Whether you are new in recovery or struggling with many years under your belt, the best way to find hope in recovery is to surround yourself with other people who are in recovery themselves. Others who have made it through the darkness of addiction are living proof that a life in recovery, free from addiction, is possible. Try a 12-Step meeting, or commit to another kind of recovery fellowship.
Another way to reconnect with a sense of hope is through gratitude. Make a list of all the ways that you’ve already been granted grace by your Higher Power. The fact that you’re alive – and not dead from your addiction – might be the only thing on your list. But that alone is a miracle worth celebrating. Surely, you haven’t made it this far to only make it this far. What does your Higher Power have in store for you if you continue to walk the road to recovery?
Finally, if you can do nothing else, remember that HOPE stands for “Hold On, Pain Ends.” The reality is that cravings last seconds, the agony of withdrawal last days, and all the other pains of addiction can be overcome if you just hang on and push through them.
If you can find the strength to hang on, that flickering glimmer of hope will grow stronger by the day, until it’s a bold light of recovery, illuminating your whole life.