Addiction touches every group of our society. It has been my experience to walk into a meeting and see a movie star sitting next to a homeless person, sitting next to a single mom, sitting next to a teenager, sitting next to an elderly man, and so on. The common denominator is that we are all afflicted with the same disease, and in search of the same goal, a release from addiction.
With over 2.4 million results for subjects such as sober festivals, yoga retreats, resorts and holidays, it is evident that people are beginning to see that a life of sobriety offers the opportunity to broaden your experiences in life rather than limit them.
Addiction replacement, or transferring of addictions is a very common behavior response in recovery. We often substitute addictions to fill the void or to chase the same feeling or high that the previous addiction produced. It could be switching from drinking to eating chocolate or from drugs to sex.
The idea of staying sober over the holidays can be scary when in early recovery or active addiction. As the holidays quickly approach, so do the holiday parties and family events, both of which can be difficult to navigate. A good goal for these holidays? Instead of focusing your energy on buying presents, focus on being present.
Bali might be well known for its party nightlife, but the island is also beginning to bloom as a center for drug and alcohol rehab centers where you’ll find thriving clean and sober communities of both expats and locals who offer each other support and friendship.
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