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Reinventing Yourself

Stopping the use of drugs or alcohol is one of the biggest changes a person can do for herself or himself. For an active alcoholic or an addict, it’s even bigger. Drinking and drugging becomes a part of our identity and when we don’t do it anymore, it can feel overwhelming. Many of us have to relearn how to do normal, everyday things that other people don’t give a second thought. For instance, passing by a wine vendor handing out free samples in the grocery store might throw us into a tail-spin, whereas a “normie” (a person who has never had an addiction problem) could take it or leave it, and not think of it again.

We have to get creative and adventurous in sobriety. Addiction took so much away from life, and recovery lets us rebuild it however we so choose. Early recovery often feels awkward because we don’t really know who we are. We had thought of ourselves in a way that revolved around drugs or alcohol. That’s all we knew, so of course we feel lost when it’s gone. When you are feeling this way, make a list of things that interest you. For instance, learning to cook, joining a book club or adult soccer league, surf lessons, or being a tourist in your own city. The more things you do, the more you will learn about yourself, and the more comfortable you will feel in your own skin.

We are lucky because not only did we survive addiction, but we are given a sort of blank slate to start over in recovery. Unlike before, you now have the freedom to go and do anything you want. If school is something you want to try, you can. If you need a career change, you have the ability to find something you enjoy. You will also begin discovering who you want to spend time with, and who you want to avoid. You have a choice now, and when you realize how precious your time in sobriety is, you will likely choose your friends wisely. It is an indescribable feeling to be discerning in your life and responsible for your sobriety. If it’s uncomfortable right now, be gentle on yourself and keep going. The miracle of recovery is right around the corner.




If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, call the Serenity Recovery Center. It is never too late to turn your life in another direction. If you are ready, we can help. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). Your life can change with recovery. Call now.