Getting Sober

The desire to become sober and the willingness to stop using all mind-altering substances is the first step on the path to recovery.

We can help you get started and support you along the way, but you have to be willing to take the necessary steps. Initially, willingness is all that is required of you. Be willing to believe that there is a better life beyond substance abuse and let someone else handle the details while you start to heal.

The first step in the process is to detox the body from the chemicals it has become accustomed to. Fear of withdrawal can deter even the bravest person from beginning recovery. At SouthCoast Recovery, we offer state-licensed, medically supervised detox. Following initial detox, there are three phases of recovery that usually last a year or longer.

Phase One: Saving Your Life

This phase generally starts with a rude awakening rather than a gentle, spiritual one. Very few people wake up one morning with the decision that it's a great day to get sober. For most, it takes a lot of pressure and negative consequences to change old ways. This is why relapse is greatest in the first year. You are learning to live life in a completely new way and this requires change – changing habits, patterns, friends and behaviors.

This is the most difficult phase. Learning how to navigate changes in recovery will consume most of your time, just like your addiction used to. A mutual support group like AA or NA will help greatly. At the same time you are changing your life, your body is in the healing process. The emotional and physical pain you’ve masked all this time with drugs and alcohol is now being called to your attention. Your thinking will be muddled and your emotions will flip-flop frequently. You may experience physical pain from old injuries you never properly cared for. Through continued care and support, you'll learn how to cope with the healing process of mind, body and spirit without chemicals

Phase Two: Enjoying Your Life

During this phase, the craving for drugs and alcohol has diminished greatly and you've laid the groundwork for your recovery. Now you begin to switch gears from saving your life to making it more rewarding. Rebuilding relationships, forming new ones, looking for new educational and career opportunities, and exploring hobbies and leisure activities takes center stage. The fear of trying new things that may jeopardize your recovery diminishes as you learn who you are and what your boundaries are. With a clear head, stable emotions and a solid support network of sober friends you begin to embrace your life and truly enjoy it.

Phase Three: Extending Your Life

Somewhere in the third or fourth year of sobriety (a little earlier for some, a little later for others), the focus switches again. Once you've saved your life and learned to enjoy it, it's time to consider how you can best extend it. Meeting dietary needs, enjoying physical exercise, and other preventative health measures combined with continued service to others helps maintain a healthy, balanced and fulfilling life in sobriety.

SouthCoast Recovery is a drug treatment center in California that helps a person work through all three phases of recovery. Our facility has been helping people for 13 years work the phases of recovery.

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