tips to help you reclaim your life and move on

tips to help you reclaim your life and move on

2 Important Things You Can Learn from Lindsay Lohan's Struggle with Addiction

by Gauthier Thomas

As a person with an addiction recovery, you know that staying busy and working on your recovery plan is important. Whether you've just realized you may have a problem, or you've been through several rehabs in the past, you're making strides to better your life and recover from a very serious illness.

One of the most important ways to move forward is with the understanding that there is much to learn from those who have experienced addiction before you. With Lindsay Lohan's incredibly public struggle with drugs, there is plenty you can learn from her experiences. Read on for more information.

Even the Brightest Individuals Experience Addiction

As a child, Lindsay Lohan was known for being intelligent, an excellent actor, and an all-around girl next door. Seeing people like this fall into addiction can be confusing. How could they turn to drugs when they had it so well?

The problem here is that addiction does not discriminate. The disease will take anyone, regardless of education, age, health, or financial status. Furthermore, how people present themselves isn't always true to what's going on behind closed doors. The media has made it clear that at least some domestic violence was present in Lohan's childhood. While she may have been smiling on camera, it's difficult to say if she was truly smiling inside.

What You Can Learn from This

What you can learn from this is to avoid thinking poorly of yourself for becoming addicted to any substance. There's a big difference between owning your actions and using them to berate yourself long into the future. It can be hard to resist the temptation to label yourself stupid, irresponsible, or low-class, but this simply isn't the truth. You're a human being with your own unique story, and you deserve love and healing just as much as anyone else. 

Recovery is Never Quick & Requires Significant Lifestyle Changes

Lohan's recovery process began many years ago, shortly after she released a song directed at her father. She wasn't much older than 15 at the time. She was hounded by the paparazzi, in trouble with the law whenever she relapsed, and treated horrifically by the media. It seems only logical that she continued to relapse with so much pressure focused on her. Despite this, she always seemed to find her way back to try again.

It wasn't until she moved away from where she was living, hired a sober coach, and began working with Oprah that she really started to make progress. Being away from much of the source of her temptation was incredibly difficult, but also gave her time to think and heal and grow. It also gave her the safe space she needed to learn how to admit when she'd fallen off the wagon.

What You Can Learn from This

Working on recovery requires a permanent lifestyle change. It's not something that can be accomplished overnight, or in a month, or even in a decade. Although Lohan relapsed many times and failed a number of recovery programs, she always found her way back to try again. That tenacity of spirit is exactly what's needed when you're working the steps or living a sober life.

Always set realistic expectations for your recovery process. If you're at the point where you've just admitted that you're an addict, you can't just go to a facility for 30 days and then be cured. That's just not how it works. Furthermore, if you set unrealistic goals, you are more likely to give up.

Recovery takes time, effort, and a willingness to own or admit that you can't control your use. You may have relapses, or you may want to give up—that's okay. It's part of the process. It's what you do with those feelings that makes the difference. If you relapse, you need to be able to ask for extra support so that you can identify what led to the relapse in the first place. Ask yourself,

  • ​Were you stressed?
  • Did something make you sad, angry, or scared?
  • Were you feeling alone or bored?

Often, relapses are precipitated by strong emotions like this. Knowledge really is power here. If you know what led to your last relapse, you'll be able to prevent the next more effectively. So embrace the process, and don't beat yourself up over the occasional slip. Just use what you learn to strengthen your resolve next time.

Nearly 23 million Americans struggle with substance abuse issues every single year. Devastatingly, only 11 percent of those individuals seek treatment. Give yourself the support you need to learn how to live sober. Contact your local rehab today for more information.


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tips to help you reclaim your life and move on

Sometimes, before we can move on in our lives, we have to accept the situation for what it is. What have we done to get ourselves in the position that we are in? Is there anything that we can do to get past the issues we are having to move on to a brighter future? I struggled for years before I realized what had to be done. I talked with some specialists and learned several self-help tips that have helped me reclaim my life and begin moving towards a much more positive future. My blog will show you the things that have helped me through my personal struggles.