It’s easy to underestimate the benefits of doing good to others. We tend to get so focused on ourselves that at times we even forget to think about those around us. Helping others can help you in your own addiction recovery. Read on to learn more.
Focusing on Others Helps Puts Life into Perspective
If you ever get caught up thinking constantly of your own troubles, over time these troubles begin to be magnified, and they drain you physically and mentally. Finding ways to refocus helps remind you of what is important in life, and it puts your trouble into perspective. Yes, your addiction is unfortunate and recovery can be a challenge, but it is so worth it when you look at the big picture and the benefits of a sober life.
People around us struggle every day, many times with problems even worse than ours. Seeing the need around you helps you realize it’s not so bad. You have an issue with drug or alcohol use. You can get help, stick to a treatment program, and do something about it. But what can you do to help other people deal with their painful, life-altering, or even life-threatening problems? Making a point to help others changes you for the better. It makes you more appreciative, more empathetic, and more motivated in your own recovery.
Ways to Help Others
How can you see the need around you and help others during your recovery? The possibilities are endless, but we will make a few suggestions to help you get started.
Encourage others in recovery. The absolute number one way to help others in a way that will help your own recovery is to mentor or sponsor someone else in recovery. It’s true that the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else, and showing your knowledge and experience with others in recovery will help solidify your own sobriety. Be open about your challenges and the things you learned in rehab and you will find that you have a better, more complete perception of your own life and recovery. An extra benefit is that those who have been through recovery are usually the best ones to help others through it. You might just be the perfect person to reach an otherwise unreachable addict.
Volunteer. Volunteering at a community organization that meets a specific need is helpful as well. Local food banks, shelters, and youth centers are always looking for help. Churches, humane societies, and libraries are also good places to start. Examine your interests and then use your knowledge to serve others. You will find that your life is happier, healthier, and more rewarding after you spend some time volunteering with others less fortunate.
See the needs of loved ones. Don’t forget about the people you know personally. Is a close friend or family member struggling with health issues, relationship problems, or financial needs? Cook them a meal, organize a fundraiser for them, or just be a listening ear they can confide in. The more you look outside yourself, the more you will see that you have the resources and ability to be of service to others. Helping others will give you a sense of purpose and it is rewarding to see the impact of your service to others.
We are all in this crazy life together, and the sooner we realize our words and actions can have a positive impact on others, the happier and more able to accomplish our own goals we will be. If you need addiction treatment, come see what Community Rehab is all about. We believe in the power of positive interactions with others, and our treatment success is based on the idea that communities work together to make everyone stronger. Contact us at (855) 478-1034 today to learn more.