There are a lot of changes that someone will undergo through the course of their recovery from addiction. Even as steps are made, there can seem to be an insurmountable number of things that still need to be addressed. Recovery from addiction involves someone changing many fundamental conceptions and practices of their lives; the difficulty and resilience it takes to see through these steps are astounding.
However, there are many ways to stay motivated through difficult times. Often, these motivational tools also hold a good degree of therapeutic benefit as well. Seeing success in motion and accomplished goals can help someone have a positive outlook amidst change. Having shared goals with a support group or family unit can all help further the chances of someone’s ongoing success and sobriety.
The Importance of Shared Goals
Groups can create a network of shared goals that help an individual understand the potency of their success. Having a number of shared goals can help someone in a variety of ways through this difficult process. Sharing a goal with even one other person establishes a sense of kinship and belonging. Feeling like a member of a duo, let alone a group, comes with several benefits.
Feeling alone through recovery can compromise someone’s own thoughts toward recovery. After all, if they are alone, whether or not they recover really only affects them, and not the greater world and people around them. Sharing goals creates a necessary sense of community.
Patients can use these goals to build relationships with those around them, and thus obtain a deeper understanding of their recovery in themselves and in others. Having a shared goal with multiple people also allows people to pool their ideas.
While not every strategy will work for each person, constantly having an influx of new ideas can help someone feel as if there is always hope for the next step. A variety of ideas can keep minds busy and moving, both in a unified group as well as in a very internal, personal manner.
Seeing the First Success
The sheer number of changes that someone must go through during recovery is daunting. It can often feel like a giant wall that requires someone to upend everything they know about regarding how to live. However, this doesn’t need to be the case.
Seeing success on a smaller scale can be all that someone needs in order to continue towards their own goals. Someone telling their story about how they finally were able to make it their first whole day without drinking can be a huge motivation.
Each person’s recovery will be different, but there is a large degree of strength and willpower needed in every situation. Seeing peers exhibit these strengths can empower everyone in the room, regardless of their own phase of recovery.
Experiencing success brings hope, and makes each step seem more realistic, and less like chasing a fantasy goal. Recovery is attainable, and individuals need to see success in motion in order to feel that way. Seeing someone’s success can also empower someone else to look at their own available resources.
The pool of coping strategies holds great importance, but someone being able to identify their own unique resources can also help them accomplish their own personal goals. Observing someone else’s individual family members, other groups and communities, reward system structures, media and books, and various other things, can all be resources at someone’s disposal. Acknowledging each of the different ways that resources can manifest as well as the role that each of them plays can be helpful in attaining any number of different goals.
Being the Success
People in recovery will be looking to others to help them stay motivated. Being a motivation for someone else, even indirectly, can help further cement someone in a group setting. Not only can experiencing success establish a much-needed trust in others, but it can also instill confidence in someone looking to make a meaningful difference in another person’s life.
Trust, hope, and confidence are all factors of success, regardless of how each person defines it. Seeing success in motion—no matter how small it may seem—breeds success on a larger scale. Accomplishing group or personal goals are all motivational tools that empower the individual as well as the group and can create a chronicle of progress.
There will be peaks and dips through recovery: times when someone feels like they are accomplishing a lot and times when things seem much more difficult. However, each person experiencing and demonstrating progress for the rest of the group can keep everyone else motivated to press on.
Successes are to be championed and treasured. By sharing their stories with one another, individuals can help give goals a tangible possibility, and help others stay strong even through the most difficult of times. Seeing someone achieve success will motivate others to reach their own goals.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and any co-occurring disorders, Lighthouse Recovery can help you by addressing your unique struggles and phase of recovery. Each story is different, and Lighthouse takes a very personal approach with each patient in order to help them achieve their own goals in recovery. By empowering each person and group with the necessary coping and life skills needed on a day-to-day basis, Lighthouse creates a unique experience for everyone.