Thursday, November 13, 2008

Promises is more than just a rehab center, it's a place where the challenges of sobriety are faced in a realistic way. Most people think of rehab as a lock-down facility, where you go for the therapy and psych services, and where when you leave there is a high rate of relapse because social aspects of the addiction are not addressed. Sucessful substance abuse treatment has to take into account that nothing happens in a vacuum. It's not enough to get clean, you have to learn how to stay clean in the real world. As someone who learned how to cope with reality again after living with food addictions, I can fully appreciate that if you can't be safe in your own life, you won't succeed at sobriety.

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