When you recover from addiction, there are fundamental needs that must be met in order for you to grow in recovery and as a person. The most important need that must be met is a connection with yourself. As human beings, we need to feel a sense of love and belonging to oneself and to others. When you are connected to a person, a hobby, a lifestyle or even a Higher Power, you are immersed in the present moment. When connected to the present moment, you create joy and passion for living.
When you are connected to others, it fosters the sense of physical, emotional and spiritual contact. When we are able to empathize, experience positive experiences and get support through tough times, we become connected and foster a deep sense of love, belonging and healing. The following is how addiction recovery creates deep connections to self, others and to the world.
The Connection to Self
When you connect with yourself, you are able to dig deeper into your mind to uncover past traumas and events that led to your addiction. You are able to explore your inner self to uncover the core of your true being. You will be able to find your true passions, values, beliefs and the things you dislike.
When you are able to truly connect with yourself, you can explore what brings you happiness and what motivates you to become passionate about life. When you connect with yourself, you reduce negative thoughts, stress, and anxiety. Ultimately, connecting with yourself is an act of self-love in the fact that you can look inward for answers. This can be cultivated through the use of mediation, journaling, and other introspective practices.
The Connection to Others
When you are able to connect with others in your recovery, you create a sense of belonging and community. As humans, we need to feel a connection to others because of the happiness it creates. Additionally, having deep connections with others reduces stress, increases immunity, bolsters self-esteem, and reduces anxiety and depression. This leads to a longer and healthier life.
Connecting with others in recovery can take many forms. One example is through a 12-step or similar sober support group. Another example is through volunteering or mentoring. Most importantly, feeling a connection with others is fostered through family, friends, and others in your support network. When you engage with others, you can discover what makes you unique and open new pathways to bonding with others.
The Connection to Spirituality
While connecting with the self and others is integral to your recovery, spirituality cannot be left out. By connecting with a power greater than yourself, you begin to fully understand life events and your responsibility to those events. Through this higher connection, you can look beyond your ego, your flaws, and your past and learn to get in tune with the present moment. You learn to let go of old thoughts, feelings and being and adopt new healthy ways of viewing yourself and the world around you.
Connecting with a “higher power” can take many forms. Your higher power can be a religious figure or can be music, art, nature or anything that has a source of power greater than your own. You can cultivate these feelings through the practice of gratitude. Through daily practice, you increase your feelings of inner peace and inspiration. You also can increase your motivation to better yourself. Most importantly, spiritual connections foster deep feelings of love which helps you feel protected and worthy of love.
Connection Creates Lasting and Powerful Change
There is no doubt that addiction recovery creates an opportunity to create lasting and powerful change for yourself, others and the world around you. In recovery, connection creates pathways for healing and growth and allows you to leave your addict past for good. In order to start that change and feeling connection, you must overcome your addiction through the help of experienced professionals. Connect with a treatment expert today and start your journey.
About Robert Tropp
Robert Tropp is a functional nutrition practitioner whose primary focus is substance abuse and mental health disorders. Robert used functional medicine to help heal his mind and body, and now uses the lessons he learned in his journey to wellness to help others struggling to regain their mental and physical well-being. Robert is an advocate for the importance of nutrition in addiction recovery and works as the health and wellness director at Nuview Treatment Center in Marina Del Rey, CA.