The Value Of Connection To Recovery
Human and spiritual connection are some of our most fundamental needs. According to psychologists, love and belonging are two of our most basic needs as a species. When we are connected to a person, ourselves, a hobby/career, a higher power, a group, or a lifestyle, we are ingrained in the present moment, creating joy and passion. Once a purpose or passion is known to us, we can dedicate our lives to maintaining it.
Connection encourages social, physical, and emotional contact and healing. When others empathize with us, validate our pain or experiences, or find ways to soothe us when needed, we are able to develop a connection with them. Maintaining this connection can build community and enhance relationships.
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Connection With Ourselves
Connections with ourselves enable us to dig deeper into our hearts and minds to uncover our trauma. We can also find a motivation for transformation. When we connect with ourselves, we learn more about our spiritual, social, financial, emotional, and mental needs. We can start creating connections by seeking authentic truths about our passions. We can ask ourselves what makes us happy and how we can remain present. With connection to ourselves, we can get more insight on how we hurt and what we can do to heal.
Focusing on ourselves is not selfish, but an act of self-love. Self-awareness creates balance and enhances our connection by allowing us to tune inward for answers. One way this can be achieved is by meditation. Meditation helps people become aware of their own thoughts, while they achieve relaxation. Journaling and creating healthy habits can additionally reveal truths within ourselves.
Connection With Others
Connecting with others, whether through human touch, conversation, or a shared interest, reinforces community. We are living authentically in sharing a common interest, creating healthy distractions. Connection helps us lessen negative thinking which comes from feelings of isolation. Humans have a deep need to bond, and when they bond with a social group, feelings of happiness and endorphins in the brain increase.
People in recovery often benefit from joining a 12-Step recovery program to form and deepen connections with others. Another way we can build connections with others is by networking in our community. Finding people who have similar professional aspirations can enhance self-esteem after a life of addiction. Having engaging conversations with friends to help you discover your quirks can open up new pathways to bonding.
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Connection With A Higher Power
Spirituality is a strong component in facilitating healing. When we connect with a higher power (though not necessarily any specific one), we understand we are not responsible for life events. Connecting to a higher power can show us there is more to life than our suffering, our pasts, our flaws, and our egos. We can learn to surrender to each moment, letting go of old patterns of being, thinking, or existing.
We can connect to a higher power by thinking of something we consider holy. This can be a religious figure, music, nature, or another source. Take a moment daily to reflect on feelings of peace, inspiration, or motivation which arise when connecting with this source. In practicing connecting to a higher power, we are reminded of our worth, reinforcing a bond with something that makes us feel blissful.
Healing with Connection
Connection, whether this is attained on an emotional or spiritual level, can be the motivating factor to help us achieve change. Connection can challenge our limiting beliefs and our destructive habits. When we create intentions to connect and heal, we are taking an active role in creating core change. We no longer feel as powerless as we once were, redefining our self-worth and self-image.
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Connection to self, others and life are valuable and have healing effects. Someone with addiction may be disconnected with healing opportunities and may need help in finding the best treatment facility for them. If you or a loved one needs healing from addiction, click here to connect with a treatment expert.
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