For an addict, sobriety is hard-won. However, it can also be one of the best and most rewarding things you will ever do. It has been said that addiction is the only affliction that, at the end of recovery, leaves you feeling better than before you became addicted. Only the recovered addict understands the joy of simple pleasures, such as taking a walk on a beautiful spring morning, relaxing in front of a roaring log fire when the weather outside is stormy or spending time with your children. Through recovery, simple moments that most may take for granted become so special as you begin to see them for the miracles that they truly are.
While in recovery, it is important to never become complacent. Complacency can lead to a relapse. In order to avoid this, you have to become so passionate about your recovery that you throw yourself into it whole-heartedly. Sobriety is a gift. Make it a fundamental part of who you are and treasure it.
At times, you may feel resentful that you are unable to have a drink or use drugs. This can be especially hard on holidays when many people are enjoying themselves. However, you can fight any negative thoughts by being thankful for each and every day that you are in recovery. Remember that even the worst day in recovery is far better than any day in addiction.
Spreading the Message
“To keep it, you have to give it away” is a popular slogan in recovery. Do this by spending time with other people who are struggling in early recovery. Share with them that it is a rewarding experience that offers a rich and full life. Attend meetings for newcomers, volunteer at your local rehab or addiction clinic and pass on the message of recovery. Let others see the future that awaits them if they are willing to put in the work.
You can also write a blog or journal charting your recovery. Your written experience can then help others as they gain hope from your journey. A blog or journal can also help remind yourself of where you were and marvel at the progress you have made. Months or years down the line, you can look back and see how far you have come.
Your Sober Identity
Recovery means changing your outlook on life and who you are. Being a “recovered addict” is an identity to be proud of, not one to shy away from. Take on the mantle of a proud and recovering addict and never let others tell you that you have not achieved something of value.
In essence, put as much effort into your recovery as you did into your addiction. Be addicted to your recovery. Allow it to be the obsession you once allowed your drug or drink to become. Recovery is a blessing and it is the one thing in life which you can celebrate being “addicted” to. If you are willing to put in the work and take on the mantle of a recovered addict, the rewards will come to you. You will find that life in recovery has limitless possibilities.