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Is the Word Recovery a Mark of Shame or Triumph?

Is the Word Recovery a Mark of Shame or Triumph?

The word recovery can mean different things to different people. For some, it may be a mark of shame, yet others may find that it is not quite as shameful as it is triumphant. The shame game comes from maybe feeling like your past is painful and hard to face. Even if you want to erase that time of your life when you wrestled with addiction, there are ways to see it as a triumph that you are in recovery, rather than focus on the past.

Find Support

There are many others out there experiencing what you are in recovery. They have been there, down that road, and are struggling right alongside you. There is no telling what you are going to do now that you are sober, but you can’t do it alone. It can be a very long, hard road to see the future differently with addiction in the rearview. Don’t spend all your time looking back when you can find people to help you look ahead.

Reconnect with Yourself

Shame comes from not really understanding yourself or what you want out of live. You may think you are further along the path than you are in recovery, yet you find out you are really struggling. Sobriety is not for the faint of heart but it is not helpful to beat yourself up. It helps to reconnect with your innermost feelings and desires for your life. Recovery is a triumphant experience filled with hope and new dreams.

Pathways to Healing

One of the biggest struggles to let go of shame and triumph over addiction is to find your own pathway of healing. You may be further away from finding your true self than you have been but at least you are on the road. The answer to all your problems is not a one-stop-shop. Once you accept your painful experiences as a pathway to healing, you start to reclaim your identity as more than an alcoholic, but as a writer, activist, and scholar. Let your own painful experiences help guide your healing.

Substance abuse is your past, it is not who you are. Although it is part of your life, recovery can help honor your pain and the path you have taken to get here now. You can honor your triumph over the pain, fear, and worry to be in this space now. You are well on your way to finding your true self, and ready to release yourself of the past pain to heal.

Serenity is a place where you can heal and recover from addiction. We will help you triumph over addiction by getting clean and sober. Our programs and services will help guide you as you walk through detox and getting clean. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401