Early on in my recovery, I expected people to forgive me because – after all – I had been sober for three months. It was easy to be upset when I felt my loved ones were still holding the past against me. Wearing my rose-colored glasses, I didn’t understand that true forgiveness takes a long time to earn. I came to that realization through my step work which helped me understand that, while people might forgive me for a specific thing if I asked, it would take a long time for my family to become willing to forgive me across the board.
There are 23 million Americans in long-term recovery from their alcohol or drug abuse, and I imagine that many of them of them lived in “sober livings” or recovery housing as they learned how to navigate life without drugs or alcohol. Today, sober livings are under siege as NIMBYism ramps up. I’m hearing rumblings about legislative movements to shuttle sober living homes off to industrial zones, or to shut them down entirely. It’s particularly disturbing because, as a result of their brain disease, our residents are classified as Americans with Disabilities, and their protections are threatened by the growing storm.
By Jeanie Gschweng, General Manager, CSTL
If you ask me the number one reason people should choose to live at Clean & Sober Recovery Services, it’s the sense of community, and it’s the way we structure our community.
When I first arrived at CSTL as a resident, I knew that I didn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of staying sober if I returned to the environment where all my people drank and used. So, here’s where the humility part comes in: I had to admit to myself that I didn’t know how to navigate a sober life. I didn’t know how to make my way through the day’s challenges without the help of mood or mind-altering substances. And the sober role models in my life were few and far between. I was a snowball – straight out of treatment – who was going to melt in the hot sun OR find out how to build a life of recovery.
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