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How Your Sobriety Leaves a Positive Legacy

Your sobriety demonstrates that your family is of the utmost importance to you

Once sober, it is usually easy to see how substance abuse has damaged yourself and your loved ones. In fact, even decades after overcoming addiction, many addicts can recall with great clarity the pain their drinking or drugging caused. However, as powerful as the damage of drug use may be, sobriety can be even more powerful than your drug abuse ever was. Your recovery may leave a legacy for your Anchorage friends and family that will outlive you by several generations.

The Generational Impact of Addiction

The disease of addiction impacts more people than just the addict; for instance, an alcoholic can change the behavior of her entire Anchorage family in the following ways:

  • Members avoid confrontation and conflict
  • Children constantly live with fear
  • People question their significance to the addict
  • Marital trust is undermined, which may lead to estrangement, separation or divorce
  • Young people learn unhealthy ways of managing pain
  • The shame of addiction creates isolation

Children learn from their parents first by seeing, and then by hearing, so an addict’s kids are quite likely to become addicts themselves for both genetic and behavioral reasons. In other words, regardless of how passionately an addict instructs his children to avoid drugs, his children will likely mirror his behavior.

On the other hand, while full healing can take years to achieve, a child who sees a family member overcome addiction can learn the following truths:

  • Personal character
  • Trustworthiness
  • Sacrifice
  • Forgiveness
  • Nobility
  • Honor
  • Strength
  • Honesty
  • Accountability

As you navigate the challenges of sobriety and communicate openly about it, your Anchorage loved ones may learn lessons they can pass along to their own children. Again, young people are far more likely to learn how to live, handle stress and navigate trauma from your behavior, so be mindful of this fact in your recovery.

What Sobriety Says About You

Sobriety says the following truths about any Anchorage resident:

  • You are willing to stand up to challenges
  • Your family is of the utmost importance to you
  • You are strong enough to survive problems
  • You have understanding and wisdom that is valuable to others

You may not believe these statements, but your ability to overcome addiction speaks loudly about your character. Transparency about the issues that fueled your addiction (such as anxiety, fear, insecurity or rebelliousness) can teach other people how to confront those issues in their own lives. In short, remain open and honest with your Anchorage loved ones about your recovery to pass on wisdom, not addiction.

Recovery for Anchorage Drug Addicts

For your own self-respect and peace of mind, it is critical to protect your recovery through ongoing counseling, healthy community and honest communication. If you live in Anchorage and would like to speak to someone about recovery, then please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime. Our admissions coordinators offer excellent resources and assistance, so call now for instant help.