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Finding Purpose After Addiction

Finding Purpose After Addiction

Rebuilding your family’s trust in you can be a life-long endeavor, but the rewards are well-worth the effort

Finding purpose after addiction takes rediscovering your former passions and finding new reasons to keep moving forward in your recovery. Art, music, literature, gardening, building and playing an instrument are just a few of the things that might reignite passion after time spent in recovery. If the things that used to make you happy were somehow connected to the drug culture or your addiction, finding something new to be passionate about can decrease your risk of relapse and keep you on the road to a drug-free life.

Life Rebuilding

In the first few weeks after rehab, your passion may be rebuilding relationships that were damaged or destroyed during your addiction. Your spouse, children, other family members and your friends may be your top priority. Rebuilding their trust in you can be a life-long endeavor, but the rewards of proving to your family that you are on the road to recovery and that they can trust you will be well-worth the effort. Taking a long, hard look at those relationships that enabled your addiction may also be part of your process. Determining who to engage with and who to let go of can clear the way for healthy relationship building with those who support your recovery. In any case, being passionate about your loved ones is a great way to find purpose in the first days after treatment.

Going Beyond Family

Rebuilding your family and other relationships takes time. But once much of that hard work has ended, finding passion and purpose in other areas is vital to continued rehab success. Perhaps you had a hobby, skill or trade that got lost in the process of addiction. Rediscovering what you loved about your life prior to substance abuse can help clear the way for a vibrant and happy future. If you never really had an emotional or creative outlet, now is the time to discover one to bring more purpose to your life and help you deal with drug cravings. Giving back to your community, volunteering at your place of worship or getting involved in outreach of some kind can get and keep your focus off of addiction and on to the business of living.

Finding Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer any questions you have confidentially and judgment-free.

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