What is freedom? The word can quite simply be associated with being lifted from constraint. Yearning to recover, many addicts and alcoholics that are active in their addiction may long for this liberation, but they contemplate what this new freedom would look or feel like.
Addicts and alcoholics would love to visualize this clear-cut concrete image of a substance-free life, but it just does not seem like a viable option. Upon beginning the recovery process, they may start to operate differently and become open to the idea that a new way of life is in fact plausible. The individual in recovery may begin to see that the freedom exists beyond just abstaining from the alcohol and drugs. They may want freedom from other areas of life to which they were not aware were directing their thinking on how they orchestrated their own life.
Freedom from Fear
There are so many lies that addicts and alcoholics can feed themselves in their addiction, but in their recovery, the truth begins to unravel its way to the surface. Thinking becomes clearer and the truth more apparent. In some cases it was revealed that what was stored as resentment was truly uncovered to be a fear. Being able to look at these resentments and find more effective ways of dealing with problems provides the sufferer with a healthier, more effective way to function throughout their life. More mental freedom can be had that goes beyond any physical substance. To be relieved of overwhelming sensations, irrational fears, burdening guilt, and unresolved absolution is possible. Many addicts and alcoholics may enter a point in their recovery where they see this. They begin to move onto more in-depth inner workings on their character defects on a regular basis, as well as taking inventory routinely. This allows them to look at the day and see where they could have done better and not allow resentments to unnecessarily build up. Fear, doubt and insecurity are three main themes that can keep addicts turning to substance to temporarily solve their problems.
Freedom from Insecurity
Low self-esteem and a lack of confidence aren’t abnormal feelings for those suffering from addiction. The beginning of recovery can be particularly rocky because the addict may already feel uncomfortable in their skin and now they don’t have that crutch to be dependent on to get outside of themselves anymore. They have to find alternative, healthier coping skills to solve or alleviate their thinking problems. So for the addict or alcoholic to even fathom the idea of being free from a penetrating self-hatred and defying all thoughts that prevent them from living their deepest desires would be ludicrous. Little by little, if the individual stays committed to their recovery and focuses on bettering themselves, they may begin to positively change which in the long run will affect how they think of themselves. They may notice that they don’t have to be so hard on themselves anymore, realize they don’t have to be so perfect, and that that they can allow themselves to be authentic with others without the fear of judgement.
There’s so much more to recovery than just putting down the drink or drugs. Recovery means that the addict has begun the process of learning new ways to manage unhealthy thinking. The addict will always be recovering because a person can always continue to grow.