I went to A Forever Recovery because they offer the SMART Recovery program there. I really liked it at AFR....
I went to A Forever Recovery because they offer the SMART Recovery program there. I really liked it at AFR. The facility was nice and the staff were great. Really nice and easy to work with. I had an easier time doing my program at AFR than I would have thought possible. The SMART Recovery program was why my parents and I chose AFR. Going through this program changed the way I viewed addiction and recovery. After using for so long I didn’t think I’d every get the kind of help that could make it so I didn’t ever go back to using. The SMART program worked for me because it wasn’t that I was an addict and would always be an addict. Instead, it’s that you have addictive behavior which you just need the help so that behavior changes. Going through this program I learned how to recognize my triggers and at first you work on avoiding those triggers. When you first get home you can’t expect everything to be perfect. You can’t get home after going through rehab and drive down the same streets where you got drugs and expect to be completely okay. So, you figure out what you need to avoid and then since it’s not always as easy as taking a new way home you work on how to handle your triggers when they do come up.
I’d used pills for 10 years and in that time I’ve been to a few programs. I even had some where I managed to stay clean for a while. The longest I ever lasted was 6 months but, it was hard, extremely hard for me to stay sober for that long. I’d get the urge to use and those urges not only never seemed to go away, they seemed to get stronger and harder to ignore the longer I was home. The urges and desire to use wasn’t truly getting stronger, to me, in my mind though, they would be awful, always getting stronger until they were impossible to ignore.
Whereas before when I went to rehab it didn’t feel like I was fighting to get better, only to not get even worse. At AFR I did feel like I was working to get better. When I first started the program I really had to stop and think for myself. What my life had become since I’d started using. What I’d accomplished while using and what I wanted my life to be like and what I wanted to accomplish during it. When I first got to AFR I knew I needed to get clean and going through the program there gave me definitive goals to works towards. These goals gave me more reasons to work hard. I put a lot of time and work into identifying my triggers, recognizing which triggers were riskier than others, which triggers I could handle and which ones I needed to avoid.
My life became more balanced and I’ve worked to maintain that. Which is just another thing that helps me stay sober. I’m eating healthier, exercising, I ask for help when I need it. Each of these things started while I was at AFR to improve my life and help me stay sober. I’ve continued doing these things since coming home and it’s truly helpful. Since going to AFR I’m more confident in myself and knowing what to do when I have an urge to use, knowing better ways to handle myself and the people around me, it’s made staying sober since getting home a whole lot easier.