As effective as treatment for drug or alcohol addiction has become in more recent years, there is still no absolute cure for addiction. A large portion of people who struggle with addiction will relapse, some more than once, and even the ones who don’t relapse find they experience strong cravings, sometimes decades after achieving sobriety. When we first leave treatment, and we’re starting to go through life sober, it’s easy sometimes to be blinded by the initial calm that usually follows finishing treatment. We’re feeling solid and well-prepared to face life sober, and in some cases, we may even feel invincible, until something comes along that completely rocks us, or a powerful trigger sets off an overwhelming craving.

Recovery isn’t easy. There’s times when the only thing you can think about is using again, and then there’s other times that you feel as if you hate yourself for even thinking about using again. It can be a rollercoaster, and it can be incredibly draining on a person if they’re not prepared for the long haul. Recovery isn’t guaranteed. Recovery takes work, every single day, and sometimes, every minute of every day. It can feel more like a job than your actual job, and it can wear you down in a heartbeat. How do you handle that? How could anyone possibly overcome this?

You get up. Every single day, you get up, and you make the right choices, even if you have to force yourself to. You call your sponsor when you need to, you get more help if you have to, and you just keep going. What’s just as important as always moving forward, however, is remembering to breathe. It’s not the end of the world if you relapse. It’s not the end of the world if you’re having cravings. What is the end of the world is if you give up.





The Springboard Center custom fits treatment programs to address your needs, and when you know how to cope with these cravings and problems that pop up in recovery, you’re going to be able to breathe a little easier. When you’re breathing easier, life tends to go a little smoother because you’re focusing on what’s important instead of just trying to keep your head above water. The Springboard Centers inpatient and outpatient programs help provide you with the tools you need to live a healthy, sober life. Don’t wait another day, make the call and get help for your addiction today: 432-620-0255.