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How To Get Involved in an Alumni Program if You’re Introverted

There are different types of people in this world and you are no exception. The choice to engage with other people may not be your cup of tea. However, you may be concerned about what recovery will look like without engagement. If you are struggling with how to get involved because you are an introvert, that is understandable. You don’t have to let this worry get the best of you, though, as this may cause anxious thought processes among other effects.

This blog will discuss how you can get involved in recovery as an alumni on your terms. It will also explore how you can set boundaries and find balance in recovery. At The Guest House, we know how hard it is to be in recovery as an introvert. This is why we take pride in creating an atmosphere that welcomes everyone, no matter where you are on your journey.

Why Should I Get Involved if I Am an Introvert?

Recovery is hard for anyone. It is even harder if you tend to be on the introverted side. As a person who is often reserved and shy around new people, this can be even more challenging. You may find yourself being challenged by the thought of participating in groups, attending events, or trying to get involved.

Even though it seems that your introversion is working against you, your personality has a lot of advantages in recovery. Changing your perspective can be helpful. With a new perspective, you can explore new opportunities to engage. You do not have to get involved all at once or do anything that you are not comfortable with. Remember that you are accepted no matter where you are in your recovery journey.

Your Strengths Can Help as You Get Involved

Another way to get involved is to understand that introverts are amazing listeners and you can utilize this as a strength in recovery. Everyone likes when someone is listening to them. Best of all, there is no pressure to say anything when you are listening. A bonus is that introverts collect the information and respond accordingly.

You have many thoughts and ideas. This is because you take time to marinate in your thoughts. This creates a deep inner world and can lend itself to the question of how to get involved in recovery. When you are in a safe environment, this can result in big ideas and interesting thought processes.

Benefits at The Guest House as an Alumni

At The Guest House, we understand that everyone in recovery comes from a different walk in life. This is why we treat each individual as a unique piece of the puzzle of recovery.

There are many benefits of continuing your recovery journey at The Guest House as an alumni. One of the biggest benefits is that you will have the opportunity to participate as much or as little as you desire. Your recovery happens on your terms so it is your decision how you proceed.

Some benefits of getting involved at The Guest House include the following:

  • Developing healthy relationships
  • Strengthening communication skills
  • Finding positive supports
  • Participating in fun sober activities
  • Receiving accountability

No matter where you are in your recovery, you will always benefit from having a network of sober and supportive people in your corner. At The Guest House, we will never force you to be anything more than what you are. Here, you will find opportunities that fit your personality.

Social Activities at The Guest House to Work With Your Personality

There are many activities to engage in at The Guest House. No matter what your personality is, we have something for you. It is important to have healthy support, especially at this time in your life. Positive supports are an instrument for creating a healthy recovery environment. The following are several things that The Guest House offers:

  • Adventure Therapy: This type of therapy offers an exploration of nature’s bounty. If you crave nature and want to get involved, this may be exactly what you are seeking.
  • Cinema Therapy: Being fully present in a movie provides an exciting way to experience moment by moment how the actors feel. You can connect with shared experiences or get involved in others’ experiences.
  • Meditation/yoga: Participating in any form of exercise enhances your recovery journey. Meditation and yoga are just a few examples of incorporating breath and movement to create awareness within your body.
  • Equine Therapy: Perhaps you are a lover of horses and want to get involved with connecting to animals. This form of therapy incorporates grooming, brushing, and washing the horse to center and calm yourself while bonding.

How to Get Involved in a Recovery Journey

There are many ways to get involved in your recovery journey. You have to find what works for you and makes you feel comfortable. If you find yourself struggling with the idea of human interaction, another opportunity exists through online meetings. There are meetings available no matter what time zone you are in. You can easily access them by searching for a particular meeting. For example, the 12-Step group Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has many meetings through Zoom or other networks that may interest you.

Only you can decide how to get involved in your recovery journey. Your journey is exactly that, a journey and not a destination. Sometimes to challenge yourself you have to engage in uncomfortable things. If you are not uncomfortable then you are not growing. No one said that this would be easy. However, you have made it this far, and things are looking up. Continue to challenge yourself and watch your world grow.

The first step in your recovery journey is to acknowledge that you want your life to improve. As an alumni, you have recognized the areas in your recovery that need to change. Being an introvert is hard when you need to connect and socialize with others. You have the choice as to how you want to go about making these changes in your recovery. At The Guest House, we never pressure you to be anything that you do not want to be or do. We value all humans no matter who or how you are. If you or someone you know needs treatment, do not hesitate and give us a call today at (855) 483-7800.