Do you think staying awake is the same as the recovering? Think again. While the two terms may seem interchangeable, there is a very important distinction made when it comes to addiction. Here’s a closer look at the problem, along with why it’s important to acknowledge the difference between moderation and recovery in order to overcome addiction and regain control of your life.
Simply put, anyone who does not drink or take drugs is “sober.” While moderation is certainly part of the recovery journey, it can also be a short-term and fragile condition. why? Because at any time — with a sip of a drink or a pill — you can quickly switch from sober to mutant to addictive. Psychology Today explains, These individuals may move away from the alcohol, but they do not address the underlying problems that either led to their drinking in the first place or developed as their alcohol addiction progressed.
Because of this failure to address the root causes of addiction, not only does it mean that you are more likely to relapse, but it also means that you can simply turn your old addiction into a new one in an effort to fill the remaining void by letting go of your initial niggles. Psychology Today continues, They may have stopped drinking, but their lives may be exactly the same, leading them to become jealous of the others who drink or have psychological and the mental problems.
Given that alcoholism is a chronic disease, moderation can be considered as a day without symptoms. This does not mean that tomorrow will not look completely different, and the same symptoms or different symptoms may appear. Not only that, but in thinking of sobriety as the end point rather than the starting point, you may let your guard down and thus be more susceptible to temptation if – or more likely, when – you arise.
If moderation is close to a symptom-free day for addicts, recovery can be considered remission. Psychology Today, Recovery, explains, “Their alcohol addiction has not been cured, but it is in a position to let them rid themselves of cravings, and mental obsessions, and they have addressed their underlying issues (mental, spiritual, and physical health) that led to or resulted from their drinking.”
By recognizing these root causes, you can overcome the obstacles that led you to your addiction, and thus avoid transferring that addiction to another vice. In other words, you gain not only sobriety, but also emotional stability to defend yourself against relapse. This doesn’t mean you’re protected from relapse, but it does mean you have the tools — thanks to a combination of medication, when appropriate, and behavioral therapy — on hand to stay strong in the face of temptation.
Perhaps The Discovering Alcoholic sums it up best, saying: “Sobriety is a state. Recovery is the process.” While the former may be necessary to the latter, the latter is the ultimately the key to truly conquering the addiction and moving on to a full and working life.
The difference between sober and recovery
- Recovery works through problems caused by alcohol and drug use. Sober is just putting them aside.
- Recovery is realizing that drugs and alcohol are the solution to the problem, not the problem itself.
- Recovery is changing our behavior. Sobriety is just a change in our drinking and using habits.
Healing means healing
Sobriety means only sobriety. Recovery is the learning to love ourselves and others. Recovery is finding peace. Constantly recovering becomes a better person. Recovery is acknowledging our actions right or wrong and relinquishing the role of the victim. Recovery is about fixing things, not just saying we’re sorry. Recovery is business. Daily recovery Healing is not a onetime thing, it is a lifelong journey.
Sober or clean – just that. You are sober and physically clean.
Recovery is much more than just getting rid of substances. Anyone can put drugs and drink away for a day and call themselves a realist, but not everyone can say they recover. Not everyone can say that they started the journey to improve themselves. Everything you do to improve yourself every day, everything you do to redeem the one you used to be, is in recovery. You are recovering. You are getting better.
There are many ways to recover
Whether: you do it through therapy, a 12-step program, therapy, church, or any other spiritual path, life coaching, personal development workshops, or engaging in holistic healing things like yoga, acupuncture, etc. To that – you are on your journey to recovery and it is so much more than just being alert. If you’re into it, you know.