The Importance of Personal Development
Personal development—two powerful words that are an integral part of recovery from addiction. Drinking alcohol and taking drugs doesn’t allow for much self-improvement, and is frequently referred to as ‘blocking the sunlight of the spirit’.
How can we grow and become better human beings when we are saturating our bodies with poison? When we numb ourselves with chemicals, we numb our spirit and the spirit of the universe—which includes other human beings.
Learn and Grow
It may feel like it at times, but people aren’t put in your life as some type of obstacle. People are learning and growth opportunities. Each person that is put in your life is an opportunity for you to participate in your own personal growth. No matter how difficult someone may be, ask yourself what you can learn from them.
Do your best to handle them with love and to do no harm. As you learn to shift your thinking from fear and loathing to harmony, forgiveness, and love, all of your relationships will improve. Not only will they improve, but they will heal.
Patience Is Important
Many of us were like self-destruct buttons in our addiction, and we blew up relationships all around us. We became distrustful and fearful of others, and those feelings were mutual. Sobriety gives us the opportunity to mend those relationships. It takes time, and some relationships require more TLC than others. Remember, patience is key. We have to be patient with others, and with ourselves because healing doesn’t happen overnight.
We are the type of people who love instant gratification, yet recovery teaches us to slow down and take it one day at a time—not one day all at once. As these days begin building, and our recovery begins to blossom, we learn to leave the victim role behind.
We have a choice in how we perceive all matters, and if you look at everything and everyone that you encounter as a learning opportunity, your life will change. Every single person in your life, no matter who it is, is there for your personal development. The school of life is in session, and you have the opportunity to participate.
If you are struggling with addiction, call The Lakehouse Recovery Center. We can help you to not only improve your life, but to create one you love. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. You do not have to do this alone. Recovery is possible, call now.