Struggling with addiction can leave painful memories that we’d often rather forget. But it doesn’t have to be a death sentence – I’ve learned how to deal with my own pain and move forward, which starts by allowing myself time to feel the emotions without lingering too long in them. Instead of staying stuck in those negative moments, choose instead to acknowledge their existence as part of your story then keep pushing towards growth – this is why you’re working so hard on yourself after all!
Being in active addiction for 10 years comes with a lot of trauma. I can be driving by a place I used to get drugs or smell a certain scent and I am instantly taken back to a painful memory.
It all becomes easier knowing I’ve got something to work towards – an escape from painful memories. That’s why I’m so dedicated to bettering my life and making sure good things come out of it. My past won’t define me, because the future will be even brighter!
Take a moment to reflect and extend forgiveness not just for the hurtful moments in your life, but also towards others. Letting go of resentment can be freeing!
LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN EVERYONE
Look for the positives in people even if they are hard to find. We are all really just trying to make it the best way we know how to.
Just when you think things can’t get much worse, acceptance can open up a world of possibilities. Embrace the challenges and struggles life throws your way – it might just make growing stronger that little bit easier!
FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
When I find myself dwelling in the negative is when I realize I’m starting a bad downward spiral. So at all costs I truly try to stay in the positive.
TAKE THE FOCUS OFF OF YOURSELF
Stop dwelling in the negative that has happened to you. Understand that everyone has painful shit that has happened to them. It’s how you handle it moving forward that matters.
Quotes to Inspire:
“Once you realize that you deserve a bright future, letting go of your dark past is the best choice you will ever make”
“At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life”
“You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith”
In the beginning of Recovery, It is so much harder to navigate those kind of painful memories. But I promise it gets easier! Stay Strong!