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Friday, December 29, 2017

Your Focus On Recovery in 2018

All of us at Whiteside Manor are hopeful that 2017 was a productive year in recovery for you. We know that at times sticking to the program is hard work, but it’s worth all the effort. We sincerely wish for you to have a productive year in recovery in the 365 days ahead, and if you continue to do what you’ve been doing—there’s no reason why 2018 can’t be a benchmark year.

Before the curtain draws on 2017, please consider taking a moment to recognize all the areas of your life where you’ve made progress. One should never discount how far you’ve come, even small steps forward are better than the alternative. Taking some time to do an accounting of improvements made will help you better direct your focus in the year ahead. Addiction recovery is about progress, knowing what you need to work on ahead of time will assist you moving forward.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve only been in the program for a short time; it's likely that your life has already started to improve. Sure, you have a lot of work ahead of you, but at least you are facing in the right direction. Remember, each day that you abstain from drugs and alcohol is a win; especially when you consider that the disease is always trying to get the best of you.


Talk With Your Recovery Peers, Consider Their Suggestions

We are not always the best judge when it comes to our shortcomings and of where we have made improvements. Even if you are doing the work, you might not be able to see how far you've come and, more importantly how far yet you have to go. It’s important to sit down with your sponsor and listen to their observations; you may glean valuable insights about your recovery.

If your sponsor is unavailable, it’s likely you have a close friend, with more time than you, from whom you can impart wisdom. Addiction recovery is, after all, a cooperative endeavor for personal healing; our peers are instrumental in our recovery, we can’t do this without their help. However, sometimes we hesitate to ask for other people’s thoughts, which is usually the result of one’s pride and ego standing in their way. Sometimes we are just afraid of what we might hear, but you must overcome such fears.

One must rely on their support network if recovery is to continue moving forward. We learn how to improve our program, and then down the road we pass on what we learn to others with less time. The cycle of Recovery is a series of symbiotic relationships; your sponsor helps you, you help another person, which helps you in turn. The formula works, and has done so for nearly hundred years; which means, it will work for you.


Addiction Treatment

If you have decided that 2018 is the year you embrace recovery, Whiteside Manor can assist you in achieving said goal. The beginning of a new year can also be the start of a spiritual journey, out of the darkness of addiction and into the light of recovery. Please contact us today to begin making preparations for a whole new life.

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