After completing an intensive addiction treatment program, you may feel renewed, energized, ready to take on the world and you may wonder, “How can I make a difference during my recovery?” Truthfully, there are endless ways you can help out and contribute to your community while simultaneously progressing your recovery and here we’ve put together a few ideas to inspire you on your journey for National Make A Difference Day.
Being compassionate and kind through your recovery doesn’t necessarily translate to grand and elaborate acts. You can start out right at home – with your family. Chances are your loved ones feel burnt out, abandoned, and depreciated. After all, they’ve stuck with you throughout your addiction and your recovery. Offer to help your brother move house, implement a weekly family night, or call your sister and ask her all about what’s been happening in her life. Simple gestures will go very far and your family will appreciate your effort.
2. Volunteer Within Your Community
Heading back to work post recovery is a tough transition socially and volunteering can be a great way to begin rebuilding your in-real-life social network. Not sure where to start? Make a list of causes that are important to you. Whether it is your love for cats or your passion for addiction advocacy, choose something that is close to your heart and then make some calls to see if there are any open volunteer positions. Bonus: You’ll meet some cool people who have similar interests. Yay for potential new friends!
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama
3. Join a Recovery Group
Making a difference post recovery doesn’t need to be difficult. In fact, it can be as simple as getting your coffee every morning. If you join a recovery group, you are becoming a part of, as well as contributing to, a safe environment for sharing and socializing. A great addition to any community, a recovery group can be a great way to connect with other addicts who have gone through or are still going through the same things you have. Try your best to get involved in all aspects of the groups and the meetings and to be as supportive to others in your group as they are for you.
4. Teach Others Important Skills
Whether you are good at something fun like guitar, sewing, or cooking or more pertinent skills like writing resumes, or coding, sharing your knowledge or skills with others can be extremely rewarding. Make a list of things you enjoy doing and that you feel you happen to know a substantial bit about and reach out to friends, family, or connect with people via social media to get started.
If you or someone you love needs help with their addiction or recovery, our compassionate recovery addiction specialists are here to help. Call us today 1 (877) 968-6283 to take the next step toward a meaningful sober life.