As Independence Day looms just around the corner,  feelings of patriotism and freedom electrify the country as we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of our freedom. The streets will be speckled in red, white and blue, and the ballads of patriotism will echo across the country. As the freedom bells ring, so will the words “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.”

Freedom may be interpreted in a variety of ways, but is defined as “the power or right to act, think or speak as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” Freedom is part of what makes America so great; it can be both a blessing or a curse.

On one hand, having free will can lead people to be victims of their own devices; having access to any thing they want any time they want it breeds addicts in the realm of substance abuse. On the other hand, having free will in a country  fueled by brotherhood means there are always options and answers, especially in battling substance abuse disorders. As you celebrate and reflect on Independence Day this year, consider the abilities you have as an American that you might take for granted. Excellent healthcare systems nationwide and an ever-evolving battle against the addiction crisis create a huge network of resources for recovery.

At St. John’s Recovery Place, we understand that summertime  and the holiday celebrations therewith can be a troubling time for those struggling with substance abuse disorders. However, at least we know we’re free – free to ask for help and to get the help you need without any judgement. Give us a call today at 833-397-3422 to learn more about your options for recovery at our detox and residential facility. However you celebrate this Independence Day, try to remind yourself why you’re proud to be an American, and think of a thing or two you typically take for granted.