Rightfully so, when you think of overcoming your addiction – whether it is drugs or alcohol – you think of how great it would be for you to be better. You would feel like your old self, you will be happy, you will be healthier.
Then, you also consider those around you. Recovering from your addiction will also your family and friends – those closest to you. Addiction takes hold of one person, but subsequently, it affects all those around them too, making it hard for everyone.
But, what about strangers? Have you ever considered how overcoming your addiction could help you help strangers?
Once you begin rewriting your story, overcoming addiction, you can truly use that to help others…
But, better yet, this will continue to help you:
It helps to talk about your feelings.
While talking to others, you can help both them and yourself. It helps you overcome negative emotions, or just better understand your emotions as you talk to other people about them. You can not only express how you feel or how you felt but also get their advice and input.
Furthermore, it helps the person you are talking to. As you speak to other addicts or recovering addicts, you can both help each other understand your emotions and help each other overcome whatever negative feelings you are having.
It helps keep you accountable.
One way that people fall right back into addiction is by holding all of their feelings in. It is easy to get caught up in everyday life and get caught up in our image and not want to share how we really feel. But, by helping others you can help keep yourself accountable.
It helps to talk to others about your journey and the struggles you have overcome and continue to overcome.
Overcoming addiction is a lifelong process. And, addiction is a negative thing. It can destroy families, friendships, and entire lives. However, there is no reason to mope around and let your past take over your future.
One of the best ways to overcome addiction is to use your past with addiction for good. Start helping others by telling your story – you never know who might be in the exact same boat as you and just needs someone who understands.
It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to save an addict – be a part of that village working to save addicts (like yourself) and use your negative past to make yours and someone else’s future positive.