I’m 38 Days Clean and Sober. How Can I Keep This Up?

“Dear Hagrid,

I’m 38 days clean and sober from heroin.  This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  For real.  So, anyways, I just got out of rehab and now I’m trying to figure out what to do next.  I don’t want to go back to using, but I honestly don’t know how to be a grown up without drugs.   What do you suggest?

Former Junkie Who Wants to Never Go Back”

Dear Human,

First of all, congratulations on 38 days!  You are smelling better already.  This is a big beautiful world, and that heroin crap blocks your mind from being able to be here in it with the rest of us.

Your brain is in the process of healing now.   My best buddy, the psychotherapist, says that experts have shown that it takes a long time for the brain to recover from the stuff you were putting in it (and, while a lot of things can heal, some things may never quite be the same).

Patience with your healing brain is going to be really important.

So, hey, don’t take your brain all that seriously right now.  Since your brain is currently programmed to think that drugs are good, it’s probably going to whine frequently about how it needs drugs to be okay.  You are going to have to ignore it.  Chances are, unless you have some help, you aren’t going to be able to ignore it. Continue reading I’m 38 Days Clean and Sober. How Can I Keep This Up?