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How to Make Peace and Joy Your New Drug of Choice

How to Make Peace and Joy Your New Drug of Choice

Recovery is an exciting time for people who are ready to experience something new in their journey to sobriety. Making that first step seems hard because it was never meant to be easy. Once you are on the other side of it, you are able to finally seek some peace and joy rather than keep doing what you were doing, which is stay addicted and continue to see it wreak havoc on your life.

Do-Over

Addiction is not a path people would choose if they were to wake up one day and seek what they wanted in life. It can happen suddenly or over a period of months and years, but the fact it happened is done. Not only were people harmed in the process, but perhaps your job, health, relationships, and other things suffered as a result. You may have caused irreparable harm in many areas of your life. It takes time to get past it but the best thing you can do now is seek a do-over in recovery with forgiveness.

Forgiveness

This little pill is a bitter one to swallow. It is necessary medicine that people are reluctant to take, even when we know we are better off for the experience. Realizing your personal goals and dreams is hard when you have not forgiven yourself and others. Working hard to achieve what you want is going to net you great rewards down the road but you need to focus on forgiving yourself first, then others who harmed you. Once this happens you can make amends with people you harmed in the process of addiction and work towards healing those relationships in recovery.

Joy

Happiness may feel elusive right now, or maybe it always feels like a hard thing to find. In recovery, that is the time to seek what will bring you a measure of peace and joy. You are no longer using drugs or alcohol as a cover. It is time to admit that you had a serious problem, you are tackling it head on, and feel ready for the next chapter. Finding joy does not mean you will never experience disappointment or get upset. Joy in recovery is more about having a sense of peace and contentment about where you are in the journey today. You can have a deeply held love and conviction that life is awesome, even when in the midst of everything you struggle with things each day. There is no joy without sorrow, no hope without despair, no moving forward until you are ready to accept your past for what it is and move ahead. Look at life with the eyes and curiosity of a child. Embrace life, feel joy, and seek to take this into your actions and words each day. This will help you navigate recovery and find inner peace.

Finding inner peace and joy is hard when you are under the chains of addiction. If you are ready to be set free, call us. Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to keep you clean and sober. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401