Quality of Life

by The Discovering Alcoholic on October 9, 2007

During the first decade of my recovery I mostly thought of myself a strict fundamentalist when it came down to defining recovery. Use of methadone, anti-depressants, and even substances like disulfiram would have kept you off my “real” recovery list back in the day, although I would have never said so openly lest I discourage anyone from their efforts to improve their quality of life.

I placed in bold the phrase ”quality of life” because this is the area where I had made a clear error in judgment. I, like much of the general public, had confused terms like clean, sane, and sober with recovery. But recovery is a journey… not a definable state, but a continuous improvement, especially in terms of quality of life. It’s about recovering parts one has lost to addiction, and even some that have never been attained. If an anti-depressant or methadone is a tool used to help start this journey, then they should be viewed as part of the recovery process instead of part of the problem.

Conquering my own demons has made me value my sobriety and concurrent recovery. However, watching those same demons shred both loved ones and strangers made me re-evaluate my thoughts on the subject. Addiction is a relentless foe, more often than not periods of sobriety are followed by episodes of relapse. The odds of long term recovery are just not very good. As I mature in my recovery I now see that many more people will start the road to recovery because these tools help break the viscious progression of addiction.

So if I have to choose- (a) just a few completely clean and sober, or (b) many more entering recovery through medical assistance… I’ll take the latter and just look forward to helping those that continue down the path to recovery begin a tapering process when they’re ready.

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1 Scout October 12, 2007 at 9:02 pm

I dont have a link but i will look for it. I only have the new hard copy. I’ll go look now.

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2 The Discovering Alcoholic October 12, 2007 at 9:06 pm

for my recovery meeting at the methadone clinic, I hope you can find a link or copy and paste a passage.

Thanks for following up with me.

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3 Scout October 10, 2007 at 2:54 pm

I found a website that I thought you might like:
http://afirmfwc.org/
integrating 12 steps and MMT and probably Suboxone, too, I’m sure. I poked around there a bit last night but didn’t really have time to look at everything. It made me think of you though…..
have you seen NA’s new literature on medication and the program? I’m super pissed about it — but then, that’s me — angry grl.
Peace,
Scout

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4 The Discovering Alcoholic October 10, 2007 at 5:30 pm

do you have link?

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5 pstephens October 10, 2007 at 4:02 pm

An article on msn.com about an epilesy drug that look promising as alcohol treatment. Here’s the link, but I don’t know how long it will be valid.

http://health.msn.com/centers/mentalhealth/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100171603&GT1=10509

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6 The Discovering Alcoholic October 10, 2007 at 5:31 pm

Great minds must think alike because it was not the same article, but the same story that was the inspiration for this post.

Oh and by the way, I am still waiting on that pizza.

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