Friday, February 6, 2009
Sparks - What recovery is really about
Recently, I have noticed in my psychotherapy practice, how many people started using substances to manage their moods. Substance use and abuse is mood altering. They often started this method of managing their moods at an early age, usually in their early teens.
Recovery is not so much about abstinence or harm reduction as it is about how to managy dysphoric moods without chemicals. This is a psychological problem, a social problem, and a spiritual problem.
Can I be happy and enjoy life without chemicals? Yes.
How can I be happy and enjoy life without chemicals? Everyone has to work this out for themselves. It can be done, but it has to do with learning how to live life and this takes months and years, not days and weeks.