What happens next?
For many people, leaving treatment and going back into the world can be a major adjustment.
We gathered a selection of tips and suggestions from our experienced members of staff on how best to handle the change.
“The journey of recovery is full of lessons for our spiritual growth. We repeat these lessons over and over until we do the next right thing, then we move forward to the next lesson.”
– Caleb A
“If you keep doing what you doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. As long as I keep working the program I keep getting the result of what that means to me, which is being happy, joyous and free in all areas of my life.”
– Cassidy A
“This too shall pass. This is a thought that has helped me get through crises in my life like the recent passing of a loved one. My experience in recovery has been that the bad times shall pass, and I can emerge from the wreckage still in recovery and knowing it’s going to be okay.”
– Miranda D
“Into action, not into thought. I do this by bringing myself back to the present moment – being aware of what I’m doing instead of being stuck in what I’m thinking.”
– Craig T
“If you’re willing to work the program, you can find ways to cope with life like you’ve never experienced. I try to meditate at least once a day – it doesn’t involve crossing my legs or saying “huuuuuum” – it’s taking a moment to focus on what I’m doing, to stay in the present.
– Stellio C
“Keep it simple.” Stop overthinking things and ask for help. These are actions that have helped me in my recovery.
– Reece W
“People look for happiness outside of themselves, but recovery is an inside job. The root of addiction is self-centred fear, and we spend our lives trying to change the way we feel. So, I take the torch off of other people and I put it on myself.”
– Natalie A.
“Stay away from drink, one day at a time.”
– Keith W.
“I can’t. He can. So let him. This is my higher power in my life. I can’t control everything in my life, my kids behaviour, the things that happen around me. What I can control, is my reaction to those things. This brings me serenity.”
– Neville BC
A reminder that during these unprecedented times in South Africa, it can be a daunting task to figure out the logistics of seeking help for yourself or a loved one. Our team at The Cedars are a medical aid contracted essential service. We are able to travel securely between provinces and assist with collecting clients and transporting them safely to our beautiful facility in Kwa-Zulu Natal, for the equivalent of an airline ticket (JHB) or we can collect clients for free if they are based in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region.
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