Don’t Be Afraid to Combine Your Two Lives
In our journey to recovery, we can often want to keep our two worlds separate. We tend to put a thick wall between our recovery program and our “normal” life. Our friends, family, and job are kept away from the work we are doing in our program. This could be for a multitude of reasons. We might feel ashamed for being in the program or fear the judgment of others. Obviously, there is a line between the two worlds. You can’t bring your outside life into the building of your program, literally. Still, you don’t have to keep them completely separate, even after you have finished with your program. The worlds can co-exist, and you can benefit from having them interact far more than you think.
Bringing Your Recovery Full Circle
Even after you have left the walls of your recovery building, you will still be a part of that world. Whether it be through scheduled meetings or helping newcomers in your free time, you can find yourself still being present within those halls. This means that you might want to continue keeping your worlds separate, even though you are no longer actually in the recovery program. But why? Your loved ones will want to know about your journey. They will wonder about what kind of work you did while in recovery, and they want to be a part of your recovery experience. Of course, some stuff they won’t know, and that’s okay. There is a reason some things are kept in confidence. However, letting them see the kind of environment that you worked so hard and excelled in, can do a lot for them and yourself. It can give them an idea of what you went through and how you succeeded. It can help alleviate their worries about you relapsing. They may have imagined you getting treated poorly or having to go through grueling work. If they can see that that was not the case, then they can feel at ease about it all.
Remember Where You Came From
Plus, it gives you a chance to show off for a bit. There is a balance that should be brought to confidence, of course, but it isn’t wrong to indulge in it every now and then. Take pride in your hard work and show them what you did and where you did it. It can help you feel confident that what you went through was worth it, that it was the right decision. Finding a place of self-affirmation and validity is a beautiful step to take. You can even begin to have more open discussions about the experience and process with your loved ones. Let them ask questions about it and explain to them how this kind of thing works. It can help them become more aware and gain a better understanding of recovery. There are a lot of different ideas and images that are out there for people who have never set foot in a program before. By letting our loved ones in, we can help promote a positive and truthful image of recovery. After all, we all want to break down these stigmas, and this provides us with a great opportunity to do just that.
Be Proud of the Work You’ve Accomplished
You should never feel ashamed of who you are and what you go through with mental illness. Recovery will become a huge part of your life, there is just no avoiding that You will have to dedicate so much time to it and so much effort that it will become a part of you. So why hide a part of you from the rest of the world? Don’t keep them separate, and don’t be afraid to give people a peek inside your experience. Keep an eye out for events at your program, meetings for alumni, and keep in touch with people you met, so that later you can introduce someone to all of those things. Your loved ones want to know all about you and your life. They care about your experiences. Let them in so that they can understand it all. It will give you a sense of pride and accomplishment for going through everything and being able to share it. Your loved ones will feel more understanding and gain a better perspective on it all. If mental illness is such a significant part of our world, then we have to embrace it and everything that comes with it. Embrace what you went through and let others see it; you deserve to show off the kind of strength you have.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]