Just because a substance is “legal” and the doctors say it’s “non addictive”… doesn’t mean it’s safe for folks struggling with addiction. Many of us in sobriety continue to numb with “doctor approved medications”, sugar, junk food, caffeine, codependent relationships and nicotine.

JUST BECAUSE IT’S LEGAL DOESN’T MEAN IT’S NOT ADDICTIVE.

The truth of the matter is this:
Addicts can become addicted to everything.

Before you can love someone else you have to know & love who YOU are.
For most addicts that’s hard to do in early recovery because for the past [fill in the blank years] we have been numbing and running from the world and ourselves. Before relationships we have to heal from the past & love ourselves for the FIRST TIME so we can have truly wonderful partners & friends in the future. This is why the rooms say “wait a year”. It’s not a rule to control and discipline us but rather a general guidline that protects us … so embrace it and trust it.
Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through your own pain. Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain. Whatever the substance you are addicted to - alcohol, food, legal or illegal drugs, or a person - you are using something or somebody to cover up your pain.
—  Eckhart Tolle

These massive feet belong to a bald eagle that came in last week after being poisoned by something she ate. We weren’t sure if she was going to make it, but she pulled through and was released today! There’s no better feeling than helping one of these birds get back to the wild. 🐤👋🎉 #bird #eagle #rehab

Remember, one who enjoys more is bound to suffer more because he becomes very sensitive. But suffering is not bad. If you understand it rightly, suffering is a cleansing. If you understand it rightly, sadness has a depth to it which no happiness can ever have. A person who is simply happy is always superficial. A person who has not known sorrow and has not known sadness, has not known the depths. He has not touched the bottom of his being; he has remained just on the periphery. One has to move within these two banks. Within these two banks flows the river.
—  Osho

Detoxification programs need money to survive, and without it, you’d stand a better chance at recovery by binge-watching The Flintstones Kids — Just Say No video until it’s literally the only thing running through your brain. I know this because I spent two years working at a state-run detox that the state had completely given up on because there were other, more important things to spend its money on. It had already fallen apart by the time I got there, and it only got worse. It was so bad that spending years toiling in convenience stores actually became a better action plan for my life.

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