What should clients expect when they reach the recovery phase of their journey?

Shades of Hope believes everyone has the right to a balanced, good life without the burden of addiction. Recovery starts with the recognition of one's understanding [that they are] powerless over the addiction, food or drug, [and] that life has become unmanageable.

Treatment is just the beginning of a life-long journey as one begins to learn to engage in life with new "tools" with different attitudes. The initial 42 days is just the unmasking, understanding, and the beginning of hope if one is open to the painful process of drilling down to the core [to unearth their] secrets, anger and pain.

When one realizes it is about a day-by-day, moment-by-moment commitment to change old patterns [then they begin the] process of a life-long journey. It is about practice, reaching out, [and] being aware of feelings, thoughts, etc.

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