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Signs You’re Ready to Live a Sober Lifestyle+
December 8, 2020
If you’ve felt a shift in your life recently, but you can’t quite place what’s changed, it may be a growing awareness of how drinking or drug usage affects you and your loved ones. Maybe you’re considering what sobriety would mean for your lifestyle. You’re already on your way to a change if you’ve begun to reframe the way you think about drinking and drug use.
An essential component of sobriety is acknowledging that you have a problem with how much you drink or use drugs. What may have started as partying with friends changed somewhere along the line. Now it’s something you have to do to get through the day or fall asleep at night. For most people, it’s hard even to pinpoint when this change happened. And even harder to find the moment when you realized how destructive alcohol or drugs had become in your life.
If you wake up most days feeling sick, negative about your life, and thinking about the next time you’re going to drink or get high, you might be ready for that realization.
Look for these signs you’re ready to be sober.
No one can tell you it’s time to become sober, it’s something you have to want for yourself. There’s an adage about having to “hit rock bottom” before you can start on the path to recovery. But rock bottom looks different for everyone, and it isn’t always dramatic. Some signs you’re ready to live a sober lifestyle:
You’re tired of the hangovers: regularly waking up feeling sick is no way to live. Being sick of being sick is reason enough to get sober.
You’re always broke: if most of your spending is going to buy drugs or alcohol, you’re probably having trouble making rent and paying bills.
You lie to the people you care about: whether you’re borrowing money or hiding your addiction, you’re sowing distrust in your relationships.
It’s just not fun anymore: getting high or drunk used to be a party, but now you do it just to make it to tomorrow.
You’re not optimistic about life: feeling sick, being broke, and letting down your friends and job make it hard to be positive.
Anxiety about relapsing may keep you from getting help. You don’t have to have the skills to maintain sobriety for the rest of your life from day one. All you need is a desire for something different from what you’re doing right now. And hour by hour, day by day, you can get there.
The most significant sign you’re ready for a sober lifestyle.
You’ve started looking into sobriety. Whether you’re reading blogs, researching in-patient treatment, or listening to podcasts, you’ve stopped rolling your eyes at sobriety and wondered if it’s right for you.
Feeling apprehensive and uncertain is normal. You’re considering a big life change, but you don’t have to do it alone. When you commit to in-patient recovery, you’re immediately placed into a support network of medical professionals with years of experience treating addiction and helping clients achieve sobriety.
If you’re ready for sobriety, reach out to Sun Coast Recovery to find the right treatment plan for you.
Sun Coast Recovery specializes in family, group, and individual therapy, helping people overcome addiction and succeed in sobriety. We provide in-patient services for a wide range of rehabilitation services. A wealth of industry knowledge and an unwavering commitment to client care back our innovative treatment techniques.
If you’re feeling nervous, uncertain, or apprehensive about what a sober lifestyle means for you, reach out to speak with a compassionate recovery specialist either by phone or email. We can help you get on the right path to the life you want.
Why family involvement is important in your recovery+
November 16, 2020
At Sun Coast Recovery Ranch, we understand the vital role of family involvement in addiction recovery. From spouses and children to parents and siblings, it takes everyone to help achieve recovery and reduce the chances of relapsing.
Substance abuse affects everyone in the family, not just the person struggling with the addiction, which is why we offer Sun Coast family therapy options. Family members can feel helpless and vulnerable, unsure of how best to support their loved one during this time.
Family members develop their own coping mechanisms for dealing with addiction. Unfortunately, some of these coping mechanisms can be detrimental to recovery and even unsafe. Family members might:
Choose to ignore the problem in the hopes it will go away.
Avoid the family member to circumvent the truth about their addiction.
Inadvertently enable the family member’s addiction to avoid conflict.
Assert control over the person’s actions to end the substance abuse cycle.
Turn to substance abuse themselves.
While recovery involves the person struggling with substance abuse, it is also essential for family members who require their own healing.
Determining the level of family involvement
Families are an important factor in the success of substance abuse treatment. In fact, industry research supports family involvement in behavioral health treatment in producing more effective outcomes.
However, there is no one-size-fits-all formula for determining their level of involvement. As such, for Sun Coast family therapy sessions, our behavioral health therapists and recovery specialists will work with families to determine the best engagement model. We incorporate a unique family-style approach to treating addiction that aligns with your family dynamic. The key is to find the correct balance of support and involvement that propels the addicted family member closer to their goal of achieving — and maintaining — recovery without making them feel pressured or judged.
