When people say going to treatment changed their lives, you might underestimate what that actually means. A recovery program can do more than just help you get clean and sober; it can change and improve every aspect of your life. The most profound recovery experiences can help you find an unrivaled sense of peace, freedom and fulfillment, as well as set your body free from the power of alcohol and drugs. The consequences of substance misuse are far-reaching, including detrimental effects on your body, your relationships, your family and your career. But perhaps the saddest part of abusing substances is that it can ruin your relationship with yourself. Even if your external world has somehow remained intact, that means very little if you don’t feel connected to your soul.
The most profound recovery experiences can help you find an unrivaled sense of peace, freedom and fulfillment, as well as set your body free from the power of alcohol and drugs.
People who develop problems with substances often feel like they have forgotten or lost who they are. Your reactions are not authentic when you’re taking mind-altering chemicals. Your thoughts, words and deeds are poisoned by toxic substances interfering with your brain’s circuitry. You are fueling your body with chemicals, but you are not fueling your true self at all. Irrational behavior, mood swings, impaired judgment and the unfortunate choices addiction causes can lead you to a place of deep self-loathing. You may despise your fake persona and wonder if you have lost yourself forever behind that mask. Don’t worry—you haven’t. In fact, healing from addiction can lead you on a journey of self-discovery that will surpass any high you might get from abusing drugs or alcohol.
Change from the Inside Out
Detoxifying from substances is vital in order to stabilize your body and get you thinking clearly again. But detox is only one piece of a truly life-changing rehab experience. Holistic recovery programs provide an opportunity to change for the better from the inside out. By attending to your physical, emotional and spiritual needs, you do more than heal the body or the mind alone—you start building a more balanced, serene and fulfilling way of living. People often start taking substances in an understandable, if misguided, bid to improve their lives. You might have turned to drugs or alcohol in order to kill pain or boredom, to enhance positive feelings, or to give yourself more confidence. It’s only when you’re stuck in the trap of addiction that you realize that using substances to make yourself feel better has only made things worse.
If you have developed an addiction and are ready to recover, you have been presented with a golden opportunity: the chance to not only rid yourself of toxic ways of living, but also to learn how to actively improve your life beyond all measure. Perhaps this was the very thing you really wanted when you first turned to substances. If you give your recovery your full attention and effort, you can emerge as the best version of yourself you have ever been. Getting treatment is an opportunity to learn natural ways of supporting your mind and body to make them healthier and more resilient so you can enjoy higher energy levels and an increased ability to cope with stress. Psychological help will enable you to heal old wounds, discard emotional baggage, correct faulty beliefs and find more effective ways of living. Your positive new perspectives and habits will help you create more harmony in your relationships and thrive in your career.
By attending to your physical, emotional and spiritual needs, you do more than heal the body or the mind alone—you start building a more balanced, serene and fulfilling way of living.
But healing your physical and mental health is only the beginning of unlocking your full potential in treatment. The most profound recovery experiences enable you to discover what makes you tick and how to use your new self-knowledge to enhance your life. They offer you the chance to change your story and choose a wonderful new direction that will give you joy and contentment. Complete recovery is a very personal, transformational and spiritual experience, wherein you connect with your authentic self and begin to flourish as an individual.
By realizing the exquisite truth of who you are, you will feel confident being yourself without the need to hide behind alcohol or drugs. When you feel free to express your core being, you will naturally enjoy life much more. Once you understand what matters to you most, you’ll be able to align your life with your innermost values. The gift that recovery can give you is not merely the chance to physically detox from alcohol or drugs in a safe, supportive environment. Its purpose is not even to give you your old life back—minus the destructive substances and addictive behaviors.
The most powerful function of recovery is to help you create an amazing new way of living that is personal and specific to you, and nourishes your mind, body and soul. When people talk about how treatment has changed their lives, it is truly no small statement. Transformative recovery experiences can change the quality of your entire existence and allow you to live with more freedom, peace and happiness than you ever imagined possible.
Written by Beth Burgess