Recovery from a substance abuse disorder is a long journey. This can sometimes intimidate those who need help. And while each person's progression through recovery will be unique to them, general misconceptions exist — like that seeking help means sacrificing control over your life.
Wendy Williams, a noted daytime talk show host and former radio personality, recently demonstrated how entering recovery does not mean giving up obligations or hobbies. As she continues to battle substance abuse and film her show daily, Williams is an example for how individuals needing help can get assistance and still maintain a regular, fulfilling life.
Filming while commuting from sober house
For viewers of The Wendy Williams Show, there was almost no way to know their favorite host had been taping each day and living at a sober house the whole time. While Wendy Williams had missed time recently because of a thyroid issue, she had returned in early March and the show seemingly never skipped a beat. Later in the month, she informed her audience about steps she had taken to address a substance abuse disorder, something she said she's battled in the past.
While Williams was taping her show, she also was living in a sober house and commuting to group addiction counseling sessions. The revelation was a surprise, as Williams continued to reveal she had a 24-hour sobriety coach, facts only herself and immediate family knew.
Outpatient treatment allows you to pursue life and sobriety together
Living in a sober house has not stopped Williams from hosting her show, nor from launching a substance abuse disorder hotline — which was the initial basis for the announcement. Williams is taking care of her professional duties and doing good for her community as she recovers. This is the opportunity outpatient treatment offers to those who need help, but may be hesitant.
Outpatient treatment similar to the kind Williams is going through involves receiving care in-residence, whether at home or a sober-living house. Participation in group meetings or other activities and events is personalized to an individual's schedule to ensure they can still go to work, take care of kids or attend a birthday party. This part-time flexibility is an advantage compared to other options like inpatient or partial hospitalization, which usually require admitting to a facility.
However, there is a higher level of personal responsibility when it comes to managing recovery in an outpatient program. This is a good learning experience and time to build self-discipline, but will require accountability. Care providers usually don't place anyone in outpatient who couldn't reasonably deal with the risks or temptations.
If you're interested in more about outpatient or the different treatment options, contact Fairwinds Treatment Centers today.