By Dusty Lindemann
Anyone who has ever been addicted to a drink, smoke or a drug has a story to tell about someone they’ve hurt in the past. It could be a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor or someone you don’t even know. At some point in your recovery, you should take responsibility for the pain you may have inflicted on others or for the way you isolated yourself and lost touch with your peers.
Reconnect with people you’ve lost touch with. Often times when we have an addiction it overtakes other areas of our lives. This can lead to lost contact with old friends or relatives. Make a pact with yourself to call someone each week that you’ve lost touch with. If they seem hesitant to hear from you because they were aware of your addiction, explain that you’ve overcome it and you are working on improving your life. This is also a great technique to try when you are alone and feeling tempted. Hearing the joy in someone’s voice when they realize you are trying to make a positive change is a great impetus for staying clean.
This might be someone you were once very close with or even an old college buddy. Regardless of how much time has passed between conversations or contact, people are generally genuinely excited to hear from someone from their past. It’s also a great way to remind yourself of who you were before the addiction owned your life. This is a great method of reminding yourself of why people enjoyed your company before your addiction and it will likely inspire you to want to be a newer, better and stronger version of the person you were before.
Dusty Lindemann writes for SOBRIETY TV at www.sobriety.tv
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