You might say that when you decide to get sober, you start a journey to a whole new life. You begin the process of becoming a whole new YOU. On the one hand, you might be afraid of the unknown, which is natural with a big life change. And at the same time, the unknown brings experiences you’ve never had before, people you’ve never spent time with, and perhaps feelings you’ve never known. This article will encourage you to embrace change and ride the winds of transformation.
Imagine what your new life might be like
If you’re living at a sober living home, you might be on the verge of creating a new life. Perhaps you’re looking for work, searching for a new home, or mending relationships with family and friends. While you’re in the process of doing those things, life can feel challenging. However, with an idea of what you’re life will be like, you’re more likely to move closer and closer to it. You’re more likely to embrace the difficulties of change, as it’s happening, because you know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Give yourself time to change
Some people in addiction recovery are in a hurry to see their lives get better. They want to stop feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed. They want to stop battling cravings and triggers. However, it’s important to remember that change takes time. Even though you might be doing the best you can, it takes time for a person’s life to be where they may want it to be. This is particularly true when it comes to addiction. There is often so much ambivalence to the idea of creating a new life that it takes a long time to completely move on with one’s life.
Find purpose and meaning in sober living
Although you might be afraid of the unknown, when you have something that feels meaningful in your life, you’re more likely to embrace the life you’re living new – versus going back to the life you used to live. For instance, you might spend more time with your family now that you’re sober. You might return to an old career. Or you might give back to your community by volunteering at a sober living facility. In fact, as you continue to draw meaning and purpose from your new life, you’re more likely to continue to embrace the changes that come. You’re more likely to accept the transformation that comes with sobriety and recovery from addiction.
Start to identify as a recovering addict
If you still think of yourself as someone who uses drugs and alcohol, then it’s going to be hard to accept sobriety. However, if you imagine yourself to be a recovering addict, then you’re more likely going to make choices that are in favor of sobriety.
These are a few suggestions to help you embrace change in addiction recovery. It’s hard to make a life transformation. But with meaningful sober experiences, self-care, and an image of the future, you’re likely to welcome change and transformation.