During any substance abuse disorder it is almost inevitable that you will break the trust of those closest to you, and often the relationships that you care about the most will be left in pieces. The initial dishonesty and lies you resorted to, to keep your drug addiction a secret, often manifest into other areas of your life, and you may have found that your everyday activities became a tangled web of lies and secretiveness.
Relapse Excuses are Always Weak
Those individuals who relapse after a period in recovery will always have an excuse. Such explanations never justify their return to alcohol or drug abuse. There can be no adequate justification. Usually the individual will recognize themselves that their excuses sound weak. They may have acted at a time when they were not thinking clearly. Those who are honest will admit that they regret the decision, but they may feel unable to summon the motivation to return to sobriety.
Not feeling that Christmas spirit?
As the holiday season draws near, addicts—those who are still active in addiction as well as those who are in recovery—experience a range of feelings and emotions. There’s the anxiety of dealing with our dysfunctional families, the memories of former holiday-induced relapses and the pressure of endless preparations. Perhaps we still wobble between addiction and recovery, wavering back and forth between sobriety and slipping. Some of us have lost our jobs and families while others are experiencing poverty, sickness or a general sense that as we come to the end of another year, there isn’t much worth celebrating.
While the idea of spending Christmas in rehab for alcoholism or drug addiction may feel depressing and far from “merry,” circumstances leading up to being admitted to rehab could be a matter of life and death. Christmas is often spent having festive meals, unwrapping gifts, watching holiday movies, and visiting family. This is how many feel it is “supposed” to be, but due to unfortunate circumstances, holidays at home with the family may not be in everyone’s best interest, especially for an alcoholic or addict with their life in ruin.
After years of poor choices, hurt and loss from an addiction it may be difficult for the alcoholic or addict to hold on to previous beliefs in faith and God. However, it is precisely at this point where faith and God might be needed the most. Having faith or belief in God may help you remember your potential. It may help you realize that you can be and are more than this moment of drug or alcohol use. The following will list how someone with an addiction can regain and utilize their own understanding of faith and God in addiction recovery.