Posted on Aug 4, 2019

Suboxone Clinic Miami - Doctor Mitchell Robert

One Off's and The Fog Of Recovery
by Dr. Robert Ben Mitchell, D.O.
www.trafn.com - 786-262-5750

Stable recovery is a great thing, but the longer it goes on, the less we remember about what it was like before we got clean. When this happens, just like a bad lover who we can’t wait to get away from but then years later reminisce about fondly, addicts can unwittingly enter into the fog of recovery where we recall “the good times” while de-focusing on all the dangers of drug use.

One off’s occur when someone in stable recovery convinces themself that they have been away from drugs for so long that they are both immune to relapse and can now use drugs in safe moderation. Unfortunately, without our knowing or realizing it, while in stable recovery our bodies quickly lose their tolerance to the drugs we used to use, so that those large amounts we could once do safely in the past have now become death sentences.

We are never stronger than the drugs which used to own us. We are never more in control than the most out of control days we left behind us. At best, we are only making an extraordinary, day-by-day effort to keep our heads above water. We are always vulnerable, we are always susceptible, and we are always at risk of relapse. And hidden within the fog of recovery lies the siren of one off’s, waiting to lull us into a false sense of certainty, a false sense of security, and, ultimately, death.

In Memory of Mollie (03/23/88 - 10/31/18)

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