years now, to affect positive change for those suffering from addiction.

Addiction is a complicated and often misunderstood disorder. Quality addiction treatment requires a comprehensive and compassionate approach. Fortunately, that’s where Lighthouse Recovery Institute steps in.

We offer Comprehensive Addiction Treatment at a variety of levels. Call us today at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015 to find out about our individualized and inclusive substance abuse programs.

Recovery is possible for anyone and everyone. Learn how we help you or a loved one take the first step towards a new life.

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