So many people have no idea what they truly want to do with their lives. The questions, “If you could do anything you wanted, what would it be?” Or even the standard, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” are often met with an uncomfortable laugh, and brushed off without an answer, or “I don’t know.” For those who aren’t addicts or alcoholics, these questions have a bit of a different meaning. See, as an addict or alcoholic brand new to recovery, you really are about to grow up, and you really had no idea what you wanted to do beforehand because addiction took away every trace of a choice you may have had in life.
If you’re like many of us who have been new to recovery, you may not know exactly what you like. To an outsider, this might sound a little strange, but really, we don’t know that much about ourselves. As we stay sober we start discovering little things about ourselves that can surprise even us. Maybe we actually enjoy waking up early, listening to the birds, and having a cup of coffee while flipping through Instagram. Or maybe we like taking pictures of sunsets and walking the beach at dusk, waiting for the ball the drop.
You may not know what you want to do now that you’re sober, but what you should do, is something that interests you. If you like writing, painting, or drawing, you could take a class. Maybe you like cooking; you could apply at a local restaurant and learn some new skills while earning a paycheck. If golf is your thing, head to the golf course. Mountain resorts are always looking for staff, and if you’re into surfing or skating, you could teach the ‘groms’ your style. It’s important to keep your mind open and follow your heart.
Multi-faceted recovery programs like the one at The Lake House Recovery Center engage clients in both recovery and non-recovery activities to spark their interests, develop new passions, and create a zest for life that doesn’t include drugs and alcohol. By learning how to have fun again, without drugs and alcohol, clients discover a way of living that doesn’t require intoxication. Life is precious, find what makes you feel alive, and do it to the fullest.
If you’ve lost yourself in addiction, we can help. You don’t have to feel like you do now, ever again. At Lakehouse Recovery Center, our treatment approach supports you in discovering who you are and what works best for you. We want you to succeed, and we will help you begin your own path to recovery. Don’t put your life on hold another day. Call us, we are here 24/7, toll-free at (877) SOBER | (877) 762-3707. You can do this, your life is worth saving, and you can change. Call now.