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How Can I Be an Inspiration in Recovery?

After completing drug and alcohol addiction treatment, you may have reached the point where you want to help and watch others grow in their recovery. You may want to help others and set goals for yourself. Included in this is the freedom to expand your circle and give back to people what was given to you.

You may be at a point in your recovery where you want to make a difference but are unsure of the steps to take. Whatever the case, you have the power within yourself to be the person that you have always wanted to be. You have the ability to inspire others in their recovery just by participating in your own recovery.

In recovery, you now have the opportunity to discover who you are and help change the world by uplifting others. You have the opportunity to be an inspiration to others in recovery.

Increase Self-Awareness

You may have heard the term “self-awareness” many times while in treatment. What exactly does this word represent to you? This word can mean many different things to many different people.

Self-awareness is when you can reflect inward on your core belief system, values, strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, and feelings. You can understand the effect that you have on others and how your actions may or may not influence someone else’s behaviors.

According to Brightside Health’s article “How Self-Awareness Reduces Stress,” self-awareness can decrease stressors within your life and helps with regulating unpleasant emotions. Ultimately, self-awareness can make you happier on a day-to-day basis. Having self-awareness can also help you gain insight into yourself to help others through their recovery process.

Encourage Others

Have you ever been to a meeting where people are not engaging in conversation? Maybe you have been in a situation where you met someone new and experienced an awkward silence. This exact scenario is your time to shine. You can be the person that encourages others.

With your experience in recovery, you have all the tools and can understand those difficult moments when someone is new in recovery. You can be the person who encourages and uplifts others. Before you know it, you may be encouraging them to share their own story.

Encouragement can go a long way for most people. Being new in recovery can be frightening for many people. What better way to inspire someone than to encourage them?

Make Meaningful Connections

After leaving treatment, you may be at a place where you want a connection with others. You may find yourself happy to meet new people and spend time with them. Meaningful connections within your day-to-day life are essential to you and the other person you are connecting with.

Showing other people that you care is essential to maintaining positive connections. Inspiring others through connection is proven to be a way for people to heal within recovery. You can be that support to others as someone has been to you.

Be Yourself

Having the courage to be yourself in recovery can inspire other people to do the same. Often, in early recovery, many people are filled with shame and guilt. Substance abuse can be a mask that helps us fit in. Once substances are taken away, many people try to continue to hide behind a mask to hide the parts of themselves they do not like.

If you have been in recovery for some time, you may have shed this mask. Being open and honest about who you are can inspire others just starting their recovery journey to shed their mask as well.

An Air of Positivity

Positivity is powerful and can help you change your thought processes. Being positive in a moment is one thing. However, the tricky part is staying positive throughout stressful moments within your life.

Positivity is not a cure-all but a way of life. However, it can benefit you in recovery. Some benefits of staying positive include:

  • Less stress
  • Better awareness
  • Decreased feelings of depression
  • Help with staying in the moment

Positivity can be essential in recovery. Just think for a moment of the most positive person that you know. Now that you have that person in mind, are you inspired by them? Do you have qualities that they have? Perhaps you are on your way to being the inspiration within recovery that you have wanted to be.

Attitude of Gratitude

Focusing on gratitude within your life can be an insightful journey in your recovery. Gratitude is the practice of being thankful and showing appreciation for every facet of your life. For example, you may express gratitude for the chair you sit on for providing you comfort.

Showing others that you are grateful for the life you have in recovery can inspire them to do the same. When we practice an attitude of gratitude, we can increase feelings of joy and happiness and cultivate an all-around optimism for life and recovery.

Helping others in their recovery journey can be an important piece of your own recovery after leaving drug and alcohol treatment. Being an inspiration to others in their sobriety can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Encouraging others, connecting with them, and developing an air of positivity are just some of the ways you can inspire others. At The Guest House, we foster an atmosphere of peer support. We recognize the need for support in early recovery, which is why we encourage those who complete treatment with us to attend our alumni program. Our alumni program provides ongoing support through groups and various services with like-minded peers who want to see you thrive in sobriety. At The Guest House, we can help you succeed and inspire others. For more information on how we can support you in your recovery, call (855) 483-7800.