Written by Valiant Living Recovery on Friday, June 28th, 2019
When we are struggling with addiction, recovery can seem impossible. It can be hard to understand the root of addiction, why the drug or alcohol use continues, and why we cannot stop. Addiction affects family, friends, and loved ones. Feelings of hopelessness and despair can be overwhelming. The process of recovering from our addictions challenges us emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. However, there is hope in recovery.
Recovery from any addiction or a mental health condition requires certain skills, such as willpower, resilience, and determination. Resilience is our ability to rise to the challenges that present themselves in our recovery. Believing in yourself gives you the strength to overcome anything that you may face.
When you believe in yourself, you are able to adapt. Believing in yourself feels very different from the fear, loneliness, and desperation you experienced when consumed by addiction. When you are dependent on an addictive substance, behavior, or relationship, you have not yet mastered the willpower to overcome addictive urges.
A great way to create a new habit or pattern is to change our self-talk. How we talk to ourselves dictates how we perceive things, how we function, and how we live. The way we think about ourselves forms how we value ourselves. Many in recovery are still working through past trauma that contributed to addiction. Addiction makes us full of fear, self-doubt, and negativity. We have to believe in ourselves, take care of ourselves, and shed the self-destructive beliefs we were carrying while actively addicted.
There is hope for success in recovery, but you must be willing to believe in yourself. Celebrate your new, sober healthy lifestyle. Take sobriety one day at a time. There will be challenges along the way, but every day is one more day closer to living sober.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable. Take the first step toward a healthy, fulfilling, life in sobriety and get help today. Asking for help is the first step to a healthy and fulfilling life in sobriety.
Offering a full range of recovery and mental health services, Valiant Living offers “Expanded Recovery” to enrich our clients’ lives in mind, body, and spirit. Through evidence-based therapy options and the endless adventure of Colorado, Valiant fosters connection, encouraging clients to get connected to themselves, their peers, their families, and their higher power. With the power of recovery, clients are restored to full health and experience life-changing healing. Call us today for more information: 303-536-5463