Addiction recovery is undoubtedly a challenge but it carries some important teachable lessons. When thinking about what recovery can teach you about yourself and the world at large, these five lessons can be helpful to keep in mind as you journey forward.
Drinking or doing drugs is a way to numb the pain, but it also numbs the joy. Abandonment, trauma, abuse, neglect, or other situations that were difficult growing up can create a void in a person’s life. To cope, the person may decide to numb out with drink or drugs. Sometimes it feels good for the moment, but addiction will always make you feel worse in the long run.
Change is Inevitable
Life is a series of up and down events. You will eventually have to face the fact change is inevitable but that it has benefits as well. When you struggle with addiction, shame can creep in about it which keeps you from seeking help. Recovery teaches you that it is better to ask for help than to keep doing what you’re doing just to fight against change.
Giving Up to Gain
Letting go and giving up on addiction is not the end of the world, it’s just the beginning of a new life. One of the greatest rewards of recovery can be leaving behind the destruction of addictive behavior and relationships for a new life that is better than before. Giving up to gain something greater is a reward that few think of until recovery is front and center.
Learn from the Past
The present moment is all anybody has right now. Forgiveness, mercy, and learning from the past are part of releasing the old ways of doing things to embrace new life. No longer will the past define who you are or your present, you can simply learn and release. The present moment holds power once you realize you don’t need the interference of drugs or alcohol to cope with each day.
On the recovery journey, you may finally realize that your identity is not an alcoholic, a drug addict, a substance abuse user. Those labels do not define you as a person. You are sober, in recovery, and your authentic self is waiting for you to claim who you are. Give yourself permission to be the real you, the one you’re meant to be.
Sound Recovery helps you get present in the moment with our programs, services and resources. We are here to guide you through the steps to recovery. If you are struggling with addiction, let us help. Call us at 561-277-3088 to get started.