Motivation for Recovery from Addiction
Dealing with addiction is often a very painful and difficult time for many people. It is very important to believe that while it is difficult, you can stay sober and regain your life. An important step is to find your motivations and to remind yourself of the reasons you wish to remain sober. Find reasons that resonate with you and are important in your life.
For many people, their children are their biggest motivation. Think of your children and the image you want to give your child. Do you want your child to remember and think of you with your addiction or do you want them to see you clean and sober. You cannot change the past but you can change the future. A child who sees their parent regain their health and sobriety is a powerful lesson and one that you can give to your child.
Your spouse has undoubtedly suffered watching your addiction and it is an amazing feeling to know you are relieving their worry and pain and replacing it with pride and relief.
Parents and other family
Think of your friends and family who have been affected by your addiction. Find the person who you have affected the most or who means the most to you. Think of that person and remind yourself why you don’t want addiction to do any more damage to that relationship.
Addiction is often the cause of losing a job or the inability to even get a job. Getting sober may allow you to find steady employment and the money gained from that is worth so much. Don’t let addiction rob you of steady employment.
Your health is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and one of the things you can damage the most with addiction. For every day you remain sober, you are improving your health and reducing your risk of dying from your addiction.
When you are addicted, you are often left with a constant sense of shame and guilt. With every minute, hour and day you are sober, feel the sense of pride. Staying sober is not easy and you should be proud of yourself. Pride is a wonderful gift you can give to yourself. It is also a much better emotion to feel than guilt and shame.
Take some time and create your own list of potential motivations. Find the things that mean the most to you. If you do not have family or friends that have been affected by your addiction, think of things that affect you – your health, fitness, life, job, coworkers, what limits you, what would you like to do that addiction prevents. Your list of motivations will be different from another person but what remains the same is the fact that we all have goals that we can work towards and for.
Find ways to remind yourself why you don’t want to fall back into your old habits.
- Post photos of your family and friends and look at them when tempted.
- Send yourself emails with positive messages.
- Ask a friend or family member to remind you of all the reasons you want to remain sober.
- Create a list of things to do when you are tempted such as exercise, run, play games, take the dog for a walk, take your child to the park, read a book.
The Motivation for Recovery from Addiction requires healthy outlets, strong support systems, and a positive attitude. Remember you will have difficult moments and celebrate every difficult moment you have and that you get through. You can do this. Believe in yourself and never forget the reasons you are motivated to stay sober.
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