Addiction recovery is often about finding activities that you’re passionate about – before, substances may have consumed your time but in recovery, you want to fill that time in with people, places, and projects that fuel your passion and improve your health and well-being. For some, these activities could include reading, taking on a new sport, going on adventures, learning to play an instrument, and more – for others, volunteering is an excellent way to not only increase your sense of purpose in the world, but much more. As emphasized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), volunteering can benefit you by:
- Helping you feel needed and valued
- Developing new skills or strengthening existing ones
- Receiving satisfaction from work completed
- Making a difference in others’ lives
- Feeling proud of your commitment
- Finding a place to utilize your talents and skills
Oftentimes, those who feel solid in their recovery and have worked hard for quite some time want to give back to their community and share some of the love and support they received while in treatment. In fact, many people who have recovered from substance abuse go on to be addiction and recovery counselors, peer support leaders, therapists, mental health and/or addiction recovery advocates, and much more.
People from all over the United States are acting in their communities to promote addiction recovery. For example, Newsday covered just last year a volunteer from an opiate-addiction support group in New York participated in a substance abuse awareness and education expo that featured booths and tables with resources and information for anyone seeking help. So many others are taking matters into their own hands by reaching out to addiction recovery treatment centers and volunteering their time, money, and efforts into building programs for those in their community.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to not only help others, but to help yourself as well. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from your treatment center to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the center or within your community. By helping a life, you’re saving a life – even if it’s your own.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.