There are a lot of claims out there saying that this or that can help you toward an easier recovery experience. However, you may not have realized the role that your own, personal values come into play when it comes to recovery from addiction, but they can help you to keep your footing in an uncertain time.
What’s Important to You Can Guide Recovery from Addiction
“Our values help define the kind of person we want to be and the kind of life we want to live.” You may have lost sight of that before, when substance use became the priority, but that doesn’t mean you’ve abandoned or lost the values by which you used to live your life. Rather, you just have to work to remember and rediscover them so you can begin living by them again. They can act as a vital “internal compass” that will guide you more easily toward recovery from an addiction.
It may seem questionably effective, but it’s true. People who keep true to themselves and who are mindful of their values are often more grounded as this provides the foundation, or the stepping stones, for much of their life. Addiction may have lead you off of this path as you began to move away from the things you once considered to be important, but you can ‘find’ them again in order to have a more complete recovery experience.
A person that is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol may “find themselves being people they never thought they would be and don’t want to be, living lives they never thought they would live, and doing things they never thought they would do.” This is the unfortunate result of losing sight of your values, or of making intentional choices to go against those values as a result of new, substance-focused goals. You become a different person, in a way, and may experience “guilt or shame” as a result. Some many not even realize how much they’ve changed, particularly if they are in denial of the enormity of the problem and can’t face the reality of it. However, recalling the significance of once-treasured values can really help to drive a person toward recovery from addiction.
So, how does that change happen? Thinking about possible reasons for sobriety is a start. What things or people are worth getting cleaned up for? What goals did you want to reach before the substance use, and are you still at all interested in pursuing them? Whether it’s to reach one of these goals or for the sake of someone you care about, there are always routes back to your original, or even improved, values. It’s also good to remember, though, that “in recovery, what people consider important shifts.” You may have considered your career to be the most important thing in your life before, but during recovery, your family becomes the center of your efforts. It’s okay to notice and acknowledge these changes, as they show that you have made progress and changed, likely for the better.
Recovery from addiction can be a long and arduous process, but if you regain the sight of your values, it might seem a little easier. If you or someone you care about needs help recovering from drug use or abuse, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]