Everyone always talks a lot about self-improvement and the steps that they’re going to take to better themselves. However, when it comes to actually taking action, it can be easy to talk yourself out of making real changes. This can be especially true for individuals who have an alcohol addiction and might need to attend alcohol rehab. Human creativity can find unlimited ways to avoid the uncomfortable.
While trying to find the end of the internet and eating my feelings recently, the meme to the right popped up. First of all, it made me laugh. (You can follow @sobergrind on Instagram for more sobriety-oriented comic relief .) Then, I started to reflect on what my time in treatment was like. There were so many new rules! At the time, I was quite convinced the staff at Edgewood had designed the perfect system to torture me.
Nowhere in 12 Step programs does it say, “stay alone with your disease,” nor does it say “be distant from others.”
No doctor would suggest isolating in recovery. No physician, psychiatrist, no treatment centre. In fact, the idea of isolation runs contrary to pretty much every suggested modality of treatment for addiction.
Welcome to the reality of Spring 2020.
We have all seen the thousands of memes bombarding social media these days. Half of these images are calls to action and attempts to inspire us with ways to use all our “newfound” time during the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. Get a side hustle! Exercise more! Educate yourself! Learn to thrive! The other half are seeming calls to inaction. Watch all the Netflix! Eat all the snacks! Indulge in all the things! Don’t thrive, survive!