How to Guide: Using Your Addiction for the Greater Good

While you are in the midst of drug or alcohol addiction, sobriety can pose itself as the unachievable goal…

It can be near impossible to picture yourself without the substance you so eagerly crave right now. It can be near impossible to see how you could ever rebuild the life you once had. It can be near impossible to picture how you will get back your friends and family.

And, do you know what can seem even more impossible?

Finally, being able to give back to your community.

I know what you are thinking…

Give back? But, wait, you’re an addict. How will you ever be in a position to give back to your community?

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You don’t have millions of dollars. You don’t have your own business to just start giving homeless people jobs.

But, you do have one of the greatest gifts of all….

Your story. Your testimony. Your past.

Millions of people around the world are struggling with addiction each and every day. Oftentimes, they could really just use a helping hand. Someone who understands, someone who can offer valuable advice…

And someone who is actually credible.

Yes, of course, the doctors, nurses and program directors that aid in addiction recovery are very valuable, knowledgeable, and credible sources. However, for an addict, they still need to hear advice from someone who knows first-hand what they are experiencing.

Someone from the inside.

So, once you have taken the steps to overcoming addiction, how can you help others and give back to your community? These few simple ideas could turn your addiction around for the good.

Work harder and smarter.

When you become employed again, or even if you never lost your job, focus on being the best you can be and being 200 percent better than you were before.

Now that you have found a new take on life, focus your energy on improving your work ethic. At your new job, or just your revitalized same job, work hard to impress the boss. It will pay off not only emotionally but potentially monetarily, as well.

Lend a helping hand.

There was a time when you were the one in need – maybe of just advice or maybe even of food and water or shelter.

If you have a friend or know someone struggling, talk with them. See what you can do to help.

You could even join an addiction recovery support group

This will help you meet others like yourself and you can continuously work to encourage each other. You will be surprised how much of an impact you can really make.

Just remember, at one point you needed help – now, it is time to repay that debt.