Before Symetria, I was in and out of rehabs and mental health places. Maybe eleven different times. I also tried AA, NA and every type of meeting possible. I went to group therapy and psychiatrists. Nothing seemed to fit. I never felt like I fit in anywhere or found anything to anchor my recovery.
Symetria is different because I finally got a realistic option. Before, I was told this is how it was, here are the meetings, get sober and that was it. Symetria, had the support I needed, with therapy, psychiatry and anyone here that I could talk to about anything. But, I also had the option of Suboxone here. Before that, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong and why I couldn’t just get sober. When I finally got on Suboxone, I was able to use all the tools and the things that I learned and finally get sober.
My biggest struggle is having a healthy social life. As I always associated friends with hanging out, partying, and using. I had a hard time making new friends. But, now I have a great relationship with my family. I mended a lot of broken relationships. I do have a social life it’s just not so much with friends because I don’t have time to just hang out. I have responsibilities, I am a mom, and I value that more.
My advice to someone trying to get sober or stay sober is to keep an open mind. There are a lot of options out there and it might not just be one option, it might a combination of options. Whatever your story is, what led you to addiction, what led you to recovery, there is something that will work for you. Don’t give up.