Picking Up That Dreaded White Chip (And Going Back To Rehab)July 27, 2016 - Addiction, Alcohol and Drug, Detox, Recovery, Treatment - 0 Comments
When an individual picks up a white chip, it means that he or she is starting the long road to recovery. As noble as that is, it may seem discouraging to have to go through this step more than once. However, many people have to go to rehab multiple times before they finally achieve long-term sobriety. Therefore, there is no shame in admitting a setback and seeking help a second time.
Recovery Is a Process
There is no such as a cure for those who have experienced addiction in the past. While you may no longer use the substance that you once depended on, it doesn’t mean that the temptation to use isn’t still there. All going to rehab means is that you are ready and willing to admit that excessive drinking isn’t in your best interest. By going back a second, third or fourth time, you admit that you’re committed to getting over your addiction no matter what it takes.
Getting Help Is Better Than Doing Nothing
Those who love you will support you as long as it takes to get your life back on track. For the most part, your employer will also be willing to work with you as long as you are working in good faith to change your ways. This means going to meetings and admitting when you have slipped up. If you are on probation or parole for alcohol-related incidents, your probation or parole officer will work with you to get help as many times as you need to go.
Everyday You Spend Sober Is a Victory
Each day that you get through without taking a drink is a day that you can learn from. While in rehab, you will spend time working with professionals who know what you need to succeed in getting your life back together. If you choose outpatient treatment, you will be surrounded by others who are going through the same thing that you are. This will hopefully provide a sense of belonging and provide you with others who will hold you accountable for your actions.
While relapse may be a setback, it is not the end of the journey to sobriety. The important thing is that you get back to rehab and continue working each day to get and remain sober. If you can do that, you are still on your way to living a healthy and productive life.