Faith and Addiction: Your Future Can Be Better
If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
-Thich Nhat Hanh-
Too often thoughts of the future can be fraught with anxiety for survivors who struggle with addiction. Faith is the ability to look to the future with hope connecting with a power greater than yourself, drawing strength from that power. As you work your way through the other 5 Strategies to Reclaim Hope you’ll be able to work toward Faith and the ability to plan for a healthy and healing future.
Healing and overcoming addiction takes time. Imagine planting a seed. You don’t expect to wake up the next morning with a full grown sunflower. You know that it takes time, nurturing, sunlight, and water. Your healing journey is the same way. Even though you can’t see the flower of your progress, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t budding roots.
One of the best indicators of Faith is the ability and desire to set goals. You can do this by writing a future vision statement. Take a minute to write down the things that you want to see for yourself physically, emotionally, spiritually, and in relationships. Think through each of the categories carefully and write down your goal in the present tense.
For example, you wouldn’t write “I will run every day.” Instead you’d write, “I run each morning.” The more specific you are the easier it will be to visualize and actualize in your everyday life.
How can you use Faith in your everyday life as you struggle with addiction? Every time you need to make the difficult choice of NOT indulging your addiction you can use your vision for your future as an anchor to keep you motivated. Stop for a second and say to yourself, “If I want this future, I need to make this choice today.” Having Faith in your future can be a powerful boost toward your recovery and healing.
Don’t be afraid to plan for the future in a positive way. