Victoria Doramus, a consumer trends expert and creative marketer, has seen the ups and downs of trying to recover from an addiction. She spent several years trying to fight her addiction to Adderall and cocaine. After a few short term stays at a couple addiction centers she found herself alone and pushing away everyone that loved her and tried to help her recover. After admitting herself to a strict long term treatment program she realized that addiction is not best battled alone. Victoria moved back to New York and worked with non profit addiction centers. She plans to open her own halfway house in the future to help addicts by providing the same type of support that she has received.
Realizations In Recovery
For Victoria, she realizes the addiction was not about the substances, but about symptoms of a much larger problem. Now that she is sober she is dealing with the challenge of keeping emotional sobriety. She attempts to maintain this by going to groups and participating as well as seeing an addiction therapist. Victoria Doramus (@victoriadoramus) now strongly believes that full recovery takes a village of people. She also says that sobriety is not always the easiest choice for addicts to make because addicts literally have love for the drug of choice and can’t really imagine their lives without it. It’s a sick and intense relationship, however it comes before all other things in your life.
Advice For Addicts Who Seek Recovery
If Victoria had any advice for others it would be that they are the only ones who can make the commitment to change. Change is possible no matter how deeply involved you are. You have to be willing to be honest and reflect on your behaviors that put you in a bad place. The key to recovery is transparency and once you become honest and accountable the outcome will be great. Victoria Doramus says she stopped playing victim and faced her mistakes head on and she was able to learn, heal, and grow. She says she has evolved so much in only a year’s time. Recovery becomes a journey of constant evolution and discovery. Follow Doramus on Twitter.