It is a heavy subject, and working on oneself is not always an easy thing to do. It can be easy to become lost in fear, uncertainty, or hopelessness, making humor in recovery more important. Banyan’s Heartland Treatment Center has created some of our own recovery memes to tickle your funny bone while healing from addiction or mental illness.
This meme says it all. It can seem much easier to pretend a problem does not exist rather than address the issue at hand. Sadly, electing to go down this route can result in even worse problems for the struggling individual. Acknowledgment and acceptance are crucial in effectively moving forward.
Addiction is a hard concept for some people to wrap their heads around. Stigma and misunderstanding of the facets of this condition may lead some to assume that it is all a choice. While choosing to drink or do drugs is obviously done at the free will of the addicted, the insidious nature of this disease is something that is often disregarded. The important thing to remember is that there are people out there who understand how serious such a diagnosis is and who are willing and ready to help you get clean for good.
A common misconception of people who are new to the world of recovery is that the work ends once rehab concludes. The reality is that it is just getting started. Maintaining the lessons learned in recovery is crucial to avoiding relapse. A person is responsible for practicing good judgment in the face of temptation and surrounding themselves with people who understand the weight of the situation.
One of the biggest opponents of successful recovery is the presence of misinformation and stigma regarding these conditions. Many people would prefer to act like nothing is happening because they do not grasp how serious addiction is. Others may feel guilty or ashamed because of the stigma in their families or communities. Many of these inspirational memes seek to highlight this phenomenon and illustrate that getting help can be a life-changing endeavor.
Overcoming addiction is an amazing feat, but it is only a small portion of the work. It is worth investing in therapy programs that can begin to address the trauma, experiences, and mental illnesses that contributed to the addiction. If a person ignores these issues and their role, it can make it more likely they will fall victim to relapse.
If a person’s answer to their loved ones’ concerns about their substance use is always “I can stop when I want to,” chances are they cannot stop if they want to. If they wanted to, they would, but a clear disregard for the consequences or negative side effects can be a clear indicator of a deeper issue at play.
If you are in recovery, all it takes is one use to set the clock back. Whether you are bored at home or among friends that do not grasp the severity of addiction recovery, submitting to the temptation means that there could be more work that needs to be done. That said, a relapse does not mean all hope is lost.
If any of these addiction recovery memes have made you smile, then the mission accomplished. And remember that in the face of a relapse, our Heartland detox is equipped to help you overcome withdrawal symptoms and get back to the things that matter most.