Patients in recovery find significantly greater success if they manage to lead a life of usefulness.

The Importance of Usefulness To Recovery

Usefulness can be described as our ability to give, relate, support, treat, build, volunteer, or empathize with others. Usefulness can be healing to others and centering as we are placed in the present moment, focusing on life’s positives. Usefulness can create:

  • Feelings of joy
  • Trust with self and others
  • A positive identity
  • Relationship development
  • Connection to others and causes
  • Increased self-worth

We can be of use to others with a kind word or our presence. When we are useful in life, we find a purpose to practice and create healthy distractions from triggers or negative thinking.  We are at ease as we cultivate feelings of interconnection, reducing depression that can come from isolation. Cultivating the feeling of purpose enhances our lives, vastly contributing to feelings of happiness.

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Usefulness Creates Purpose

Usefulness aids in connections we have to others as we place value on them and their lives. We affirm our humanity as we identify with others’ dispositions and lend a hand or an ear. In helping others, a purpose is created in our daily lives. Ways we can be useful can include following our passion, like starting a business in order to inspire others to do the same. We can be reliable in healthy relationships, encouraging availability to those in need. We can also use the help of others around us, creating trust that people will help us when we are in need.

How To Be Useful to Others

Living A Life Of Usefulness Helps Maintain Sobriety By Providing A Sense Of PurposeUsefulness can be something as simple as asking engaging questions to understand someone’s suffering. Usefulness can also mean giving people the space to be themselves or to achieve peace, so they can grow into themselves.  People struggling in recovery can use their experiences in healing through treatment facilities to encourage healing for others. Friends and family members of people in recovery can be of use to them by utilizing understanding and patience when they merge back into society.

If a friend or loved one needs understanding, we could remember to practice compassion on their healing journey. Harsh criticisms and put downs can also be counterintuitive in providing the usefulness of support as someone creates a new life. Judging others as they ask for help can discourage their sense of growth.

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Usefulness To Be Of Service

When we are of service to others, we have a new purpose that separates us from a past of addiction and enables us to re-engage with each moment. When we volunteer to homeless shelters or animal shelters for instance, we are not giving into emotions such as self-pity or selfishness. When we decide to commit to a job, we are demonstrating responsibility for ourselves and others. We can lead by example in our usefulness to others, encouraging them to live a more focused life.

The Usefulness Of Our Pain and Trauma

As we practice self-love and self-forgiveness and gather self-awareness, we understand what triggers our emotions. An act of service, as well as an opportunity to bond, can arise from sharing our story with others. We can use our voices to write or discuss our core change in groups or in our relationships. We can offer words of wisdom to others struggling with addiction or co-occurring disorders with the respect they deserve. Using our pain and trauma for others to use also connects people to each other.

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Feeling like you can’t help others creates frustration and anxiety helplessness. If you, a friend, or a loved one is desperately needing healing for their addiction, contact a treatment expert today. A treatment expert will guide you into the best rehab facility for you, allowing you to heal and connect with others.

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