Why do we call it the “Road to Recovery”? I did some research online and found a paragraph that sums it up: The road to recovery is believed to be used in instances where one is trying to come back from an arduous experience. The road there denotes a journey. Traveling involves moving from one place to another, and it is believed to take a lot of time, and most times involves a road or a route. The phrase “the road to recovery” is used when something would take time to happen.
Often, it is most used in situations that are deemed “hopeless,” and hopeless is a strong word. So, if you’re out there and you’re questioning where your road is taking you – and maybe you feel like your situation is hopeless, here are a few words of encouragement from people who have been in your shoes.
We asked several of our patients in recovery, if you could tell your “old or past self” one thing about hope or healing or change, what would have helped you start recovery? One of our patients candidly replied, “I know everything seems hopeless right now, but it’s mainly because of the drugs. So, if you go to treatment your life will get better and you will find that peace of mind you’ve been looking for.”
People do not recover from serious injuries, infectious diseases, or other major illnesses just by swallowing a pill. Recovery always takes time. Even recovering from the flu or a common cold takes a week or two. Therefore, recovering from addiction can take months or even years.
Another patient had this to say, “Don’t quit, don’t stop, there will be roadblocks and things won’t be easy, but it will be worth it, and the moment you realize it’s working, you will be so grateful you started this process.”
The idiom, “The Road to Recovery”, captures the essence of recovery, not just because of the alliteration, but one’s path of sobriety really can be compared to a road. It’s bumpy, sometimes smooth and a straight shot, yet wildly unpredictable at times.
Regarding this patient’s road to recovery, they had this to say: “Take recovery seriously, show up and don’t make excuses for not showing up. Stop trying to figure things out right away. Listen to people who want to help you, it is your job to be here and present.”
What if you are still saying to yourself its too late to reverse all of the damage I have done, physically to myself and emotionally to myself and others? Treatment addresses all of these factors, not just the physiological aspect of addiction. Since addiction affects more than just one’s body and mind, it can affect multiple facets of a person’s life, treatment can make sure no stone is unturned. As another patient says, “it is never, ever too late to start giving yourself the life you deserve!”
Everyone deserves a second, third, fourth, or however many chances it takes for them to be happy and have a chance at the life they’ve always wanted. At BrightView, our caring staff will be with you every step of the way, starting with your first phone call. Call us at 833-510-4357 any time of the day or night, we are ready to answer your call! Want us to call you? Not a problem, click here!