When a person is recovering from addiction, giving back to the community and helping others can be great in the healing process. Practical experience has shown that nothing will so much ensure success with addiction, as intensive work with other addicts. Addicts helping addicts can help in ways that no one else can. There are opportunities to secure confidence in others when all else fails. Here is a look at the many ways being of service can help with clean and sober living.
Give Your Life New Purpose
In the throes of addiction, you may have felt as though your life had no purpose beyond getting your next fix, and it can often be difficult to figure out what you should be doing with your life now that you are no longer a slave to drugs or alcohol. Volunteering gives you something positive to do with your time to keep you from slipping back into your old ways. As you see how your efforts are benefiting others, you’ll feel incredibly rewarded and fulfilled, finding new meaning in your actions. You can volunteer to help in many ways, run a marathon in support of a cause, join a walkathon or cycle ride that supports a cause special to you while you make new friends and give back.
Meet Others Who Live Cleanly
One of the trickiest parts of addiction recovery is finding a new circle of friends who aren’t using or live life as you do. Through doing charity work and joining organizations that help others you believe in, you’ll interact with new people, possibly making new friends for life. It can be hard to put yourself out there at first, but it is important to build up a support system to aid in your recovery. Having positive influences in your life can ease the strain of getting and keeping your life back on track.
Helping Others in Recovery
If you attend AA , NA or any other 12-step meetings, look for opportunities to help out. Show up to meetings early and ask if there is anything you can do to contribute. Little things like bringing coffee or setting up chairs can make a big difference, giving you a stronger connection to your group. Get meeting commitments that help others and keep you coming back. When you start to feel like you are on the right track with your recovery, you may want to think about becoming a sponsor for someone else. Working with others comes in many forms. Remember you always want to support others not your ego. You can also be very helpful and supportive to others without a title or recognition. Anonymous and random acts of kindness creates life success like no other.
Hiring newly clean and sober people and taking a positive interest in their new way of living. Calling or connecting randomly with others new in recovery can make a big difference to you and that person. Sometimes just listening to someone and acknowledging them can be very rewarding. Assisting others in the recovery process can make it easier for you to keep up with yours.
Before recovery often we would say let me buy you a drink a way to celebrate something. Now we can say let me treat you to a medallion or coin. Having tools and reminders around you can help you stay focused on your recovery. Sharing Hope and being excited about recovery can make others happy. Maybe it’s a card or gift that acknowledges recovery time. Maybe it’s a fun slogan that supports someone in their recovery. My 12 Step Store offers hope with many varieties of books, motivational plaques, clothing, sober living chips and more that are essential tools in helping others. Visit www.my12stepstore.com to learn more.