Miley Cyrus: A Recovery Role Model

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Miley Cyrus’s battle with addiction has been highly publicized over the past couple of years. In 2015, Miley Cyrus was photographed in a recording studio surrounded by what appeared to be drug paraphernalia. Miley’s loved ones and fans watched her addiction story unfold in the news. Despite the difficulties she undoubtedly has faced in working through her addictions, Miley has seemingly emerged victorious. In fact, she now stands as a recovery role model for others who are battling addictions. To better understand what makes Miley a recovery role model, let us take a look at how she got to where she is now.

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Miley’s Drug Addictions

Miley Cyrus has been open about her drug usage for quite a few years. Photos went around the web depicting her using various drug paraphernalia. However, in 2015, things seemed to spiral out-of-control while on a camping trip with friends. According to an inside source, one of Miley’s friends told her to lick a banana slug, and this caused intense swelling in her mouth and a large rash across her body. She was treated with antibiotics and steroids, but the rash apparently did not go away quickly. This incident came a week before Miley Cyrus hostedSaturday Night Live.

One source claims that she was stoned for the entirety of the show’s filming and had chain-smoked blunts all week long. In the past, Miley Cyrus supposedly went on cocaine benders and tok hallucinogenic mushrooms. These addictive behaviors seemed to isolate some of the people closest to Miley Cyrus, as is the case with many people struggling with their addictions.

Many of her fans might wonder where Miley Cyrus’ family and friends were in all of this struggle. According to some reports, Miley’s mother, Tish Cyrus, reached out to Miley’s former flames, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Liam Hemsworth. She wanted help staging an intervention. However, it seems that Miley was opposed to going to rehabilitation for quite some time. Her recovery has been on her own accord, and the fact that she seems to genuinely want to recover could lead to a more enduring and fulfilled sobriety.

Switching to Sober Living

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Miley Cyrus has made the choice to stop smoking weed and is now walking her own sobriety path. In a recent interview with SiriusXM Radio, Miley stated that it has been several months since she has smoked weed and that she is seeing some positive results. While she isn’t condemning others who smoke weed or cutting off her friends who smoke it, Miley Cyrus is apparently comfortable enough being around it without partaking.

Miley Cyrus claims that her decision to quit smoking weed and drinking alcohol was on her own time. She noticed that her addition was negatively impacting her creativity.  Miley now draws inspiration from the musicians around her who are not smoking marijuana or drinking alcohol in excess. She recently told reporters that she values having a clear mind and knows exactly where she wants to be in her career.

Physical and Emotional Sobriety

Of course, making the switch to sober living is different for everyone. There is much more to recovery than simply abstaining from an addictive substance. Filling the void is difficult. Sobriety is both physical and emotional. Emotional sobriety means that we learn ways of better coping with our emotions while on the pathway of recovery. Those who have struggled with addictions often build up defense mechanisms to help them ignore or downplay their emotions. This is also referred to as a form of self-medicating. When you are emotionally sober, you are more in touch with your feelings, regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

As of right now, it seems that Miley Cyrus has embraced emotional sobriety in addition to physical sobriety. She has been known to speak somewhat lightheartedly and jokingly about some of her issues with addiction. But openness on any level generally reflects a willingness to confront difficult emotions. Establishing and maintaining a healthy emotional equilibrium is much easier said than done. However, Miley Cyrus and other celebrities who are on their recovery journeys show us that physical and emotional sobriety need to occur hand-in-hand for long-term success.

The Recovery Work That Lies Ahead

According to Miley’s older sister Brandi Cyrus, Miley is focusing on happiness and is slowing herself down by spending more time at home with her family and beloved animals. Minimizing a hectic life schedule can significantly improve the chance of sustaining a successful recovery from addiction. Miley will be returning as a judge on season 13 of the television singing competition show The Voice.

She admits that if anyone had told her to not smoke marijuana, she would not have listened to them She also admits that she had to find the will within herself to want to quit her addictions. Miley isn’t alone in her willingness to quit smoking weed cold turkey. Many other celebs such as Woody Harrelson, Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, and James Franco have quit smoking marijuana. And they did it after years of consumption.

Becoming a Recovery Role Model

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Even though Miley seems to be downplaying her decision to quit, giving up an addiction is not an easy road for most people. As Miley Cyrus has shown us, making the choice to surround yourself with people who want you to be healthy and happy is what truly matters in overcoming our addictions. Having a strong support system that is free from enablers can increase your chances of sustained recovery.  As long as you build a support network, foster a healthy mindset, and seek some help from a professional, you can make it through this one day at a time. For more information regarding Amethyst Recovery and our treatment programs, contact us today. Miley Cyrus is just one of many recovery role models. Perhaps you can be one, too.

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