When I was 18 I got into heroin, after a bad car accident (while I was high) in which I severely injured my foster brother my family gave me the ultimatum: rehab or leave the family. At that point the threat of losing my family is the ONLY thing that would have gotten me to commit to my recovery. So I spent 6 months in rehab and learned some very valuable life lessons.
- You can admit you don't have control over something in your life and still be a strong person.
- You (and others) can and will forgive you for mistakes you made, if you are genuinely remorseful.
- There is a great amount of power in 'the group'. The rehab center I spent my time in was a 12 step center, so we spent a lot of time in group meetings/therapy.
- You need to be an active participant in your recovery, you can't just be along for the ride.
- Addiction feeds on excuses. If you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them, forever limiting yourself.
- You alone are in charge of your life, you alone have the power to change it - for the good and the bad.