In between running the province’s only drug rehabilitation center and finishing his college studies, Jerome is taking each day one at a time. “For me, everyday is drug prevention day,” he says. He proudly adds that from the moment when the sight of his son pushed him to turn his life around until today, it has been a continuous recovery for him.
Addicts will more than likely recognise the certain people, places and things that prompt us to use. The problem is that these triggers are stored at an unconscious level and we find we feel cravings despite our efforts. A study conducted at the University of Cambridge has shown that working on the memory could lead to preventing relapses in addicts.
You would expect people close to you to be supportive of you giving up alcohol, but in some cases, they may not be very receptive of your new lifestyle choice. If you haven’t ended up in hospital or had serious external consequences of your drinking, people may not realise that your alcohol problem is as serious as it is.
Do you say hateful things to yourself? Many of us do.
When I review these internal beliefs with clients, especially those in early recovery but also others who don’t have trouble with addiction per se, we often find that they are packed full of negative self-beliefs and self-talk. Phrases like “I’m impatient/rude/stupid,” “I’m not good at doing _____,” or “I can’t handle _____” are so commonplace in psychotherapy circles that restructuring them can often become the focus of many sessions. And negative self-beliefs are a huge source of shame, …
The Vigil of Hope is a time to come together to replace isolation with fellowship, desperation with support and despair with hope.