by Kevie Simon on Thursday, July 9th, 2015
When you see the word currency, what comes to mind? The first is likely financial currency, such as the American dollar or Euro. Another concept of currency frequency discussed in general society is time. Time is money, as the maxim says. Unknown to most, there are many categories of currency one spends every day.
Think with me for a minute: What are other ways in which you give yourself to people or activities? What aspects of your life become depleted over time? On these aspects, you are spending multiple types of currency. Emotional and intellectual energy are two examples of alternative types of currency. We all know those people who arrive home from work so exhausted intellectually, that they struggle to have a coherent conversation with family or friends is too difficult to attempt. Or, there are those who put so much of their heart and soul into their work, they have no emotional energy left to give at the end of the day. They become flat, emotionless, gone, or absent.
As you read this, you may be thinking of some of your own similar experiences with these two types of currency. After understanding this new concept of currency, try to think of other types of currency you spend on activities in your life.
Individuals in recovery from addiction tend to only spend typical types of currency on recovery: time and money. Many clients have asked me why they are not growing when they come to individual and group therapy. My first questions is how much time are you spending on recovery outside of therapy? When you spend time on recovery, whether groups, workbooks, or journaling, are you emotionally present? Or are you exhausted and simply going through the motions? The type and amount of currency you put into your recovery work has a direct correlation on the quality of your restorative journey.