How to Find Courage in Recovery
People who are trapped in addiction can suffer greatly. Their obsession with drugs and alcohol can lead to the destruction of everything that used to be the most important to them in their lives. Even while it is usually obvious to the addict that their addictive behavior is the source of their own misery and of those who love them, they may still seem unwilling to change. People with addictions must learn how to find courage in recovery.
Here’s why: there is comfort in familiarity, and change takes a great deal of courage because it is a step towards the unknown. Addicts who are seeking to free themselves of the hold that drugs and alcohol have over them need to summon up the necessary courage to move forward, in spite of their fears.
There is no doubt that entering recovery is a courageous move. Change is never easy: even when it means that people are leaving a miserable situation for a much better one. Embracing change during recovery takes courage, because recovery is a process and not an event. Becoming sober is just the first step; there will be plenty more challenges ahead.
Learning Face Your Fears and Forgive Yourself
Once an addict becomes sober, he or she will be forced to face the wreckage of their past as a part of the recovery process; this also takes courage. But mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. People can and do move on from the mistakes of the past all the time. Recovering addicts will need to develop the willingness to face life and not try to run away when things get hard. If they fail to do this, they might relapse in order to cope.
You CAN Do This
At White Sands Treatment Center, we know from personal experience that substance abusers can learn to be more courageous in life. We understand that courage does not mean the absence of fear; it means taking action in spite of it. Our individualized rehab programs start with small steps that build self-esteem and confidence. When a substance abuser is ready and willing to accept the help that we offer, they will discover that they do in fact have the courage and inner strength needed to overcome their fears and to make the changes that will lead to a lasting recovery.