5 Ways You Can Find Happiness in Recovery
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Addiction is isolating. It breaks our spirit as well as the hearts of those who love us. Addiction drains our self-confidence, lowers our self-esteem, and makes us feel guilty, depressed, and helpless. Treatment helps us to discover ourselves, rebuild our sense of worth, and enjoy life without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Addiction often coincides with a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Many who suffer from addiction are also battling an invisible illness. When mental health conditions are not treated under medical supervision, some turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with unpleasant feelings and emotions. In turn, using drugs or alcohol to cope puts a person at risk of addiction, which can lead to heart attack, liver failure, overdose, and early death.
Addiction takes the brain hostage and controls the way the brain functions. When the brain is addicted, it craves the drugs or alcohol to feel “normal.” When a person stops using these substances, he or she feels uncomfortable and sometimes painful flu-like withdrawal symptoms. To make the withdrawal symptoms cease, an individual uses more of the drugs or alcohol and is unable to stop using.
Recovery is a lifelong process and can be challenging. In recovery, old habits of using drugs or alcohol are replaced with healthy new ones. Eventually, you will begin to experience a fulfilling life in sobriety. Finding happiness is rewarding and motivating. Living substance free will help you to discover more about yourself such as your interests, hobbies, and potential.
According to a 2014 article in Psychology Today, Jason Powers M.D. states that ”happiness is cultivated over a lifetime of repetitively forging good habits, building character, and adding to one’s own and other people’s well-being. Enduring well-being requires that positive habit-driving activities become automatic and essentially become who you are.”
5 Ways to Find Happiness
A new substance-free life will renew your spirit, restore your health, and allow you to explore your strengths, goals, and ambitions. Recovery can be challenging, but there are ways to experience happiness in the process:
- Be grateful. When you are grateful for what you have, you can feel a sense of happiness. If you are feeling depressed, write down a list of people, places, and things for which you are grateful.
- Stay connected. People who get sober and stay sober are happier when they are socially connected to others. People usually are happier when they feel emotionally and psychologically connected to others with similar experiences.
- Forgive. When you forgive others, you let go of unnecessary resentment that would otherwise interfere with your happiness in sobriety. Let go of resentful feelings and understand that you cannot change people.
- Be kind. In today’s world, negativity and hate lurk all around us. Grow in recovery by being kind. When you feel comfortable, help a newly sober person in recovery who is fighting for their life. Saying hello with a smile can make a huge difference in someone’s day. Share your experience with them and encourage their sobriety.
- Self-acceptance. The goal of self-acceptance is not to encourage self-blame and guilt but to move from the perspective of you not liking who you are to being on your own side while creating lifestyle changes.
Holistic treatment offers to heal the mind, body, and spirit. This three-part approach focuses on healing the total person. Mindfulness in addiction recovery helps you to be more mindful of yourself and others and be present. “Mindfulness meditation can facilitate the process of self-acceptance through its focus on observing but not judging. This non-judgmental awareness can not only allow you to practice seeing yourself without heaping on blame, guilt, and self-doubt, it can also help you train your brain to respond differently to anxiety and stress.” (Srini Pillay, Harvard Health Publishing, 2016).
Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health
Addiction is a complicated chronic brain disease making an impact on those who are fighting it and ones who love them. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable and there is hope in recovery. Addiction is isolating but you are not alone. Many who get treatment proceed to live healthy, productive, meaningful lives in sobriety.
Recovery is a lifelong journey and you deserve to feel rejuvenated, restored, and happy in a new sober lifestyle. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and a mental health disorder, get help today. Do not let the stigma of addiction and mental health keep you from getting help. Take the first step toward saving your life and call now. Happiness does happen in recovery.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.