Some common terms you will become familiar with during your recovery:
Approach, program, and structure will be used to mean the same thing.
Addict will refer to someone actively involved with any physical addictions or addictive behaviors, or at least has not yet embraced recovery.
Clean and sober will mean abstinence from mind-altering addictive drugs or addictive behaviors.
Drugs will include alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, over-the-counter and prescription medications, and processed food, especially (processed) sugar, sugar substitutes, and processed carbohydrates.
Feelings will mean emotional feelings and body sensations.
Higher Power, spirit, spiritual, Source, and The Source are used to mean the same thing.
Mental and emotional or mental-emotional are used to mean the same thing as psychological.
Recovery and recovering are used to describe an addict who is clean, or sustaining a maintenance addiction, and actively involved in a recovery program and personal growth.
Triggers and cues mean the same thing.
Using or use mean active involvement in any addiction or addictive behavior.
Understand that, like every other addict, you can only stay clean by choosing to turn away from the darkness of your addiction and towards the light of recovery – one moment, one breath, one step, one day at a time. Know that every day, even every hour, that you are clean is a success for you. Your experience, knowledge, and confidence will build day by day.
Thriving Beyond Addiction offers you the knowledge that can enable you to have a second chance at a first-class life. And it’s yours if you choose it. Breathe slowly and deeply!
Feel your joy, love, & excitement!