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Finding Yourself in Recovery

Addiction is a disease that comes in and wreaks havoc on every aspect of our lives. In the process, we lose our identities and it seems like going back to who we once were is an impossible feat. The beauty of recovery, is that we find our true selves and so much more on our journey.

It’s not uncommon for newcomers in recovery to not know what they like or what they like doing. Addiction took away our possibilities and our choices. Most of us don’t come to recovery with hobbies, interests, or a passion for doing anything other than drinking or using. So, how do we know what we like? The best answer, is to follow what interests you. If painting or drawing sounds like something you might enjoy, you can sign up for an art class. If you’ve considered trying snowboarding, skydiving, or surfing, there’s no better time to try, than the present.

Fitness may be your next interest, or maybe you would like joining a kickball or softball team. If you are looking for a new job, think about how you would like to spend your day. If you enjoy being outdoors, a golf course or landscaping may be a thought. If you enjoy helping others, a medical office retail store may be up your alley. Now that you are clean and sober, there are so many options available, all you have to do is explore.

Relationships will also be different in recovery. You will learn how to treat others well, and you won’t accept anything less in return. You will learn to be okay on your own but will also appreciate a respectful relationship when it comes along. Whether it’s politics, movies, music, ideas, or people, you will find out what and who you like so long as you stay sober.

Recovery is a lifelong process, and its journey is worth every single day. You don’t ever have to struggle with addiction again. Detox and treatment are the first steps to living a better life, and there is no better time to start than now. We are here to help, give us a call and we can embark on this journey together, one day at a time.

Detox is the first step toward a life of freedom in recovery. Addiction does not have to be the end of your story. Make a safe and comfortable detox the first chapter. The Serenity Recovery Center, conveniently located at the Encino Hospital Medical Center, offers a home-like environment for all stages of detox so you can begin your recovery in a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit. Call us today: 866.294.9401