As we start the new year, many will be making a resolution to start a life of sobriety. Whether you are just out of rehab or have been in recovery for a while, you mustn't feed into skepticism from family and friends. As an addiction professional, one of the most common excuses I hear from people who start using again is that "everyone thought I was using, so I did." People use the accusation of using drugs as a justification for relapsing and fall victim to their past.
For those with a long history of drug abuse, it is natural that your loved ones are going to assume you've used something. People operate off patterns and past conduct. Even though realizing your past behavior created these allegations is tough to come to terms with. Doing so will prevent you from getting angry and making a mistake. Continuous good practice will change the skeptics' viewpoint as long as you don't get caught in a trap you set for yourself along the way.
It is also important to realize that a slip doesn't have to be a fall. If you feel you are going to make a wrong decision or revert to drug use, get in contact with a counselor or a local support group to get your recovery back on track. Information on local meetings and rehabilitation services can be found on addicted.org.
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