Most people that have had addictions lose their identities. Drugs and alcohol rob people of their individuality because many lose their self-respect, their self-control, and more importantly their selfdom. Selfdom is what pretty much makes you, well you, and what makes you original. Your addiction will make you think that you are much better than you are under the influence. The truth is that being who you are in sobriety will make you feel much more authentic.
Find out who you are
Your identity will probably change when you get sober. Drugs and alcohol may have been your identity for so long that it is hard to remember who you were before. You may find new hobbies and activities that you may not have realized that you enjoyed before. Depending on what age you started abusing drugs and alcohol, you may not have ever really gotten to know who you are. You can start now by using your recovery tools to shape you into the person that you were meant to be.
The main objective of embracing your identity is to be in acceptance of who you are and who you were in the past tense. The things that you might perceive as your negative characteristics can be the very things that can help someone else who is struggling in the same capacity. Your shame and guilt, if you let it, will become your experience, strength, and hope to share with others.
Celebrate your uniqueness
This does not mean to separate yourself from other people in your life. Celebrating your uniqueness signifies that you are being pure with not trying to be something other than what you are. Comprehending how wonderful you are when you are sober is a rite of passage in recovery that should not be missed.
Be willing to work through your issues
It takes a strong person to overcome addiction, and a stronger one to execute the necessary changes that will be instrumental in growing your sobriety. Some of the emotional issues that became more intensified while you were abusing substances can be possibly traced back to traumatic events that occurred in your past that you suppressed because of the pain that was endured. During your addiction, you may not know exactly what prompted erratic and overwrought behavior, but in recovery you will have tools that can help you to handle any matters that have been holding you back.
Getting sober can give you a glimpse into who you are. If you keep going in recovery, you create a whole new identity to becoming the person that you have always wanted to be and keep moving forward from there.
Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a 5-week treatment center that can help you regain your identity in sobriety. Our holistic therapy and 12-step aspects combined will show you how to adorn your soul in recovery.
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