More often than not, people who check in a rehab clinic are given a list of activities to choose from. What they might not realize is that they can continue to do those activities – and even take on some more – once they’re out of treatment. To be more precise, once you get your emotions under control and begin to get your life back on track, you could give something back by helping those who are struggling with alcohol addiction so that these recipients can pay it forward too.
Helping others fight alcoholism is rewarding
If you go about helping others correctly, then it means you can benefit just as much from your work as the person you’re helping. Well, by aiding someone resist temptation or cope with the chaos of early sobriety, you will walk away knowing you did something good. Can you think of a better way to boost your self-esteem?
Assisting others on their road to recovery is one method of dealing with character flaws such as selfishness and self-absorption. Anyone serious about maintaining his sobriety knows that egocentricity constitutes the stumbling block that actually prevents you from finding happiness in recovery. Therefore, because you’re focusing on other people and their problems, you’re shifting your attention away from an obsession with yourself.
Lending a hand or an ear willing to listen to those who are trying to rebuild the damage addiction brought in their lives can also act like a constant reminder of the pain alcohol brought into yours. By helping others pick up the pieces, you are constantly reminded of the misery and chaos you left behind. If people forget about the sorrow and despair of addiction, they are more likely to relapse.
At the same time, because you’re involved in an activity and constantly interact with other people, you shun boredom. Monotony represents a real danger for people who are struggling to stay on the straight and narrow path. Let’s not forget that boredom and alcohol abuse go hand in hand, meaning that in some cases people become addicts because they have too much free time on their hands.
Have the right attitude when helping others
It is necessary to mention that helping others is not always beneficial for the individual. At times, the helper can develop a narcissistic thinking or a messiah complex, where he believes that it is his destiny to save other people and hence, turn simple, selfless gestures into veritable crusades. Another noteworthy detrimental attitude is that of superiority, when you look down on the person you’re helping because you consider him/her inferior.
Once you develop these attitudes, your efforts will be of little help. If you truly want to lend a hand, then offer your help with humility and empathy. To put it simply, you must acknowledge that you have been the same as – or even worse than – the person you’re trying to help. Therefore, you must recognize that you’re not better or superior in any way. Everyone can hit a downturn in his life and for the time being, you are simply helping another man struggling with addiction to realize they’re on a different path.
Reminding them to pay it forward
We all know that one person’s effort is small but when you enlist the idea of paying it forward, you will create a ripple effect and enable continuity in the help rendered to needy individuals during their recovery. Let the person you are helping know that they can be part of a movement that would improve lives for people fighting alcoholism. If you want to get started right now, you can pay it forward by listening and giving helpful advice to some of our friends at our forum.