Change is good. It can be scary, but it can also be positive. As members of the recovery we’re always changing. Whether it’s our habits, our outlook, our associations, or anything else, change is part of all of our lives right up until the end. Recovery brings about a variety of changes that can be game-changers in our long-term success. They’re called growing pains for a reason and sometimes we’re better served with a fresh start. However, It can be difficult to assess just how much change we need in our lives and how much we have the power to embrace.
As much as we may want to hold on to our old friends, we need to take an honest look at our relationships and decide which are genuine and which are more associated with our substance abuse. For many of us, our old lives put us in touch other substance abusers. Not all of these people are ready to get treatment and we can’t put our recovery at risk by being there to watch them further destroy themselves. Recovery has a way of bringing what (and who) matters to the forefront. We can often very quickly determine the positive and toxic influences in our lives.
Many of us look around and see nothing but reminders of who we were when we were using. We see the table we kicked over in a fight with our family, we see the house we broke into when our loved ones froze us out, we see the car we smashed when we were driving drunk and it can be too much. A change in our living situation can offer a fresh start and the new beginning we need to jump start our lives.
Before we entered treatment, we weren’t taking care of ourselves. Our diets were poor, we weren’t exercising, and we were just living the wrong way. Recovery affords us an opportunity to take a look at the lifestyle changes we can make to live better and healthier lives. These changes don’t have to come over night, but we can make then incrementally to take better care of ourselves.
We don’t have to be afraid of change, nor should we be. It’s the only constant in life and will happen whether we’re ready for it or not. We can, however, us to change to our benefit in order to live better in recovery.