The Courage To Change

Having the courage to change is in my estimation the single greatest predictor of success in recovery.

A person must adapt and not settle for the path of least resistance. Doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result could be a recipe for failure.

A person might get a payoff from engaging in unhealthy behavior. Or he or she might choose to live with symptoms rather than take the medication that can stop the symptoms completely. Either way, he or she might not be invested in creating positive changes, for numerous reasons alongside these.

I’m here to tell readers that the benefits of making positive changes outweigh the negative.

Consider that your medication causes you to fall asleep during the day. This could cause you to be in danger of losing your job if you boss doesn’t allow for this.

A simple switch in dose time could change things so that you’re awake all day, every day.

My story is that in 2007 I started taking Geodon and it was like a miracle drug. I started to wake up two hours earlier and go to bed earlier and sleep straight through the night for 7 or 8 hours. The old drug had stopped being effective.

As soon as I switched and started taking the Geodon at night instead of in the morning I was wide awake every day instead of falling asleep three days a week. I write about this in one of my books because it’s imperative that a person doesn’t give up hope in this regard. Discontinuing your medication isn’t the solution when a remedy like this could be possible.

Always talk with your pdoc about these things before making a change.

You might be surprised about what’s possible.

Having the courage to change is one of the all-time great skills in recovery.

I’d love to hear your comments on this.

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Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She owns a resume writing and career help business. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and a fitness buff.

One thought on “The Courage To Change”

  1. I agree with you completely, Chris. Recovery is all about COURAGE. My rabbi taught me this phrase: “May we have the courage, to make our lives a blessing.” There is so much choice in recovery — not everything can we control, but we also have such an opportunity to ask for help and to accept it.

    I always read your blog.
    You are brave and courageous, Chris Bruni.

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