In a state of active addiction, we lost touch with who we were at the core of our being. We began identifying ourselves with the drugs we were using and put up walls to block our true nature off from the rest of the world. When we get sober, however, we begin to realize that there is so much more to us than we ever recognized. It can be scary to finally begin the process of self-exploration and self-discovery, but soon we find a sense of comfort with ourselves than we ever thought possible. The cycle of addiction is all-consuming. At some point along the way, we forgot who we were. Instead, we self-identified as “addicts” or “alcoholics” and resigned ourselves to whatever fate may come as a result of our addiction. When we get sober, the feelings of finally returning to who we once were can be nearly overwhelming. For some, however, we feel lost because the person at the core of our being is unfamiliar and has been ignored for so long that we are unsure who it is. One of the greatest gifts of sobriety is the ability to finally get back in touch with our inner-self. We begin engaging in new activities and trying new things, rediscovering our likes and dislikes. As we grow spiritually, we begin to seek out a new meaning and purpose in our life. All the dreams and possibilities that we dismissed as impossible in our addiction begin to become attainable. The question of “who am I?” begins to fade overtime in sobriety as our inner-self begins to move more and more to the forefront of our being. The masks we were and the characters we played dissolve, and finally we feel a sense of comfort and serenity with ourselves that we never thought possible. Drugs and alcohol kept us from interacting with the world as our true selves, but when they are removed we find it easier to approach situations with a sense of honesty that we never thought possible. Taking the time to rediscover who we are, to break down the walls of addiction and let our true nature shine through, can be one of the most rewarding processes we have ever engaged in.
Addiction and alcoholism do not have to define your story. You can get back in touch with yourself and achieve a sense of ease and comfort in sobriety. Oceanfront Recovery, a treatment facility in beautiful Laguna Beach, believes “when you change your story, you change your life.” Your life is not meant to be controlled by addiction and alcoholism. Oceanfront can give you all the tools needed to make a full recovery and achieve permanent sobriety. For more information about treatment options, please call today: (877) 279-1777