Finding the Strength to Move On From Your Past

Moving on is never an easy feat. The term implies that something is being left behind, and there are many things in life that we want to leave behind. We may want to leave our pain and struggles behind, our sleepless nights, our panic attacks, our anger, and fear. But do we want to leave our loved ones behind? Our blessings? Our achievements? Our triumphs and accomplishments? No matter where we are in life, there are going to be things that we don’t want to leave behind or move on from. Yet, life demands it and moving on can lead to bigger and better things for us. But that doesn’t make it any easier and can be some of the hardest work we have to do as people. That difficulty comes from many different places, one of which is having to move on from things that we may not think we even have to move on from. There may be things that we hold onto for various reasons; we may hold onto it like a chip on our shoulder, hold onto it for memory’s sake, or just because we feel that it is the right thing to do. But it can be the wrong thing to do and may lead to damaging and dangerous consequences.

We may hold onto our struggles with a mental disorder because we feel like we have to carry that with us. We carry it as motivation and a reminder of where we came from. At True Recovery, we understand that sentiment and encourage you to not be afraid of your past. We don’t want you to ignore where you came from or hide it from your current life, but we also want you to live free, beyond it. As many of us go through recovery and move past it, we have a hard time escaping the shadow of what we went through. We feel a lot of emotions and a lot of pain in these moments, and much of that is what helps motivate us to get better. So, it is only natural that we continue to carry those things with us as we move on to the next chapter of our lives. 

The truth is that we can’t truly feel recovered until we let those things go, and we understand that we are not the same person that we were back then. The same things that affected or triggered us won’t do the same for us anymore. We have to come to terms with the fact that we have changed as people through all of this, and that it is okay to leave the person you were behind. Part of recovery is recognizing the good in the bad. Accept your changes, your growth, and your strength that allowed you to keep moving forward. Accept the positive things that redefined you and changed the kind of person that you are. Don’t let the memory of what used to bother you or the habits you used to indulge in cause you to be held back. You are better now, and with that comes being different. Change is good and is what we strive for in recovery. 

It isn’t easy and the actual work is something that will take some time. We have to move on from our comfort zone and that isn’t easy for anyone involved. We want to remain in familiarity. But we have to realize that moving on from our past is the only way that we can truly grow. It is not a bad thing to leave our old selves behind. We can still remember the things that are important to remember, but leave behind the things that we need to let go of. The person that you used to be will gradually disappear and you will keep moving on from your past. We all have trouble leaving things behind, but we all have to do it. You are better for it and you are stronger for it. You have strength and control; don’t let your past take that away from you. 

 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]