I spent about 5 solid years of trying to get sober and completely failing. There are a multitude of reasons, in recovery from drugs and alcohol, why people come up short. I like to tell people that you get in what you put out in this deal, it wasn't until I put my heart and soul into getting sober that I was finally able to create a brand new life, I sit here today almost 5 years sober. I want to talk about what I believe to be the most important component for me getting sober. Human connection. That is what got me to where I am today if I had to simplify it. There are several ways to find support for your recovery and I can't stress enough how vital it is that you take advantage of each form of support.
I am a very empathetic person. I really feel for other's pain when they are going through something, and am also someone who will forgive people for when they do me wrong pretty easily. I suppose because I have not had the easiest life that I know none of us are perfect. Regardless, I treat people well, because in this world we should just treat everyone with kindness because we have no idea what anyone is going through. When it comes to myself though I really don't do the best job as being kind to myself.
Sugar is a pretty polarizing substance. While many of us love it, we also know in the back of our heads that it is not good for us at all. The natural remedy to that is to moderate it, of course! While it sounds easy on the surface—just avoid donuts, cookies, and candy—it deserves more attention than that. Sugar can be found in many different products these days, products I'm sure many people are not aware of. Has it always been this way? Sugar sneaking its way into almost every area of the supermarket? Not quite. Let's look at how we got here.
I was 21 when I first tried to get help for my drug problem. Only two years prior I had tried my first opiate out of curiosity, I could not fathom where taking that first pill brought me. I had gotten caught stealing from my family, and was told I must go to treatment. Without any other option, that’s what I did. I surely did not want to hurt my family anymore but I also did not think I had a big problem and treated those couple years as a bad phase. I did what I have seen a lot of people do, I went to treatment because I was in trouble, not because I was ready to change my life forever.
I have been struggling with depression as far back as I can remember. I also have been clean and sober for nearly five years. The state of my mental health has been up and down for many of those years. I also have struggled with my weight since high school; I still have flashbacks of my high school baseball coach calling me fat in front of the whole team. Since then I have obsessed about my weight and health constantly, it takes up most of the thinking throughout my day. It makes this new journey I have been taking recently even sweeter and is something I want everyone with the same struggles I have/had to experience.
Growing up, you probably were treated to something containing sugar as a reward or a treat. My mom was health-conscious, and didn't really allow many sugar-packed foods in the house. But, every now and then, there would be that glorious day when she would get me a donut. It would always be incredible, and never be enough. There is a tangible joy when we first indulge in something containing sugar. It's why we view it the way we do. After that initial burst of happiness, however, things can get pretty ugly and severe. Let's take a look at what sugar can do to us.