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Maintaining Recovery by Living a Life of Passion
Recovering from a substance use disorder can seem uncomfortable at first, yet finding and living a life of passion is a transformative way to rise above the grips of addiction. Why is passion important? Passion is the feeling that gives our spirit a spark. Having passion in life keeps us engaged and active and gives us the motivation needed to live an authentic life. Knowing what ignites our spirit not only gives us a sense of joy, but it also gives a sense of purpose as a driving force.
Passion is an innate energy source that everyone holds. This energy is a source for living an inspired life that is driven by purposeful action and intention. Passion is your vision for life which comes from your strengths, skills, core values, interests and talents. Passion is often born after overcoming a difficult experience, including a substance use disorder. Living a life of passion can benefit those in recovery from addiction because people who live a passionate life are less likely to suffer from fear, procrastination, doubt, or indecision, all of which can plague individuals in active addiction. Living a passionate life can further benefit an individual at home, in the workplace, in relationships, with improving life skills, health and wellness, creating a healthy balanced life, and improving one’s overall well-being.
Living a life of passion involves motivation, discipline, authenticity, and the willingness to sustain a new sober lifestyle. This is an exciting time to try new activities and discover what brings you happiness. For some, this means stepping outside of one’s comfort zone and for others, finding the bravery to re-discover their dreams and live for themselves.
Discovering Your Passion
Patients looking to feel more confident can find new ways to re-engage in life, maintain social connections, and discover their purpose. Making lifestyle changes takes patience and self-motivation; however, stepping into a renewed life is an exciting journey with great rewards. Individuals delight in the joy that comes from living an authentic life free from addiction and celebrate their courage for walking into a life of passion in recovery.
Recall activities you once enjoyed prior to your addiction and notice what excited or interested you. Was it starting a business? Was it traveling? Was it learning a new language? This feeling may be the secret to unlocking your passion. Once a dream is identified, you can keep that passion alive by making it part of your daily life.
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Transforming Pain into Passion
In rehab, patients learn to identify their triggers, as well as how to cope with them, by being self-aware of how to respond in a healthy manner in situations that trigger them. Painful memories can benefit the individual by becoming an inspiration for creative outlets. Hope, transformation, empathy, and seeing transformation in peers can bond members of support groups, as well as keep them engaged long-term. This bond, or connection, can become a passion in itself.
Individuals can journal to uncover emotions and feelings and gain insight into their core beliefs. Sharing memories with someone you trust, and how they affect you in the present, is also very healing. Becoming mindful of positive and negative emotions is very beneficial and can be processed in many ways, such as through art, including making poetry, writing stories, or speeches. Writing a story or becoming an advocate for something you believe in, such as addiction awareness, is an example of a healthy way to get involved with your passion or purpose and inspire others to heal.
Letting Go of Fear
Many in recovery fear how different their lives would be without substances. However, fear is an obstacle to living one’s truth. Letting go of any fear stemming from change is central to living an authentic, purposeful and passionate life. This involves trusting the flow of life, others, and yourself to find that spark and keep it lit.
Letting go teaches patients how to challenge themselves to be present and open to each day with hope. Leaving our comfort zone contributes to personal growth and happiness. Maintaining a positive mental attitude helps one find their passion without fear. The more someone believes in themselves, the higher their chance of committing to a life of change. If self-doubt arises, support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or other 12-Step affiliated programs are available.
Creating a Life You Love
Living a life of passion involves living a purposeful life that is aligned with one’s personal beliefs and values. It is about finding joy in all that we do. When you live a life of passion, you have the ability to overcome any adversity that life throws your way. Without passion, people often get caught up with anger, frustration and disappointment. Individuals in recovery do not have to rigidly stick to a set of beliefs. This knowledge can give them the freedom to design a positive life of passion and purpose.
The path to living a life of passion includes practicing self-love. Self-love is about self-knowledge. The more understanding and awareness a person has about themselves, the more one can truly love themselves. Self-love gives people the ability to reflect back on life choices and see past them. Self-love allows those in recovery to explore forgiveness of self and others in order to heal emotional wounds. With self-love, self-acceptance becomes normal.
Looking at one’s past and accepting it with confidence demonstrates closure. Individuals can wholeheartedly understand themselves and forgive themselves for any damage their addiction caused. Cultivating gratitude enhances a positive perspective of self and the world and can keep the passion experienced in daily life consistent.
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Taking the Next Step
Creating a life of passion shows that those out of recovery have power to create the lives that they want. If challenges arise, there is a choice of a better lifestyle. If a patient finds inspiration difficult, life coaches and recovery coaches are there to assist patients with therapy. Contact a treatment provider today.
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