Substance use disorder (SUD) is a chronic mental illness where you may find yourself unable to stop using drugs or alcohol despite the negative effects this use can have on your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Receiving professional treatment for SUD could save your life. Recovery centers like Healing Pines Recovery will provide you with high-quality, patient-centered care to heal your body, mind, and relationships from this chronic illness.
Once you begin to recover from SUD, you will begin living a self-directed life by promoting your wellness through exercise, group therapy, and addressing any co-occurring mental health disorders. This may require a drastic change in how you live your everyday life. Remaining hopeful that long-term recovery is achievable will help motivate you to keep working toward the positive changes in your life.
Hope is a state of mind that can be achieved through optimistic thinking and expectations of positive outcomes from honest efforts. While hope is not a resource or a physical item, it can play an active role in your ability to face adversity and remain successful in your efforts toward bettering your life. The hope to achieve goals in recovery will push you through the daily challenges and hurdles that you may face.
Hope Builds Resilience
Remaining hopeful through drug cravings, emotional lows, and times of struggle in recovery can push you through hard times and into the next fruitful stage in your life. Resilience is the ability to recover from challenges in your life. Building resiliency through recovery will help you avoid temptations to relapse. Keeping that end goal of long-term recovery and a healthy life spent with loved ones can push you through the times when you feel you can no longer continue.
What Is Hope for You?
Hope comes in many forms, and what inspires hope in each individual may look different. Finding out what will keep you hopeful through recovery may take some thought into what has inspired you to accomplish goals in the past. You can also ask yourself what you truly want in your life and from recovery. These goals can be big or small, but imagining yourself achieving these goals can help you believe you can succeed.
Goals that can inspire hope include:
- Rebuilding relationships with loved ones
- Achieving physical goals
- Starting a career
- Having a house of your own
- Going back to school
All of these goals can become interrupted by chronic drug and alcohol use. Remembering your goals prior to the presence of drugs or alcohol in your life may ignite the spark you need to reach out for help for SUD. These goals can not only encourage you to get help, but they can also act as the beam of light at the end of your journey through recovery.
Find Hope in Recovery
As mentioned, remaining hopeful in recovery will encourage you through your challenges and help you push through. Finding hope can be especially difficult when you begin recovery from drugs or alcohol because you can be faced with many negative emotions that were being blocked by substance use.
Recovery, much like an addiction, will look different for everyone. Building this new life in recovery can call for new goals, hobbies, and relationships. These factors can fruiten your new life and make it desirable and exciting, motivating you toward following this journey.
You may find hope in recovery by:
- Exploring a new sport or revisiting an old favorite
- Enjoying hobbies
- Spending time with loved ones
- Taking a walk
- Practicing mindfulness
- Catching up with an old friend
You might be able to be reminded of the bigger goals you have set for your life by revisiting old hobbies or sports. Children have huge dreams, many of which are achievable. Remembering what encouraged you as a child can rekindle some of the passion you had when you were younger.
Hope Can Be Big or Small
Sometimes, the factors that keep you hopeful may be so small, that they go unnoticed by the conscious mind. For example, you may motivate yourself to complete a workday by reminding yourself you have a great dinner planned. Hope can be as big as achieving your life goal of writing a novel, or as small as completing a jigsaw puzzle. Hope will push you through each obstacle thrown in your path to complete the goal you have set for yourself.
Find Hope at Healing Pines Recovery
Healing Pines Recovery is an addiction treatment center located in the beautiful secluding pine forests in Elizabeth, Colorado. Our team of qualified therapists and specialists will provide you with a boutique-style, individualized treatment plan that will begin to heal you from the effects of SUD on your life. If you or a loved one are struggling to find the motivation needed to achieve your goals in recovery, our team will meet you where you are and get you where you want to be by listening to your unique needs.
While the stress of everyday life and responsibilities can move us into a pattern of negative thoughts, the hope that we can achieve our personal goals will help us wake up the next day ready to succeed. As human beings, we have a natural sense of withstanding adversity.
Individuals suffering from substance use disorder may be in a difficult, dangerous state in their lives, but they are still very capable of achieving a fulfilling and successful life. Healing Pines Recovery is located on 40 acres of land in Elizabeth, Colorado. We welcome anyone to reach out to us to learn more about our personalized treatment programs that combine evidence-based therapeutic modalities and the seclusion in the great outdoors to reach whole-person healing.
Call Healing Pines Recovery today to begin your life in recovery in a judgment-free environment at 720-575-2621.