I’ve often noticed in my patients that their most prized organ can be the first one to forget. They come to me for glowing skin, prevention of heart disease or general weight loss but few come and ask for a “brain health” plan. In fact — the brain is the first organ we should cater to if our goal is a better and longer life.
Let’s be honest, treatment for alcohol and drug abuse is no walk in the park. It requires a lot of energy, effort and change. It’s a time of self-evaluation and introspection, of looking at not just your addiction but all areas of your life to ensure that everything supports your goal of recovery. Fortunately, there are steps you can take while in treatment that will lay the foundation for lasting recovery, and one of them is literally a walk in the park.
If you’re newly sober, a situation like this may be all too familiar. What in the heck do you do when you start to change for the better and everyone else in your life (aside from recovery friends) remains the same? How do you connect with them when they haven’t been through the same transformation? Thankfully, there are some practical tips you can employ to deal with these situations when they arise.