For someone who has just gotten clean and sober, you may be trying to understand what it even means to be in recovery. You know that you’re no longer using, but where does your life go from here? For years you have probably been on the constant hunt. The type of personality you have leaves you always wanting more, and for a long time, it’s been mind altering substances. Now that you’re not using, you still want more. You want answers and are likely trying to understand what it means to have an addiction. Attending treatment and being in recovery is all about self discovery. It is important that you find meaning to life and a purpose for living.
When you were using, all of your hopes and dreams grew further away. If you have no hopes or goals to work towards, you’re just waiting to die. This is why finding a purpose is imperative. Most addicts and alcoholics in early recovery ask themselves the question, “Why me?” It’s difficult to understand and really cannot be explained by anything other than genetic predispositions. It is nobody’s fault that you landed in recovery. You’re here now, and that’s all that matters. You need to ask yourself what it means to you to have an addiction. The answer will be subjective and different for everyone. The assessment of your addiction and prior relationships can help determine your next moves. If there are relationships that need mending, which is likely, you will need to make amends. If there are activities you once abandoned, you should continue them. Doing these things brings back goals and purpose to your life.
Another important question you must ask yourself is how you are going to continue to stay on the path of recovery. Giving up power and strength is one of the hardest things for a human. Admitting powerlessness over people, places, and things hurts. Once you are able to do that, you will start to develop humbleness and learn to be courteous and genuinely care about others. There will be hard times in life, and a good question to frequently ask yourself is, “Why am I here?” Understanding and reminding yourself that it’s not simply to not drink. Being in recovery gives your life a true purpose; a goal to seek and relationships to thrive. There are people that care and want to embark on the journey with you.
The Springboard Center knows that treatment for addiction and alcoholism is important to you. That is why we are committed to providing you the best proven practices for treatment so you can live a full life of recovery. Call us today for information on our residential treatment program and sober living: (432) 620-0255