Entering into an alcohol rehabilitation program is no easy feat, and people who make the commitment to enter into a rehabilitation program should be commended for their courage and perseverance in the face of great difficulties. At base, seeking treatment requires a great deal of resilience and inner strength. Sometimes, however, it can feel like that inner strength just isn’t there. So how can we get in touch with our inner strength when we need it most during an alcohol rehabilitation program?
Summoning Inner Strength: A Basic Guide
Of course, everyone’s approach to and response to this question will be different. However, we’ll cover a couple different points and strategies related to tapping into one’s inner sense of strength:
- Consider how a role model might act
- Weigh in on your personal values
- Try to take a long-term view of the situation
Finding a Great Role Model
Firstly, an exercise that might help you while in recovery involves imagining how a role model of yours might cope with various situations that you’re presented with. For example, you might choose a historical figure who overcame great struggles to serve as your example.
You might also have a personal hero who overcame substance abuse issues to lead a more fulfilling life. Whoever you choose to emulate, try to imagine how your role model would deal with different problems that arise in the course of your rehabilitation program. When you’re faced with a tough decision, think of what kind of advice your role model would give you if they were standing in front of you. Exercises such as these can reveal deeper parts of your own character.
As the saying goes: “Fake it until you make it.” After a while, acting as your role model might act will become second nature to you. You’ll build up new personal qualities and reinforce commendable traits in your character. Most importantly, you’ll show yourself that you can get through any situation if you put your mind to it. That will help you build up more faith in your own abilities.
Setting the Standard
Secondly, try having a personal check in with your deepest values from time to time. Perhaps you place a high premium on personal courage. Maybe you feel that the process of setting and achieving goals is central to who you are as a person. Use these values as you make your way through treatment. Reward yourself for maintaining the values that you want to uphold. Don’t be hard on yourself if you fall short of your values from time to time: The important thing is keep trying until you succeed.
Reconnecting With the Self
During this process of self-realization, it is essential that you treat yourself as you would a close friend. When you’re feeling down, try to remind yourself of the long-term benefits of your rehabilitation program. Think about how much more approachable life’s problems will be when you use your new healthy coping mechanisms to manage them. Think about how your relationships with others will improve over the next several years.
The process of going through recovery is not always easy to deal with. You will experience times of great doubt. You may even question whether you are able to achieve your goals at all.
Forging New Connections
This is where your sense of inner strength will really come in handy. This is also why it is so important for you to practice getting in touch with that sense of inner strength on a regular basis.
For many people, activities related to mindfulness and meditation are great ways to connect with feelings of inner strength. Even if you’re only meditating for a few minutes per day, you can use this time to truly get in touch with how you’re feeling about various issues in your life. In turn, this process can allow you to process the difficult emotions that you’ll experience when pushing through each stage of recovery.
If you’re ready to make your next step towards a healthy and happy lifestyle, know that there are people who are here to help you in your journey. Get in touch with us today at 833-762-3739 if you’re ready to make a change. We are happy to talk with you about your vision for a better life!