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Even on a show that is known for edge-of-the-seat real-world tension and excitement, it was a powerful scene. On the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, rookie Captain Jake Anderson had to deal with two crew members showing up late. Even worse, they came to work after drinking, making their dangerous job even more hazardous.
But for Captain Anderson, it was much more than that, as evidenced by the exasperation in his voice when he said, "This is a serious offense, because I'm a (bleeping) alcoholic myself. You compromised MY sobriety by drinking around me like this."
Let that sink in for just a moment.
Professionally, Captain Anderson was rightfully angered by the irresponsibility shown by his workers when they showed up two hours late. Their behavior put his ship in jeopardy when they weren't at their posts.
But personally, he was even more livid because their drinking endangered his sobriety. According to his official show bio, Anderson overcame a "crippling" opioid addiction in 2010. And like anyone in successful recovery, he evidently realizes that his sobriety has to come FIRST - before his position, his ship, and even his personal relationships.
Avoiding Potential Triggers Is Crucial to a Successful Recovery
One of the first lessons that a person in drug or alcohol rehab learns is that if they want their sobriety to last, they will have to make a number of lifestyle changes. One of the biggest changes is learning how to avoid anything that might "trigger" cravings or behaviors that could lead to a rematch.
These triggers can be almost anything -
Why Are All of These "Lifestyle Changes" Necessary? Isn't Abstaining Enough?
Simply "not drinking or using" is only the beginning of true sobriety. Without strong support, the cravings resulting from unchecked triggers can overwhelm a person's resolve and best intentions. When an individual in recovery begins to make these changes, they start to craft their own support system, by:
The disease of addiction is characterized by dysfunctional, destructive behaviors that are learned over time, and conversely, recovery can be described as learning new behaviors, and this will also take time.
Northpoint Recovery offers Idaho's premier addiction rehab program, and by using recognized, evidence-based strategies, they can give you the tools and assistance you need as you discover a whole new way to live your life free from the influence of drugs and alcohol.