This is a guest post from Joy Anderson. Joy has walked through her own journey of recovery and now works with Stodzy Marketing. Her job there is an interesting one – she helps rehab centers to connect with those who need them most. Not your typical marketing job. Because of her own experience with recovery, she’s personally invested in, and passionate about what she does. For more on Joy, see her bio, end of article. Thanks for sharing, Joy!
Your First 30 Days in Recovery
The first 30 days are typically a blur, depending on how long we were “out” and how hard we fell. We are healing on a physical, mental, spiritual and emotional level. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and it can get overwhelming. We are seemingly being hit from all sides as the wounds heal from the inside out. And again, we may have external issues that cause pain as well. It’s important to keep it real simple in these first 30 days. There’s so much going on internally that to even deal with outside issues – relationships, money or legal issues, is risky business. To be in place at a comfortable and safe treatment center in these first 30 days is your best bet for letting the fog clear so you can get down to the real work.
Recovery from addiction of any type is not so different from recovery from major surgery or a broken leg. Everything takes time to heal and in the beginning it tends to be real painful – physically, emotionally, mentally. As time goes on, the pain may diminish or we simply learn to manage it and deal with it. Sometimes, just like we built a tolerance to drugs and alcohol, we have similar adaptive mechanisms toward pain. Pain never really sounds like something we want to get used to but , until we gain the tools to deal with it and process out the sources of the pain, making it a friend can be the best option.
My Recovery Experience
For me, the first 30 days were like a dream. And not the most pleasant one. I was in a lot of physical pain from the detoxification process, a process which I later learned might last for over a year. This process is called P.A.W.S. Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. I reached levels of pain that I never knew existed and certainly that I didn’t know I was capable of handling. The initial stages of withdrawal, even with chemical
Mood Changes, Confusion, Second Thoughts
So what else can one expect during the first 30 days of life without illicit chemical support? Rapidly changing emotional states may be prevalent in the first month for some people while others could experience outright gloomy depression. Again another very smart reason to place yourself in a rehab facility with therapeutic support while your internal brain chemistry readjusts to a new norm. All rehabs are staffed with therapists with a variety of specialists to help those entering recover through the initial stages. Certainly they will be educated in addiction recovery and also in therapy methods to help you on your way to healthier thinking and processing. We will be shown that the misery we once made our comfort zone is not so hard to get out of after all and we don’t have to do it alone.
You Didn’t Get This Way Over Night
In the first 30 days you are commencing a lifelong journey so remember, Easy Does It. You didn’t get this way overnight. Think about how long you used substances as a crutch to deal with life. Everything is suddenly different now. Naturally, our instinct is to return to the familiar even if it’s uncomfortable or in most cases down right abject misery. It takes time to build the new pathways in our brains and make something new the norm. Give yourself a break. Everyday is a triumph. Take small steps and accept that maybe you’re not capable of much more than healing especially in the first month. Leave your ego at the door. Healing takes a lot of energy so even if you feel like you’re not doing much – you are. If you can just accept this process and trust in it, you’ll soon realize that your first 30 days are an investment that will last you a long, prosperous, joy-filled lifetime.
About the Author
Oh, Hi! I’m Joy! I’m a Florida Native – yes there are actually people who live in Florida that grew up here. Now, that said, I’m also a seasoned traveler which has loaded me with an arsenal of ideas to write about here. My job is to reach out to other business, build relationships, hunt for back links and create relationships with valuable marketing opportunities. I love what I do – I fear no networking opportunity! My goal is to reach out to bloggers and other writers to help connect the world one link at a time. I’m a perfectionist and put a lot of effort into everything I do. Happy to be part of the team, bringing it together every day.