Making the decision to get clean and sober can sometimes sound an alarm in the addicted brain, which may cause hesitation for some people. It’s hard to envision a fulfilling life of sobriety when you’ve relied on a substance to simply survive for so long. This is a common concern among people struggling with substance abuse.
While in active addiction, the brain has adapted to the effects of prolonged use of drugs and alcohol. Wonderfully, the brain is resilient and has the ability to fully heal after detox and treatment. After successful treatment, it will no longer be dependent on these substances, and will again create the necessary levels of dopamine and serotonin.
Treatment begins the process of healing oneself and external relationships, which is an important step in living a life free of addiction. Another important step is setting attainable goals for your definition of personal success. As you reach these milestones, you will also be creating a well balanced, fulfilling life to truly enjoy.
The Limitations of Active Addiction
Substance abuse creates a personal world that revolves around the next time he or she can drink or use. The addicted brain falls to denial and justification to enable continued, guilt-free use. However, this mindset continues to deteriorate, as the building need for the substance overrides any efforts to save face.
This is characteristic of a typical addicted brain, but it is not common knowledge among people struggling with substance abuse. While you’re dedicating your spare moments to drinking or trying to get in touch with your dealer, it may be hard to understand why you feel unmotivated or troubled in other areas of life. This confusion leads to low personal morale and low self-confidence.
These feelings often hold one back from going after their dreams, or even dreaming at all. Soon, the will to do life’s simplest things has been all but crushed. While this is the natural order for substance addiction, healing and recovery are attainable with A Better Today.
Setting Goals and Getting Passionate About Life in Recovery
Imagine you’re watching your life on a television screen. Every scene is black and white except for the ones involving addiction. The scenes involving the addiction are in vibrant color. After detox and treatment, the scenes with your family, job, hobbies, health, relationships, and vacations are in vibrant color while your addiction scenes begin to fade to black and white.
Feelings of apathy caused by substance abuse are constrictive. Going to treatment awakens the life that was important to you before addiction, and adds passion, motivation, appreciation, and gratification that you may never have experienced before.
This motivation strengthens your desire to set goals and achieve them, releasing the chemicals in your brain that the abused substance was providing before. Thus, you’re inspired to set more goals.
Deciding to go to treatment gives you the knowledge and support you need to break an old cycle and set a new one in motion. This new cycle becomes the infrastructure of thought-based decision-making and progresses you and your recovery forward for the rest of your life.
The Recovery Community: A Lifestyle Worth Living
Healthy relationships, enriching hobbies, physical fitness, and mental stability are all part of a fulfilling life to look forward to in recovery, but perhaps the most rewarding of all of these is service to your peers in the recovery community.
Learning from those who have been down the same road will be a substantial part of your healing and recovery. Soon you’ll have a story of hope to tell too — it could give your fellow addiction survivors the inspiration they need to get further down their own road of recovery, or quite possibly encourage them to remain on the road altogether, despite cravings and temptations.
There may be nothing that compares to the measure of gratification one feels when giving back to the community. It raises self-esteem, facilitates inner peace, and gives you a sense of renewal. Volunteering in the recovery community also reinforces your conviction in your own substance-free lifestyle.
Sober Community and IOP: What Does Your Version of Success Look Like in Recovery?
Just as every addiction is unique, every definition of success is unique. However, there should be some basic similarities. Overall health of mind, body, and spirit is always the fundamental goal. This could mean a fit physique, continuing education, regular nutritious meals, financial independence, new pastimes, or spiritual growth.
There is an abundance of support for success in recovery. The sober community members are walking the same walk, with like goals for success as well. Listening to their stories, and sharing yours, will give you a special opportunity to hear ideas and viewpoints from a variety of walks of life. Intensive Outpatient Programs offer comparable support, but in a professional setting.
In treatment, your therapist will work with you to define and refine your more intimate goals for success. As you surpass each milestone, you may begin to learn things about yourself, or develop tastes that you didn’t have before.
You might learn that you want to travel or take a cooking class. As you emerge from the haze of addiction, many possibilities are within your reach. Defining your aspirations is the beginning to achieving your personal version of success in recovery.
You can lead an enriching life without drugs and alcohol. A happy, healthy future is within your reach and our comprehensive programs are designed for your success. Contact ABT today to begin your journey to a well-rounded, enjoyable lifestyle.