by Restorations Therapy Center on Saturday, July 11th, 2020
Addiction can often feel like it takes over a person’s life and identity. Alcohol and drugs begin to seep their way into all facets of that person’s life, both professionally and personally. A large part of the recovery process comes when the person decides to reclaim their identity outside of alcohol and drugs, exploring who they are and who they will be as they regain more and more control over their addictions and set forth towards their own goals.
Bottling up one’s emotions and feelings is common in addiction. As a result, many people are left without outlets that allow them to process their feelings or cannot even express themselves in general. Art therapy can be a great place to start with its freeform manner of expression, but there are also many other ways to express one’s self. Even choosing a certain hairstyle or an article of clothing is an expression of who someone is.
While it can be an affinity to a certain color, it can also be paraphernalia for someone’s favorite movie, sports team, or even thematic interests. There is meaning behind how we all choose to express ourselves. In recovery, it can be empowering to not only express that someone is a Red Sox fan in New York but also to regain that part of their identity for themselves.
Recovery can also cause someone to want to change who they are, or where they want to go in life — and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Recovery is a time of change, and allowing someone to pursue a pent-up interest of theirs can be wholly beneficial to their recovery and their life as a whole.
If someone used to enjoy all kinds of movies, perhaps they can create a short film of their own. If they have always been city dwellers, maybe it’s time to consider living in a place surrounded by nature. This is a great time to finally learn a skill that they’d always wanted to try, or chase a dream that they always thought was too impossible.
Finding out who someone is outside of addiction is empowering — just as empowering as discovering who someone wants to be in the future, as they follow their own goals and dreams. When a person is unable to express their own identity, it can be a major roadblock in recovery. Denying the expression of one’s self can hinder their recovery as well. That is why it’s best to find a way to be one’s true self, both inside recovery and out.
For those who are looking to find a safe space to express themselves while navigating their recovery journey, contact Restorations Therapy today. Each person is unique in their own goals and paths to recovery, and we are here to instill a sense of self and teach the skills needed in order to make a holistic, lasting recovery. To learn more about how Restorations Therapy can help you or a loved one, call us today at (720) 446-6585.