At first, recovery isn’t easy. The experiences of drug detox and the first few weeks of sobriety can be hard. They might even by physically painful. It’s a challenging journey to change your life. But once the initial hardships are over and once you’re past the discomforts of living an unfamiliar life, there can be plenty of joy to experience. In fact, many recovering addicts would say that they would never go back to the life that they once had. Recovery has brought them health and happiness.
Joyful Experiences Can Come With Recovery From Addiction
- In recovery, a person learns how to cope with stress. Knowing that you don’t have to rely upon drugs and alcohol to cope with life can be a source of joy and happiness.
- No longer using substances lowers a person’s risk of health problems.
- Knowing how to cope with stress and emotions in a healthy way lowers the risk of stress related illnesses.
- With recovery, a person tends to change the way they look at the world. They go from seeing life as a series of challenges to seeing life as a series of opportunities.
- Without substance use, a person has a greater capacity to develop relationships that are meaningful and fulfilling.
- Those in recovery have the opportunity to see life in an optimistic way. They’re more likely to feel good about what the future may bring.
- Recovery can bring a feeling with contentment in life and with that there are less cravings to use drugs and alcohol.
- Many men and women in recovery feel good knowing that they are on a path of self-improvement.
- Recovering addicts who are using the 12-step method as a part of their recovery may gain joy from having a relationship with a higher power.
- Those in recovery who have made amends with friends and family members might also feel joy about these repaired relationships.
- Many men and women in recovery gain a sense of joy in life when they are connecting with others in a support group or 12-step meeting.
- Recovery can put a person on track for achieving their dreams, and this can be a source of great joy.
- Recovery teaches that it’s important to give back to your community. When a person volunteers or contributes their time toward helping others recover they may derive joy and happiness from their philanthropy.
- Many people in recovery feel more confident and are willing to take more risks in life. This sense of courage and inner strength can help a person feel good about their life.
- Those in recovery tend to spend time with others who are changing their lives and reaching new heights. This alone can bring joy and satisfaction to a person.
It’s important to remember that living a joyful and fulfilling life doesn’t happen just because you’ve gotten sober. It develops from making healthy decisions, committing to sobriety, and following your dreams.
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