Addiction is a monstrous disease that appears ever so stealthily, wrecking everything good thatâ€™s been amassed in life. Itâ€™s not just some overnight occurrence that people are able to willpower their way out of. It is a disease that builds its foundation of misery over a period of time. For most this takes years and years. It hides in plain sight, convincing addicts that everything is okay as they will destroy everything great in their life. Substance abuse really does encompass the idea that â€śall that glitters is not goldâ€ť.
One way or another, the day comes when those afflicted wake up and realize thereâ€™s a problem at hand. The involuntary style of alcoholic thinking will justify any irrational thought process that benefits it while it drowns the addict in a world of denial. It may take longer for some than others for the epiphany to materialize, but eventually, the powerlessness and unmanageability are too overwhelming to cold shoulder any longer. Eventually, itâ€™s more than apparent thereâ€™s an issue, so it then becomes whether we do something about it or we ignore it. The truth will always come knocking sooner or later.
On one hand, we can continue to get drunk/high while we pretend that everything around us isnâ€™t burning down to the ground, or we could put the flames out and be proactive about all of it. I recommend the latter. Anybody who has chosen recovery over addiction realizes the pure glory of it. Itâ€™s another chance away from the chaos. Treatment, the 12 steps, and the fellowship are just a few of the building blocks that weâ€™ve heard about, sure. What about a good halfway house though? What good could that do?
Under the Magniscope
Looking closer, the reality of the situation is that people with alcoholic thinking want to do what they want to do. We tend to have a difficult time separating our wants from our needs, whether in recovery or active addiction. Itâ€™s easy for people with that obsessive mindset to rationalize anything really. However, the early alcoholics of A.A. realized that alcoholics are more rational in numbers. By ourselves, weâ€™re doomed, but surrounded by others like us and for some reason, thereâ€™s a fighting chance. This is the beauty of fellowship or anything in regards to it like meetings, sponsorship, or living in a good halfway house. Â
We need help in any way we can for this battle. Remember, power in numbers. Unfortunately, the lone wolf mentality beams brightly for most addicts and alcoholics. Most of us learned thru our deceitful ways not to really trust people along the way. They’re all just as dishonest as we are right? Wrong, left. Thatâ€™s just an insecure set of smoke and mirrors that we convince ourselves to be authentic. Everybody needs help in this world, and it just becomes about feeding into the good or the evil while you do it. A good halfway house will usually keep you surrounded by good people.
Whether youâ€™ve lived in a halfway house before or are thinking about moving into one for the first time, we have to learn to let go of the excuses. Along with the justification thought process as mentioned before, we really have to watch out for that even if it isnâ€™t along the lines of just â€śpicking up a drinkâ€ť. Alcoholic thinking will also stop us with fear and anxiety from doing anything that may help our recovery. Sounds silly, but itâ€™s a very real thing.
Sure at the end of the day nobody likes being told what to do, and yes we all like our privacy, but those arenâ€™t good enough reasons for skipping on the halfway house. We are our own human beings with our own cognitive thought processes and opinions. At the same time, it was our best thinking that got us into the chemical ridden misery of addiction in the first place. So maybe taking some suggestions like trying a halfway house isnâ€™t the worst that can happen to us.
In fact, itâ€™s one of the best things we can do for ourselves upon entering recovery or continuing care. Just a few of the benefits that will help us sleep peacefully every night include:
- 24/7 Recovery Atmosphere
- Extra Accountability
- Healthy Relationships
- Safe Environment
- Decreased Chance of Relapse
Do for You
Moving into a halfway house as a continuation of care and having the help of others is usually the best solution from the insanity that some of us chose to call life. No, itâ€™s not thrilling, but it works. Some even move into their halfway house with a large uncertainty of staying sober. After living in a healthy residence for some time, the mindset begins to change. It begins to grow on them. Thereâ€™s more freedom than treatment and definitely more than jail. Itâ€™s not nearly as bad as the disease of alcoholic thinking would like to convince us.
Addiction is to the crack house what recovery is to the halfway house. Recovery provides us this opportunity to do things differently. Given another chance, why would anybody in their right mind want to squander that opportunity? For some of us, itâ€™s the 3rd, 4th, and 5th chance, making it all the more reason to soak up any recommendations tossed our way that could benefit our future. A good halfway house will provide sustenance that nourishes. With addiction statistics already against us, it wouldnâ€™t be too shabby an idea at all. At the very least itâ€™s a prospect to learn some more things about ourselves before life picks up double time again.
Give It a Shot
Sometimes taking a step back and recognizing where we stand in life can be tough. Nobody wants to come face to face with the disease of addiction. Nobody wants to really admit thereâ€™s a problem. However, nobody told us we had to do this life thing alone though. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-663-3030 or visit www.pasadenarecoverycenter.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.