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Recovery Isn’t a Lobotomy

“It is commonly understood that the opposite of addiction is connection. That in our addictive behaviors we are trying to achieve the connection. Think of it: the bliss of a hit or a drink or of sex or of gambling or eating, all legitimate drives gone awry, all a reach across the abyss, the separateness of ‘self,’ all an attempt to redress this disconnect.”

Recovery by Russel Brand

Some people might fear recovery, believing that getting sober will ruin all the fun in their lives. They worry about disruptions to relationships with friends who continue to use drugs or alcohol. Due to the over-glorification of substance use in popular media, many might feel that they will “miss out” on excitement when seeking addiction treatment. 

Recovery is not going to fundamentally change or alter parts of your personality. Rather than feeling cut off — or lobotomized — from yourself, you can find a greater connection through healing. If the opposite of addiction is connection, then recovery will lead to greater rewards — and the rewards will outweigh any perceived “losses.” As you engage in the recovery process, you might even realize the addiction you are giving up leads to more — not less — fulfillment and vibrancy in life.

What Did It Cost You?


What did your addictive behaviors cost you? Sometimes taking time to consider what you have lost due to addiction will help you embrace recovery. How often have you canceled plans due to feeling hungover or tired from a late night of partying? As you try to piece together the events of the night prior, foggy memories cloud your recollection — was that night out really worth it? 

Some have suffered more significant losses due to addiction. Some have lost meaningful relationships, careers, or money due to their behaviors. As the losses mount up, many might resort to the only coping skill they have — more drugs or alcohol. More and more loss follows. However, they are numb from the pain and cut off from truly experiencing life due to drugs or alcohol. Fearing that they will sacrifice their fun or critical aspects of their identity, they might continue to use, despite missing out on the full range of the human experience.

Recovery Is NOT Just Meetings

You might shrug off recovery as something boring, thinking, “I don’t want to just sit around in meetings.” While 12-Step programs provide support and a sense of belonging, recovery is much more than attending 12-Step meetings. When considering recovery from a holistic view, 12-Step groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), are just one component of a comprehensive recovery plan. Recovery involves a new way of looking at life and committing to a healthy, dynamic, meaningful lifestyle.

When committing to recovery, you open yourself up to more and cut yourself off from what holds you back. Holistic treatment programs offered at places like Cornerstone Healing Center introduce those who struggle with addiction to dynamic and fulfilling ways of changing their lives for the better. 

What to Expect From Holistic Treatment

Holistic treatment involves all aspects of the human experience. Where sponsorship and 12-Step programs offer you support along the way as you continue your journey through life and recovery, your recovery will address your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. During active addiction, you may have disconnected from vital aspects of life. Rather than viewing sobriety as a loss, you will realize that you have much more space to grow in recovery.

Dynamic, holistic treatment programs offer a full range of benefits for all areas of life. You might try some of the following, which address multiple wellness areas for a fulfilling recovery experience:

  • Weight Training: Many treatment programs introduce clients to exercise programs, as the benefits of resistance training go beyond the physical:
      • Improve Mood
      • Enhance Self-Esteem
      • Setting Goals 
      • Connecting With Others
  • Yoga: Practicing yoga has enormous benefits to  mental, physical, and spiritual health: 
      • Yoga is often paired with meditation, as focusing “in the moment” is critical to yoga exercises.
      • Yoga improves the mind-body connection, a crucial aspect of holistic recovery.
      • Having something new to focus on is essential as you learn to cope with life’s stressors in new, healthy ways.
  • Nutrition: A healthy diet supports your overall wellness in recovery:
    • As you detox from drugs and alcohol, your body will crave beneficial nutrients for strength. 
    • Learning new skills, like cooking and meal preparation, can enhance your life with a newfound appreciation for what you put into your body.

Recovery will bring much more into your life as you learn to connect with others in meaningful ways. Focusing on your overall health and wellness will build an exciting, dynamic lifestyle without drugs or alcohol.

Getting sober and healing your internal dysfunctions doesn’t mean you have to cut off the parts of your personality that fill your life with excitement. You can overcome addiction and still lead a fascinating and dynamic life. The right program will treat you like a person, not a collection of symptoms, and will be there right alongside you as you work through the noisy, vibrant, human experience that is recovery. Cornerstone Healing Center of Scottsdale, AZ, is here to show you the light of recovery and teach you how to live a fulfilling life without drugs or alcohol. We offer a dynamic program for those new to sobriety that incorporates all aspects of health and wellness. By learning new, healthy ways to live, you will find that recovery gives you much more than using drugs or alcohol ever did. Call us today at (800) 643-2108 to learn more about our immersive and life-changing recovery programs.

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