Recovery and Discovery
What is the goal of "recovery?"
The goal of any "recovery program" should be more than just to recover to where the person was before they began their addiction. What if where the person was at in their life was not so great? Thus, the goal should be to "discover" all that you can be...
From Recovery to Discovery ~ Points to Ponder
Your recovery is as unique as you are. What works for you, may not work for someone else and vice versa. Just do not limit your options before you figure out what gets you clean and what keeps you clean.
Recovery is a process of letting go of our fears, our shame, our resentments, and our pride. It is learning how to take back that control over our decision making process that we so willingly gave over to an addiction.
Discovery is realizing that you do not "need" drugs or alcohol to make you feel good about yourself and your life. Discovery is learning to be self-aware not selfish. Learning to love and accept others and ourselves, and to take care of ourselves so that we might be “good” for others too.
Recovery is learning to be responsible for that which we are responsible. It is learning the humility to be accountable for our choices and decisions, and not blaming others for the events of our lives.
Discovery is both imagining your life as perfect as it can possibly and then working hard to "exceed your dreams", because you refuse to be limited by the negative messages given to you by others and previously reinforced in your own minds.
Recovery is acceptance of ourselves as human beings with all our frailties and limitations and striving each and every day to be better than we were yesterday.
Discovery is learning that your best friend is yourself and you ability to be honest with yourself - even if you do not like what you see. Then choosing to become what you can be.
Recovery and Discovery are:
Knowing that you can think and figure out things for yourself.
That there is a special purpose for you in life - even if you do not know what that is right now.
That it is OK to feel good about you - just as you are - because you are no better or worse a person than anyone else.
You are on your own journey through life.
A Quick Look at Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
What is the impact of drug use on a person's ability to meet their "human" needs?
Self-actualization: Drug abuse at this level would interfere with the drug user’s sense of morality, the ability to be creative, the ability to be spontaneous, levels of acceptance, the ability to experience purpose, meaning and inner potential.
Self-Esteem: Drug abuse at this level would interfere with the drug user’s level of confidence, level of achievement, respect of others, and the need to be a unique individual.
Love and Belonging: Drug abuse at this level would interfere with the drug user’s friendships, family, intimacy, and sense of connection.
Safety and Security: Drug abuse at this level would interfere with the drug user’s health, ability to get or keep employment, property, family and social stability.
Physiological needs: Drug abuse at this level would interfere with the drug users breathing, food, water, shelter, clothing, and sleep.
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