For some families, we may recommend lower levels of involvement, where their role is strictly informational. They provide our therapists with valuable information about their loved one’s addiction to best determine a course for treatment. At higher levels, families may be asked to help address issues or stressors that contributed to the addiction.
Strategies for family involvement
Denial and fear are two of the biggest obstacles to addiction therapy. The stigma associated with addiction recovery keeps many people from even seeking help. So, for family therapy to succeed, each family member must commit to showing care, respect, and understanding to their loved one struggling with addiction.
Sun Coast family therapy ensures that family members have the necessary tools and resources to help them value and appreciate their role in the recovery process.
Participation matters. Each family member will be asked to think through what they can contribute to the recovery process and then commit to using their unique abilities during the therapy process.
Challenge yourself. Part of dealing with an addiction is to discard stereotypes and preconceived notions about the person in recovery and substance abuse in general. Sun Coast family therapy sessions can help families challenge their language, beliefs, and habits for the betterment of the recovering addict.
Establish a new dynamic. Learning how to establish a new family dynamic during and after substance abuse recovery is an integral part of the process. Our therapists work with family members and the person in recovery to help reconnect and rebuild relationships that may have been damaged.
Get the support you need in South Florida
Struggling with substance abuse is a family matter. At Sun Coast Recovery Ranch, we provide a safe and supportive space for recovering addicts and educational resources for their families to help their loved one — and themselves — heal. Contact us online or call (954) 786-2627 to schedule a judgment-free consultation and learn more about Sun Coast's family therapy services.
4 Tips for Sober Living and Relationship-building in South Florida+
October 16, 2020
Becoming and remaining sober is one of the most challenging accomplishments one can achieve, especially if you’ve struggled for years with addiction. But reaching the point where you’re ready to begin the next chapter in your sober life is something to celebrate; sharing yourself with friends, family, and building new relationships is a huge part of the healing and growth process.
Sober living in South Florida can be challenging without preparing yourself for the steps ahead. But with the right preparation, support, and mindset, we know that you have what it takes to build the sober life you want to live.
Tip #1: Get to know yourself first
Before you can build new relationships in your early sobriety, it’s essential that you first get to know yourself. Sober you is a very different person from months or years ago—and that’s because of the commitment you made to improve your life and health.
Take the time to get to know yourself before you seek to make any new relationships. Once you feel confident in the new, sober you, then you can share that confidence with new people, and let them know how great the new you really are.
Tip #2: Be honest
We understand that it’s never easy to share your past with someone new. But the reality is that it will—and should—come up. Don’t force it, but don’t hide from it. Your story and past are yours and it’s up to you when and how much of it you share. Just remember that relationships are built on honesty, and if your partner asks, don’t hide from it.
It may be incredibly scary to share your past with your partner and revisit memories that you may have tucked away on the path to a sober life. But, when you take the time to get to know yourself before meeting new people, understand how you want to present your past. We’re confident that you have it within you to share your story in a way that’s honest and as detailed as you feel it needs to be.
Tip #3: Be aware of emerging codependency
The best part of being in a relationship is sharing yourself with someone who cares about and loves you. But many who struggle with addiction dealt with codependency before getting sober, and it may be an issue in your new sober life.
If your relationship is getting serious, be present and honest with yourself and keep an eye out for codependency both on your part and your partner’s. Be mindful of any manipulative or unhealthy behavior, as this can quickly create a situation where you are unhappy, unsafe, and may be tempted to return to addictive and harmful behaviors to cope rather than ending the relationship.
Tip #4: Your sobriety is your first priority
Entering into a new relationship and falling in love is an unrivaled emotional experience. But no matter how pleasing it is to be in a new relationship, you must keep your sober living the main priority.
Don’t fall into old habits because you become comfortable; you must continue to do the work that helped you earn your sobriety. Any caring partner will be supportive of your dedication and understand that it is your primary focus. If you take care of your sobriety, you can trust that the strength of your relationship will follow closely.
Get the support you need for sober living in South Florida
If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, reach out to Sun Coast Recovery Ranch today. We provide a safe, supportive location to help those struggling with addiction, and give them the tools they need to face addiction and reshape their lives. Contact us today to learn more.