4 Ways to Be Dedicated to Change

4 Ways to Be Dedicated to Change

Although changing the way you respond to pain and other triggers will take time and dedication, it is definitely possible. With practice you will develop new habits, new perspectives and a new purpose in life. Believe it or not, there is a beautiful future waiting for you if you have the dedication to get there. The following are four ways to stay dedicated to the change you need:

  1. Visualize and Describe the Future You Desire

There is great power in imagination. Imagining things is how human beings set goals, solve problems and explore their world. When you take time to imagine a future that is free of the stress, pain and anxiety of addiction, it can help motivate you to make the changes you need to make. Consider the following questions about what a sober future might look like?

  • What would your relationships look like if your addiction was in your past?
  • How would it feel for your friends and loved ones to know that you had beaten addiction?
  • Which hobbies or passions have you set by the wayside due to your addiction?
  • How would your physical health improve if you stopped abusing drugs or alcohol?
  • What would your financial health be like if you were sober?

Write down your answers to these questions. Take time to really think about how your life will improve once you beat your addiction. If you’re ready, share your thoughts with a friend or family member. If there is no one available to share your thoughts with, please call our toll-free helpline right now. Verbalizing the things you hope for has a way of making them more real.

  1. Focus on Today

While setting goals and imagining a healthier future is helpful, the journey toward that future starts with today. You can only take one day at a time. Take all of your hopes and dreams for your future and apply them to the work you need to do over the next few hours. Let tomorrow take care of itself. Your commitment to change may feel overwhelming if you think about the long road in front of you. By placing your attention on the next few hours and the rest of today, the journey becomes far more achievable. As you lay down to sleep tonight be thankful for a successful day and pray for the strength and dedication you’ll need tomorrow.

  1. Stay Connected to Your Recovery Community

Staying connected to your recovery community can be difficult. Recovering addicts often grow tired of attending meetings and counseling appointments. Over-confidence kicks in, and you may believe that you don’t need those things anymore. The truth, however, is that meetings and conversations and accountability are an absolutely critical ingredient in your recovery. You need to hear other people’s stories, and you need to share you own. When you engage in a meeting, you increase your mindfulness of you own emotional functioning. When you verbalize those feelings, you gain greater control of them. Your disease hates these meetings and these relationships. Your disease wants you to think you are stronger than those people and that you no longer need that kind of community. The question you must ask yourself, therefore, is this: Whom do you intend to listen to—your disease or the people who love you?

  1. Make Your Life About Serving Others

One powerful weapon in the war you wage with your disease is the ability to make your life about things other than your own wants and needs. When you spend time and energy serving others a few important things happen:

  • You attention is placed on others instead of your own pain.
  • Your self-esteem improves for all the right reasons.
  • You develop an increasing network of new friends and supporters.

In a strange way you may even be able to invest some new meaning in the pain that used to send you seeking a high. Your commitment to change will be bolstered by the people looking up to you. Like a body builder lifting weights despite the pain, you’ll know that there is meaning in the challenge you face. As you see the positive difference, you can make by serving others you will find new and powerful motivation to nurture your recovery instead of your disease.

24-Hour Recovery Helpline

If you need to talk to someone about your commitment to change, we are here any time of day or night. Let us help you find the resources you need in order to craft a future free of fear, anxiety, and shame. If you’ve already finished a rehab program and are simply looking for ongoing support, we can connect you with the best possible groups and counselors. We are here to help you live up to your dedication to change. Call 24 hour, toll-free helpline now.