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Women and Addiction Recovery Find Your Passion

Drug and alcohol addiction is more than the physical feeling of getting high, more than just drowning your emotions, more than making the world disappear for a while. It is also a huge consumer of a person’s time. A person who actually needs drug treatment is using up a great deal of time with their addiction activities. They cut out family time, compromise their work time, and choke of their healthy social time (only with other addicts). How does a woman with an addiction regain her life after so much time has been sucked away?

Life Passions Help With Drug Addiction Recovery

Find Your Passion For Drug Addiction Recovery

A recent article cites research suggesting that a key to women in recovery from drug addiction is to find a passion. This passion replaces the drug addiction, helping them turn their energies and attention toward something healthy.

The majority of women needing drug treatment have experienced years of abuse, neglect, and difficult relationships. This pain often leads them to alcohol and drugs, like a salve on their wounds. Of course, this nearly always causes more problems than it solves. The pain is so great these women will do whatever it takes to find relief, even if it’s risky and temporary.

A women with deep emotional wounds is all about survival. Surviving the next week, day, minute can be so difficult that they seek relief in the immediate moment. Future consequences are less important with this kind of perspective. If there is little else to drive their life forward, then immediate relief is what their life spins around. Thus, an addiction is born.

Daily Purpose Helps With Drug Addiction Recovery

People really need a general purpose in their life to keep going day to day. A passion or strong interest can help fuel that purpose. And the more deeply personal and identified a woman is with her passion, the more likely it will give her long-term fuel for living.

Here’s an example to explain this. Just yesterday, I caught an episode of Celebrity Rehab Sober House. One of the story lines was about Mary Carey turning back to her dance training as a passion. A ballet professional who had visited her during alcohol rehab last year really saw Mary’s spark of love for dance.

As of yesterday, she was again trying to connect Mary to dance, saying she might be able to help Mary find work as a ballet teacher for kids. Mary’s focus had been on strip club appearances and spending time with her not-so-nice boyfriend. If Mary could really tap into her love of dance, she stands a better chance of keeping her “engine” going in a healthy direction.

Drug Rehab Provides Environment For Self Discovery

Emotional pathways are key for helping women identify their risk for addiction, risk for relapse, and the road of recovery. Drug rehab can provide the peace, quiet, and guidance to rediscover these jewels of hope.

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