Addiction has a way of distancing us from our true selves. Not only are we likely to behave in ways that defy our character and decision-making skills when we are under the influence of substances, but by struggling with addiction we lose our connection with people, interests, and passions that would otherwise define and motivate us. Facing your true self in early sobriety can be difficult, as you are forced to come to terms with your own short-comings and make amends to those you may have harmed during active addiction. However, as time passes, getting to know yourself again can be incredibly liberating. Finding all the things that make you who you are and nurturing them allows you to foster a healthy self-esteem and evolve into the person you were meant to be without drugs or alcohol. While many aspects of recovery are stressful and challenging, getting to know yourself is full of fun and excitement. Without drugs or alcohol to occupy your time and numb your senses, you are forced to explore new hobbies and meet new people that support your sobriety. You may find that you are great at something you had never tried, or find purpose in a cause you didn’t know you cared so deeply about. As your relationships begin to improve, you can watch your ability to be a loving and selfless friend or spouse grow more than you ever thought possible. Additionally, you may find that certain relationships no longer serve you, and begin to find joy and peace in spending time alone. Growing in a loving relationship with yourself takes hard work and commitment. You must learn to forgive yourself and believe that you are capable of becoming a new, improved version of the old you. You will need to practice self-care, taking the time to check in with your personal needs and prioritize your sobriety. The amount of time that it takes to feel comfortable in your own skin after beginning the recovery journey is different for everyone. Once you are firm in your knowledge of yourself, who you are, and what you are capable of, you can then help to guide others by being of service and offering support for those getting to know themselves for the first time.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, there is hope. At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms. The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan. We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.