Greetings! I'm Annissa B. the Executive Director at The Way Out SLH. I wanted to blog a little bit today about taking action in recovery. Long before I ever got sober I made the decision to stop using drugs and alcohol. Of course, a decision by itself, does not lead to results. I continued to use and could not understand why nothing ever changed for the better. As a matter of fact, it continuously got worse. Asking for help was not enough either. It wasn't until action was taken on my part that anything changed. Being told how to do better isn't the same as doing better. I had to follow through. Once I determined that I could not go on living this way any longer I began a program of action. That is when the miracle happened. There are steps involved, it is a process. At first it was very difficult. They told me I had to change everything about myself. Who I hung around, how I thought, where I went. Then they gave me the tools to do that. Through taking the appropriate action I have learned to be responsible for my own behavior.
So often I have witnessed others, usually during a crisis brought on by their usage, swear off of it. They state this time it will be different, so on and so forth, only to continue to do the same things and expect different results. Taking action is the catalyst for change. I could not have done it alone. I had a lot of help from many good people along the way, of that there is no doubt. However, I took the suggestions that were given to me and applied them to my daily living. Today, I am proud to say, I have done a complete 180. I am living sober. So can you. Do not hesitate to contact me if you want to know how. Thanks for reading!