How To Fill The Void of Addiction and Change Your Story

“One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.” – Demi Lovato

If you ask most people in recovery why they used drugs or alcohol, most will tell you they needed to fill a void within themselves. Often these feelings cause so much anxiety that people feel desperate to escape them and use addictive substances and behaviors to try to fill those gaps. During recovery, individuals begin to learn how to fill those voids that kept them from feeling whole and complete. However, once out of rehab, it’s only the beginning of recovery and now the actual work starts. Now is the time to learn how to develop behaviors that will help you maintain your sobriety. Here’s a list of coping skills to use while handling life after addiction treatment:

Fill Your Life with a Robust Support System 

Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. This will help you and make you feel cared for and loved. Recovery is also an excellent time to reconnect with friends and family that you may have become alienated from. 

Eating Healthy

Eating a well-balanced diet will ultimately allow you to feel better, both mentally and physically. Preparing these meals will also fill up a fair amount of our time – time you used to spend looking for substances to fill your void.  

Creativity

Try taking up a new hobby or starting up an old one. For example, if you are trying to focus on eating healthy, then take a cooking class. If you are the creative type, try taking writing, music, art, graphic design, or embroidery classes or workshops. Listening to podcasts, reading books and even watching Youtube videos can help you figure out how to hone your creativity. The Unruffled Podcast is a weekly show exploring all topics related to creativity in recovery. They explain, “When an addiction is removed, there is a void that is left and this show digs into all of the ways to fill that void.” 

Exercise 

The number of fitness activities and classes today are endless, and they all accomplish the same goal for those in recovery – to get healthy, expend excess energy (and stress) that can often lead to relapse, and improve your overall physique. Training for a competitive event such as a marathon or triathlon can also help during recovery – leading to a great sense of accomplishment. 

Mourning

In most recovery programs, it is often encouraged to begin your recovery by first mourning the loss of your past addiction. As your past addiction had been with you for a very long time, it’s important you mourn the loss of it. This mourning also includes saying goodbye to toxic friends, places, and unhealthy habits that led to your addiction. It’s essential you recognize that loss but also acknowledge that although it was something you did—it’s not who you are. 

Getting Help For Addiction

The emptiness that used to fill you up like a black hole has finally given way to something better. Now is the time to learn how to develop behaviors that will help you maintain your sobriety and change your story. If you or a loved one is suffering from a substance use disorder or addiction, get help now. Substance use disorders or addiction is treatable and recovery is possible, take the first step and contact us today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.