As a trained professional in the field of substance-use recovery, a practicing recovery coach, and more importantly, a person in successful recovery from addiction for over 26 years, I have some knowledge to share and lots of hope for anyone who’s ready for change.
In last week’s Part 1 segment I shared my first 4 Pillars of recovery wellness. My experience helping people with substance abuse problems over these last 25 years has been an education and a personally rewarding pleasure to me. As mentioned previously, I have identified some core beliefs that I feel must be considered when beginning the process to to stop drinking and drugging, and more importantly STAY STOPPED. I’m continuing to share these basics in this article and hope that your mind is open to absorb the truth about alcoholism and addiction recovery.
Everyone I have counseled or coached over the years has had an equal opportunity to change their life from the ultimate despair, chaos, and negative consequences of addiction to a life of new possibilities, healthy relationships, personal accountability, and increasing self-esteem. Many-many have done so.
Remember I wrote that there is no “silver bullet” treatment center program that will suddenly and singularly stop addiction’s cycle of madness, but there is a 100% chance that what I have to share in its entirety, will work for anyone who applies it. My clients will tell you that being coached through the journey of recovery was the real solution for them in the end.
In the previous article I gave you the dictionary definition of “pillar”, and explained my thinking about a recovery structure, or a well constructed recovery foundation. Here again is the full list of the 8 pillars I refer to in this article’s title: emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational, and social.
Here are the final 4 Pillars of Recovery Wellness
Environmental wellness is related to the surroundings you occupy. This dimension of health connects your overall well-being to the health of your environment. Your environment, both your social and natural surroundings, can greatly impact how you feel and also how well your recovery routine works for you. It can be hard to feel good if you are surrounded by clutter and disorganization, or if you feel unsafe in your environment.
Recovery cannot flourish if you are surrounded by people who are actively using drugs or alcohol. Places where you once obtained drugs or establishments where you previously drank alcohol are unsafe environments for your continued recovery.
Financial wellness is a feeling of satisfaction about your financial situation and its future. Finances are a common stressor for people, so being able to minimize worry about this aspect of your life can enhance your overall wellness. Many newly recovering people face significant financial obstacles, these are consequences from substance-use behaviors. In recovery, action is the key.
There are many actions and solutions for managing financial wellness, but if you are like I was and many-many people I’ve worked with over the years, you may not have a clue as to how to make big changes or what financial wellness looks like. There are small steps to be taken at first. Step-by-step guidance is available to help achieve your goals. I dug my own hole for 18 years, believe me, if I found financial wellness – so can you!
Occupational wellness is a sense of satisfaction with your choice of work. Sometimes people in early stages of their recovery face frustrations in landing their dream jobs for sure, but just getting started and taking on the responsibility of working regularly even at a job that may not be your top choice, is a good first step to learning and practicing your new accountability. Occupational wellness also involves balancing work and leisure time, building relationships with coworkers, and managing workplace stress. An occupational wellness goal might include identifying work that is meaningful and financially rewarding that can be a next step.
Finding work that fits with your values, interests, and skills can help maintain occupational wellness. If you are currently employed, consider your office or workplace culture and determine how supported you feel; if you discover you feel a lack of support, seek out support from others close to you. The recovered life is a balanced life.
Social wellness is a sense of connectedness and belonging. The social dimension of health involves creating and maintaining a healthy support network. Building a healthy social dimension might involve asking a colleague or acquaintance out for lunch, spending time and forming friendships with other recovering people. Your social wellness gets a boost when you get involved with others in safe and enjoyable activities.
Set healthy boundaries with those around you, and learn to use good communication skills that are assertive rather than passive or aggressive, commit to being genuine and authentic with others, and treat everyone with respect, kindness, and empathy. In real recovery we practice putting out what we wish to receive and we don’t wait, we lead, never forgetting that we have our futures and the futures of our loved-ones as motivation to act.
There you have it:
The 8 pillars, or foundational structure, for building your sustainable recovery life. Sobriety is attainable and with it comes your opportunity for family renewal, inner-peace, and a life with attainable goals! I’ve structured the full recovery journey course to account for each individual participant, by addressing his or her own personal circumstances.
I hope this blog series gave you some insight, one of the beautiful effects of a blog, is that you must take a few moments to stop everything else and read it, which means you gift yourself a moment of contemplation – which is good and healing for the soul.
Return here soon for another article, I’ll have it posted for you next week. Meanwhile, read on through the rest of the page and make note of the resources below, navigate my website to the Resources Page for much more helpful information, including videos, recommended books, and recovery guided meditation recordings.
Another helpful resource on my website is the Free Substance-Abuse Self-Assessment, give it a try, there’s never a cost for it and I believe the questions produce an opportunity for powerful inner examination and considerations.
The solution to the problem that most likely landed you on this page is a simple one. However it requires a journey to reach full and sustainable recovery, one marked by some difficult twists and turns on the trail of self-discovery, honesty, and open-mindedness. The journey requires an experienced navigator, a guide that knows the landscape and the footholds along the way. The destination is what I call the “summit of recovery”, a place only reachable by a willing explorer with the appropriate tools and provisions for the journey.
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I will present more of what I know to be critical information for your consideration in the next blog. Stay tuned.
I’m working on the next blog right now, it will give you some tools you need – see you next week.
Be safe and care for one another.
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If you or someone you know exhibits withdrawal symptoms, psychological problems, or any signs of self-harming behavior, contact your medical professional, call 911, or reach out to SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)