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For the longest time I believed I needed alcohol because it somehow made me a bigger, better, bolder, version of myself. It was a magical band-aid that HEALED MY INSECURITIES and transformed me into a confident, go-getter, who was the life of the party. It made me feel wittier and prettier... UNTIL it didn't. Instead of completing me, alcohol depleted me and nearly destroyed my life. It manipulated my dopamine 'loving' brain into believing that I needed it (and other drugs) to feel GOOD about being, Susan.
Recovery Is No Longer A One-Size
Recovery has come a long way in the past 50 years and is no longer a one-size-fits-all package. Whether you seek to embrace the 12-steps of Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous or are interested in learning more about entering a treatment facility? Or an out-patient program that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, with one-on-one counseling and recovery support. Or feel that a non 12-step holistic or faith-based approach would work best for you? Today, you have REAL CHOICES that work!
Colusa County Recovery
Substance Use and Co-Occurring Mental Disorders
A substance use disorder (SUD) is a mental disorder that affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to a person’s inability to control their use of substances such as legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or medications. Symptoms can range from moderate to severe, with addiction being the most severe form of SUDs.
Individuals who experience a substance use disorder (SUD) during their lives may also experience a co-occurring mental disorder and vice versa. Co-occurring disorders can include anxiety disorders, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and schizophrenia, among others. For more information, please see the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders Research Report.
“The first picture is of me is when I was in full blown meth and heroin/fentanyl addiction. Yes, I know the picture is raw and gross but this is REAL ADDICTION. A look of me at my lowest. Recently, I celebrate 6 months clean and sober! Today, I can wake up every morning and I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to make it through the day. Today, I don’t have to worry about if I’m going to end up in jail. Today, I’m holding down a full time job. Today, I’m living on my own for the first time in my life. Today, I’m beyond happy with my life and don’t want to die every day. Today, I don’t cry all day every day. HAPPY 6 MONTHS TO ME!”
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. MAT has proved to be clinically effective and to significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services for these individuals. MAT provides a more comprehensive, individually tailored program of medication and behavioral therapy that address the needs of most patients. The ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed life. Visit our Quit Opioids page or SAMHSA to learn more.
I spent 20 years in a dark place using meth, destroying every relationship I ever had. Took me spending 2 years of my life in prison to see the right path. Thank you mom for always believing I had it in me! You'll always be missed!!! 34 years sober when you passed, I will hit that mark!!!
2 years and 5 month clean! (as of Jan 2023)
Inspirational Videos Create Positive Vibes
Why is it good to watch motivational and inspirational videos? Motivational and inspirational videos works like medicine and treat our mind with positive vibes. These types of videos can uplift our spirits, strengthen our minds, and create greater personal productivity.