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.
Recent studies paint a mixed picture of addiction trends in Texas. By many measures, the Lone Star State fares better than the rest of the nation, trailing the national averages and its surrounding states in illicit drug use and overdoses. But there are some troubling measures in the statistics, too — specifically in the significant increase in overdose deaths over the last two decades.