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I believe it is easy to get sober, it’s incredibly difficult to stay sober. Once the active disease has been arrested, the challenge lies in acclimating the newly sober person back into their real life free of drugs and alcohol.

This is especially true for millennial’s, like me, and the ‘failure to launch’ population. It is an area of recovery most people never focus on. It is not glamorous and it is not where the money is. However, it is just as, if not more important, in helping the addict battle their chronic on-going problem as detox.

 

After multiple attempts at treatment, with it’s highly structured system operating for me, I was ill prepared for the real world when treatment finished and I was thrust back into the chaos. There was no long term plan. No community or fellowship I could lean on. And every time I ended up back in treatment. I knew there had to be a better way. This is why I started Widespread Recovery.

At Widespread Recovery our core belief is the absolute need for long term aftercare. Our focus is on integration, not isolation. We work with the addict to prepare them for the hard realities of life after treatment. We assist our residents with resume building and job placement, getting back into school, learning how to budget, obtaining service work, and other executive functioning skills. I am extremely proud to say that my brother, Rick, who I helped get sober over a year ago, is now the Director of the company and doing an amazing job.

Now, under the direction and influence of both Bob Forrest and Dr Drew and in correlation with EIC TV Network, I am creating a series of video blogs that focus on shedding light and understanding on the deadly disease of addiction. The videos are for the recovering addict as well as those in their lives. We hope to show that the addict needs to be treated with respect, but not handled with kid gloves. We have the only disease you can get yelled at for having. Then again, part of our symptoms are lying, cheating, and stealing.

Addiction does not dictate who we are, but it does not justify our actions. We want people to understand that recovery doesn’t happen in 30, 60, or 90 days as we have been led to believe. Recovery takes time. That setting reasonable expectations and a high level of accountability provide the best chance for someone to live a life void of alcohol and drugs.

You can’t expect a 7 year old to turn 21 overnight. But, you can expect that with guidance, support, accountability, love, and a helping hand they WILL get there.

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