Recovery is a personal path, but also one that involves a community and support network. With all of the social pressure of drinking and using, the social pressure of adhering to a recovery program, and our own ideas of what recovery should look like, it can be hard to really find ourselves in recovery. We become overwhelmed with what we think our recovery should look like, the person we think others want us to be, and how we should live our lives in recovery. Instead, one of the best things we can do to create a sustained recovery is truly be honest with ourselves and who we are.
The Role of Community
Before jumping into the importance of finding ourselves in recovery, it’s important to understand the role that community can play. The truth is that community is important in recovery, and we are not advocating for anyone to just do their own thing and ignore a support network. There’s a reason many recovery programs stress the importance of engaging with a community. Research suggests that community is a driving factor in both addiction and recovery.
With a helpful community, you can find support as you go through life. A community can help you remain accountable to something outside yourself, and give you guidance as you face new challenges. Overall, a support network is very important. It may be a recovery group, close family members, friends, a therapy group, or however else you find a supportive community in your recovery.
Finding Your Own Path in Recovery
If you’ve come to recovery, you probably know there are a few major ways people recover. Many take part in a twelve-step program, some may investigate SMART, or you may have the support of a therapy group or addiction treatment center. None of these options are bad or wrong, and we’re not here to bash them. We do want to encourage you to find your own path in recovery. Although there are many established options out there, you can find your own way. Try a little bit of different methods of recovery and be true to yourself about what is helpful and useful. You don’t have to adhere to only one program or technique. Mix and match and remain open-minded.
Remember that it is possible to recover without these programs. Many people recover with individual therapy, with family support, or by simply quitting cold turkey. There’s no reason to judge how others recover; focus on yourself and what works. Try taking up exercise, diving into service work, or changing fundamental aspects of your life. Maybe you can investigate mindfulness in recovery through meditation practice. The options are endless, and a willingness to try new things is key in the journey to finding a recovery that is both useful and authentic.