Finding Your Way

“Getting lost along your path is a part of finding the path you are meant to be on.”- Robin Sharma

An effective way to navigate recovery is to understand that part of it involves having a sense of purpose and direction. When we have purpose and direction, we can navigate recovery much more effectively and efficiently. Instead of the purpose of one’s life being getting high, drunk, or engaging in your addiction…the purpose instead becomes maybe helping others, staying in recovery, a job, your family, or some other bigger goal.

A sort of ‘superpower’ of addiction that many people miss, is that an addict learns to become hyper-focused on the attainment of their drug or addiction. They can literally be anywhere, in any situation or place and somehow find a way to get their drug. A ‘good addict’ will find a way, no matter what it takes. Although this type of commitment and perseverance leads to addicts getting the high they are after, it ultimately also causes a huge amount of damage not only to themselves and their lives… but many others. This commitment to the high can cause people to steal, lie, manipulate and hurt whoever they feel they need to, to get what they want.

Although this determination to get high leads to a lot of damage along the way, it can be useful for proving and understanding to yourself the power of what obsessive commitment can do. If you take that type of obsessive energy and attention to creating something positive in your life, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve and how fast you can achieve it. If anything good can come out of addiction, it’s learning how creative and determined the addict can be to attain the high they’re looking for.

What if you take that same creativity and determination towards other goals? 

Even if you feel you wasted a lot of your life in addiction…what if something good could come from it? What if somehow it can be turned into something positive to motivate you to be determined, driven and focused towards really amazing goals?

This same energy that pushed you towards destruction, can be turned into something good. 

Some steps to achieve this could be:

  1. Identify your negative beliefs so you can work to evaluate and question them 
  2. State goals you have for yourself
  3. Reflect on things you’ve always wanted, or maybe before your addiction, had wanted to do or were excited about
  4. Practice mindfulness and self-care to slow down and help yourself heal and be more present
  5. Make a vision board for your future
  6. Just get started! 🙂 Try new things and see what happens!
  7. Participate in a 12-step recovery group
  8. Make a list of things you’re naturally good at and care about
  9. Talk to positive, healthy friends or family about goals and things they’re working towards and how they got started
  10. Take note of the times when you’re sober that you feel most natural and most ‘like yourself’. What activities and direction feels most like ‘you’ and being your ‘authentic self?’ …and follow that.

You’ll find your way through this!

You just have to start, find the right support and keep going!

An important part of recovery is having a purpose, path, and solid direction. Feeling lost and off your path can be part of the recovery process, but it doesn’t mean you are going in the wrong direction. Silver Lining understands that you have spent a lot of time maybe feeling lost and confused in recovery. These experiences impact your sobriety and a treatment plan for living your best life in recovery. Our policy of treating small numbers of people in each group allows us to get to know you and the exact type of help you need to learn to be kind to yourself and achieve your goals. We help you flourish now and in the future. Let our Huntington Beach location be where you begin again! Call us today for more information. (866) 448-4563.

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