Earning Your Way to Good Health and Wellness
According to new research, your friends probably think you are a little too #blessed as per your bountiful brag posts on social media. You might think being in recovery is nothing to brag about, but it is. First, you’ve taken tremendous steps in your life to earn your way back to wellness and good health.
Second, you’re learning how to have fun again without drugs and alcohol. For some people, this is too much to believe. Most treatment programs today are structured around having fun. You have to learn to make meaning and connect to life in a way which gives you a purpose for staying sober. Addiction and alcoholism thrive on pleasure which becomes solely associated with getting intoxicated on drugs and alcohol. If you’re bragging about having more fun than you thought was possible being sober, you’re not exaggerating. You’re stating a scientific fact.
Psychology Today reports on a complicated study which dissected the way we post on social media and how it is received. You can read the details here. In short, the results found that “…posting content on Facebook can make a good impression, but it may backfire when it can be interpreted as bragging.” For example:
- You seem more appealing when you post something positive without showing off.
- You might seem more confident when you post a brag post, “…but they can also make you seem immodest and will not necessarily convince anyone of your popularity or likeability.”
- When a friend posts about your character, that is more reliable about how #blessed you really are without seeming conceited.
Does It Really Matter?
Posting about recovery, sobriety, and treatment can be complicated. There are specific laws in place called HIPAA which are meant to protect your identity and the identity of others regarding being in treatment. Alcoholics Anonymous has a deep philosophy within their traditions about remaining anonymous. However, there is a catch. You never know which of your friends might be struggling with addiction and alcoholism themselves. Your posts about being #blessed in recovery could be the inspiration they need to realize they, too, can recover, and it doesn’t seem so bad.
When posting about your journey, remember that humility is key. Remain humble and full of gratitude and it won’t really matter what anyone else thinks. Sobriety is a blessing and you’re humbly grateful to be a part of it.
Lakehouse Recovery Center offers a tranquil and serene place for healing through recovery. Your path starts here. Call us today for information on our residential treatment programs, 12 month after care, and to schedule a tour of our beautiful lakefront property. 877.762.3707.