Overcoming an addiction is not simple. Making the decision to stop drinking or using drugs is only the first step in a long process. The goal of recovery is to create a new life that is healthier and more balanced.
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At the beginning of a journey through a 12 step program, the importance of being of service is stressed. Many who are new to recovery may not understand what being of service exactly means and how it is supposed to be done. The following is a short guide describing the role of service during the recovery process and how it can change the quality of your experience, as well as help others.
While someone is addicted to alcohol or drugs, much of their time and energy is spent thinking about, planning or being intoxicated. When they finally become sober they may suddenly find themselves with hours of free time and not know what to do with it.
When someone suffers from addiction, in many cases they use their drug or alcohol abuse as a way to escape their feelings. Addicts become drunk or high to numb their pain and avoid dealing with any of their painful feelings.
There are more than 17 million adults in the U.S. who are suffering from alcoholism and many of those alcoholics are parents. When children of alcoholic parents reach adulthood they may become concerned for their parents and want them to finally get some help.