Much of the work we do in recovery is independent work we have to do on our own. We have to dig deep, do some intense soul-searching, and examine our patterns and cycles with honesty, openness and transparency. We have to learn more about ourselves and increase our mindfulness and self-awareness. We have to confront our thoughts and emotions, our fears, and the memories of our traumatic experiences. We have to reprogram our subconscious minds and shed the limiting beliefs holding us back. We have to work to rid ourselves of our self-destructive tendencies. While we have some work we must do on our own, our recovery is bolstered and amplified tremendously when we enlist the support of people who can help us.
We often will isolate ourselves when we’re depressed or struggling with our addictions. As we’re working to recover, we know we have to start opening ourselves up to other people again. We have to work to remove some of the blocks we have around letting other people in. We have to shed some of our resistance to asking for and receiving help. We have to humble ourselves enough to allow ourselves to be helped. We have to shed the pridefulness that tells us we have to recover on our own, or that we’re weak if we can’t do it alone. Enlisting support is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, and allowing ourselves to receive help when we need it is actually a sign of strength, not weakness.
There is a community of people available to help you when you’re ready to let it in. You may or may not have met them already. They might include members of your support groups, alumnae from your treatment center, friends you meet in recovery, and loved ones who have been there to support you all along. You might enlist the help of a sponsor, spiritual guide or mentor. You might want to take advantage of your relationship with your therapist and schedule extra meetings while you’re actively working to get better.
The more you allow people to help you in your recovery, the better equipped you will be to help others when they need you. What we receive and give to ourselves we can then turn around and offer to other people. But first we must prioritize our healing, and we should take advantage of all the help we can get. Enlist the support of your recovery community, and give yourself every advantage in your chances for a successful recovery.
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