Consider for a moment the fact that tens of thousands of people are struggling with addiction and alcoholism in our country, right this very moment. According to statistics, one hundred people or more will die today of an opioid over dose. Since 2015 alone, the number of opioid overdose deaths has risen by more than 20,000 people. Our struggles with mental illness, addictions of all kinds, and other behavioral health issues are soaring.

Yet, many of us don’t want to get help. It seems almost ridiculous to imagine. If we are sick, suffering, struggling, unhappy, and unhealthy, why would we possibly refuse to get help? It is one of the most perplexing parts of mental illness in all of its forms and when we are watching a loved one struggle with mental illness, it is perhaps the most frustrating. Even when our loved one’s struggles are obvious to them, they might continue to refuse to get help and find recovery in their lives. Mental illnesses can be manipulative, controlling, and even seductive, coercing someone into believing that their imprisonment within the symptoms of mental illness are their freedom. More specifically, when we are sick, we often believe that what we have is what we get and what we get is what we deserve. We don’t believe we deserve better. In fact, we stop believing that better is even possible for us. If we do believe that better is possible, we don’t know how to find it. Like an amnesia has taken over, we forget what it is like to truly be free, to truly receive and give healthy love, to live a limitless life of abundance, serenity, and peace.

All of these things are possible with recovery. All of these things become possible in the very second we decide that better is possible, even if we aren’t sure we deserve it or that we can achieve it. In the very nanosecond that we make the shift toward thinking that a different life- a life free from addiction, struggle, or strife- is possible, it becomes our reality. We open the gates of our lives to allow healing and recovery in. We put a roadblock in the open access our struggling has had in our lives. For the first time in a long time, we feel a glimpse, a glimmer, a breeze, a semblance of hope: we can, and we will, be free.

The Responsibility Of Freedom

Recovery is freedom from suffering. By dictionary definition, recovery is “a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength”. Through treatment, therapy, holistic healing, accountability, and support, we find that we recover one day at a time, returning to a more normal state of health, mind, or strength as we go.

The world is our oyster in recovery as we liberate ourselves from the imprisonment of our struggles, but finding the real pearls of life, and maintaining the integrity of those treasures, takes a lot of work. Our jobs, our friends, our family, our relationships, our houses, our cars, our clothes, our bills- every single part of our life which we get back in recovery is a pearl in its own right and every single one of these treasures are incredibly fragile because they are dependent upon our recovery. Should we relapse or revert into old behaviors, we risk losing all of our freedom. There’s nothing that we cannot do in recovery aside from participate in our harmful behaviors and receive non-harmful results. Having a relatively limitless life full of endless possibilities is exhilarating, but can also be overwhelming because, with great potential comes great responsibility.

Managing Freedom

Trying to manage all of the responsibilities of all our freedoms plus the requirements of our recovery alone can be extremely challenging. It isn’t that we’re not up to the challenge if we find we can’t manage everything on our own. It is that we aren’t meant to manage everything on our own in recovery. Our freedom need never make us feel as isolated, alone, and as powerless as our addictions, mental, and behavioral health issues did. What we need is a team and a support network who can afford us the structure, accountability, and un-ending encouragement we need.

Hired Power was designed to help families bring recovery home and focus on what matters most: living life fully, together. The threat of relapse is real enough to put strain on any one individual’s life and a family’s life together, but living in recovery doesn’t have to be that way- nor should it be. Real time information takes all of the guessing work out of attempting to manage our own or a loved one’s recovery. Hired Power’s Monitoring Services gives us a Care Manager to check in with every day and an open source of communication with our family and support team. We provide real-time data through live uploading breathalyzer testing to ensure our sobriety. Throughout the day, we check in about going to meetings, our various appointments, and upholding our responsibilities of recovery while we enjoy the freedoms recovery has given us.

Real life people with real life experiences in recovery help us feel supported and guided through every circumstance life brings us. Hired Power’s Personal Recovery Assistants are certified professionals who have a minimum of 5-years recovery in their personal lives. Whether we are attending a function, traveling, cleaning out our homes, or navigating through a difficult time, we know that someone who knows what it is like to face the challenges of recovery is right there to face the challenges with us.

Having the support of Hired Power services allows us to live the limitless life that is possible for us by offering us the structure and support we need to wring every last ounce of juice out of living safely in our recovery. Enjoying freedom responsibly never has to be done alone. Hired Power is here to stand by us, every step of the way.

Hired Power knows what it takes to stay sober and maintain recovery. Our recovery services are designed with two key goals in mind: to help you stay on the path of recovery and make sure that you can bring recovery home. With a team of experienced professionals with unmatched passions, you can feel secure knowing you’re never alone. We’re here to stand by you.