Being in the throes of addiction can feel like a hole so deep that you could never climb out and taking the first step to get help is the hardest step to take.
The first stages of recovery can be dark, depressing and confusing, which is why finding hope is so important to motivate an addict to continue treatment. The idea of hope is simple, it is the desire, understanding or expectation that an individual’s life will get better in the future. Hope is vital because willpower isn’t always enough. It can provide the foundation that an addict can use to build their future on. Being new in sobriety feels like starting over, often times, an addict has damaged every aspect of their lives. They have ruined relationships, lost their job, gotten into legal trouble and more. Having hope can motivate a recovering addict to continue the long, difficult process of rebuilding their life. Here are some ways to help you find hope:
Share in other stories of hope – finding hope in the beginning can be difficult, fortunately hope spreads like wildfire, start by going to a meeting or talking to other recovering addicts who have been where you are. Knowing that others have been successful can help inspire you.
Accepting your situation – acceptance is a vital part of recovery in many ways, it can also help a recovering addict find hope. It’s difficult to accept the damage an addict has done to their lives and their loved ones, but acceptance of your situation and understanding that you aren’t where you want to be can help give you guidance of where you want to be.
- Set goals and plan for the future – staying present and in the moment is very important for sobriety, you’ll often hear sayings like “just for today”. But it’s also important to look ahead and find direction for your life. Having a goal can help motivate you to reach it.
The road back from addiction is a long and difficult road to walk, it’s easy to get lost along the way. But finding hope can help keep you focused and motivated. Knowing what you’re working for makes all the difference. If you or a loved one has lost hope, please let Pacific Solstice help you find it, call us at (949) 200-7929 today.
Emerson Levine, CADC II Intake and Discharge Manager