Life changes frequently. During your recovery from addiction, you may go through a number of changes. Sometimes, they are small changes that give us a new view on life. In other cases, you may find yourself struggling through the 12-step program to keep your focus.
When change happens, it is often important to take a step back and look again at our commitment. Are you still on the right path? Do you need to make changes yourself at this point to help or reboot your direction to reach your life goal?
How Are You Growing and Changing?
The path to recovery isn’t a straight one. It has many curves and backtracks in it. That’s what makes it so complex and yet so rewarding. It’s like finding the path after fighting through the woods. Yet, every tree branch that flips into your path or even stone you stumble upon is a very important part of your recovery from addiction. Don’t overlook the value those small stones are offering to you.
How can stumbling blocks like this really help you? When changes occur, such as changes in your love life, in the people that support you, in your job or even in your health, you really have to see this as a good thing. After all, it is a new opportunity to commit to your recovery and to push yourself further towards that clearing in the forest. View change as a way of growing and becoming who you want to be and who you should be.
Take a Closer Look at Your Commitment
As you see these changes occurring through your 12-step program or another treatment plan for addiction, it’s important to go back to your commitment. You can wear a necklace or hold a medallion in your hand as a reminder of what your commitment was.
However, you also have to be ready and willing to change that commitment. Now, you may not be fighting for a life with the same person or you may need to alter your goal of the career path you selected. That’s okay. When change happens, recognize it and then go back to your commitment to reexamine if it, too, needs to change.
By taking these steps, it is possible to remain on the path to recovery instead of falling and struggling to get back up. Even when you do find yourself overwhelmed, realigning your commitments can help.