Congratulations on your sobriety! As you begin to thrive in recovery, a whole new world is unfolding before you. Living life to the fullest is now a reality, instead of a gift only bestowed on “other people.” Your future is now. It’s important that you celebrate your successes and your milestones in recovery. You’ve begun to make deep connections with other addicts and alcoholics in your treatment group or 12-step fellowship, forming a whole new circle of sober friends. You’ve put together clean time and are faithfully working your program of recovery. In working with your counselor or therapist, you’ve begun to identify objectives, forming plans for how to attain your goals. You’re learning the skills to cope with life on life’s terms, without drugs or alcohol. You’re building renewed trust among family, friends and coworkers. You’re showing up for life! People can count on you, and you can count on others. Now that you’re enjoying your old hobbies again – the ones you let go in active addiction – it’s a good time to discover new activities that interest and challenge you. You’re getting out in the sunshine, becoming more physically active, trying sports and activities you’d only dreamed of in your old life. If you had lost your job as a result of your addiction, you’ve become employable once more. Why not consider a new line of work? You’ll gain a whole new skillset, and a brand-new circle of colleagues. What about taking some classes? You might have once thought school wasn’t for you, but guess what? It’s totally possible. Learn to cook, speak a new language, fix cars, or surf. Study tae-kwon-do or horticulture. Anything you can imagine, you can do! Be good to yourself on a daily basis. This is possible even when your finances are limited. Take time out to go for walk, watch a comedy, or blast the radio and sing your heart out. Make tea, make your bed, make someone else’s bed. As you begin each day, full of hope and excitement at life’s infinite possibilities, you now realize that life is an adventure. The world is yours to enjoy!
Recovery isn’t a sentence to a dull life but an opportunity to live an entirely different story. Change your story, change your life. That is our philosophy at Oceanfront Recovery, a residential treatment center. Call us today for information on our Laguna Beach programs for care: 877.279.1777