Freedom is one of our most valuable possessions.
Yet, we take it for granted. We don’t appreciate the value of freedom until we lose it. To have freedom is to have options, to be able to do what you choose. Do you get to choose how you live? You may not realize how much control you have in your own life. You may wish you could live in a bigger home, or even a mansion. Maybe you wish you lived in another city. Have you ever considered that you are allowed to sleep in your own bed, the bed and mattress of your choosing? You can play music at night, or you can choose not to play music. You can fall asleep on the couch, watching television.
What about when you lose your freedom?
In a jail cell, you don’t choose your mattress, you are given a very thin one. At drug treatment centers, you cannot go out to the living room to watch television late at night. In a sober living home, you will share your room with strangers. You will lose the freedom of privacy and choice.
If you are clean and you don’t value your clean time, you may relapse.
If you go to recovery meetings, you will hear the message that using drugs ends in institutions and death. You will convince yourself that you know what you are doing. You know how to go right up to the edge of death and stop. you have made it this far, why not one more time?
Every addict, just before dying of an overdose, thought they could stop and turn back.
Right up until that last deadly dose of drugs, they had not yet died. They never expected to make the deadly mistake of taking too much. Death is the ultimate loss of freedom in this world. You don’t get to choose to do anything anymore.
Go outside and take a deep breath of fresh air. Feel the breeze on your face.
You have freedom today. If you are in your first year of getting clean, it is easy to take this freedom for granted. Yet, if you don’t, you will give it up. When you lose your freedom, you will realize what you have lost. Your freedom is your most valuable possession.
If you stay grateful for your freedom, you will value it more.
You will do what it takes to not lose it. It helps to write down what you are grateful for every day. Keep a list of all of the choices you are allowed to make in your life. There are more than you may realize at first.
When you play games with your recovery, you risk your most valuable possession, your freedom. If you are on medication assisted treatment with a doctor, if you are prescribed buprenorphine, Suboxone, Subutex or Zubsolv, following the program is important.
Don’t make up your own program.
This is your addiction tricking you into making a step in the wrong direction. Skipping medication or making changes to the prescribed dose, missing group meetings. You need to see a therapist as well as going to meetings. You need a sponsor and you need to work the 12 steps. And, you need a support system of clean friends you can associate with and call for help.
Following the program helps you to keep your freedom.
If you are able to live at home with your family and go to work every day, be aware that you are lucky. Even if things are not perfect, they could get a lot worse if you relapse and take drugs again. You know that you will not get away with it. Getting high never ends well.
If you are not free right now because you are still taking dangerous opioids today such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone or other opiates, call Mark Leeds, D.O. Dr. Leeds is an osteopathic physician in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. Patients in the surrounding communities of Pompano Beach, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors and Plantation have been helped by Dr. Leeds. Medication Assisted Treatment may be right for you and allow you to continue with your current lifestyle, avoiding longterm sickness and dangerous drug cravings. Call 954-776-6226.