There’s the old saying “getting sober is the easy part, staying sober is work”. I couldn’t agree more. I was speaking to someone today about the “outside” issues that can arise once alcoholics get sober. Being in the business of sober living, we see individuals in early recovery start to feel feelings, reconnect with family and deal with life again. For most of us, this is not an easy or graceful process. The 12 steps make it possible for us to tackle life’s challenges. Often, part of those challenges require seeking outside help from doctors, psychiatrists or other programs. There is no shame in admitting that the 12 steps haven’t “fixed” all of your issues. My relationship with God means that I am now capable of seeking out other resources and utilizing them with an honest, open mind to further my own growth. Sobriety is the foundation and requirement for any outside help to have a real effect. Camelback Recovery clients are encouraged to continue any treatment or psychiatric help they are engaged in, alongside their 12 step work. In fact, many of our clients have long-term sobriety from drugs and alcohol but come into our home while they complete an intensive to work on family dynamics, relationship issues or other addictions that have surfaced. Recovery is a journey, let God guide you on that journey and you will be amazed at what you find.