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When approaching recovery, many of us feel mentally and emotionally spent, exhausted, and totally worn out. We’ve been doing intense inner healing work, confronting our fears and insecurities, conquering our inner demons, and battling our addictions and mental health issues head on. When we’re dealing with this kind of burn-out, it can be natural to feel worried about our chances of recovering. We’d like to think that we’ll be successful but we’re also anxious, uncertain, self-doubting, and sometimes pessimistic. It can be so hard to stay positive and optimistic when we’ve been dealing with such intense issues. In order to really maximize our chances for a successful recovery, it can be important to try and bring a sense of enthusiasm into the recovery process.

Feeling enthusiastic isn’t always easy for us. Much of the time it doesn’t feel natural or comfortable for us to pretend we’re happy when we’re not. Enthusiasm, though, doesn’t mean we fake happiness if that’s not what we’re genuinely feeling. It simply means we try to bring as much optimism and positivity to our recovery as we possibly can. It means we try to have faith in our potential for healing even when we’re feeling doubtful and uncertain. Inner healing and personal transformation are huge undertakings. The decision to seek out help in order to help ourselves recover is one of the biggest and most important decisions we’ll ever make. It is natural and normal for us to feel overwhelmed, scared and doubtful. When we are enthusiastic in our approach to our recovery, we try not to let our challenging emotions scare us into becoming negative and pessimistic. We want to stay as hopeful, optimistic and positive as we possibly can.

One helpful way of bringing enthusiasm into our recovery is to surround ourselves with other people with similar recovery goals who are positive and full of light. We tend to connect with people who are a strong vibrational match to us, so if we’re trying to maintain an optimistic outlook in our recovery work, chances are we will meet and connect with other people doing the same. We can uplift each other whenever we’re feeling down. We can encourage each other when we’re feeling scared. We can be each other’s source of motivation and drive each other, helping to push each other forward. We can also serve as each other’s accountability partners, giving one another someone to feel responsible towards and accountable to, giving us yet another reason to stay on track with our recovery goals.

Another way to build our enthusiasm is to practice speaking to ourselves in motivating and encouraging terms. We want to put the energy of our belief behind them so that they’re not empty and meaningless to us. We want them to resonate with us so that they can help bring about the transformation we’re seeking. “I believe in you! You’ve got this! You’re sticking to your sobriety this time, I can feel it. You can do anything. I’m so proud of you. You’re strong enough to do what’s best for yourself. You are capable of manifesting amazing things, including your recovery.”

When we do have moments of feeling low, down on ourselves and insecure, it’s important not to try and force these feelings away. We want to honor all of our emotions, including the difficult, seemingly negative ones. We want to take time to let ourselves feel them. We want to confront rather than suppress them. It’s a great idea to talk to someone you trust whenever you’re feeling anxiety, self-doubt or uncertainty in your recovery. A therapist, sponsor, recovery coach, treatment staff member or fellow support group member can all be helpful in moments like these, when we just need a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. There’s no reason to think we need to cope with our challenges all on our own. We don’t need to be martyrs in our recovery. We just need to keep going, and keep pushing ourselves. The only thing we can’t do is give up. When we try to keep this attitude of positive reinforcement, motivation and encouragement, we bolster our chances for success. We empower ourselves to heal when we believe we’re actually capable of healing, and the more positive we can stay, the more likely we are to succeed.

Allowing ourselves to be consumed with self-doubt, pessimism and negativity hinders our progress in recovery. We’re chipping away at our resolve, our resilience and our willpower. We’re essentially telling ourselves that we don’t believe in ourselves. Our inner strength can’t stand up to these attacks. We need our own support and self-love. We need to feel as though we have faith in ourselves. When we act in ways that belittle ourselves, when we don’t believe in ourselves, we lose faith in ourselves and our ability to recover. It’s impossible to manifest success when we’re hyper-focused on failure. We have to try, as much as possible, to be our own biggest fan, our cheerleader and ally. When we can enthusiastically get on our own side, and be our own support system, we empower ourselves to truly be able to heal. And when we can surround ourselves with other optimistic, positive people, in order to help us magnify our sense of enthusiasm, we feel that much more supported and loved as we do this challenging but super rewarding work of recovering.

If you’re struggling with addiction, you’re not alone. Reach out for support. The community of Riverside Recovery has personal experience with addiction and recovery. We’re here to help you reclaim the life you love. Call (800) 871-5440 today.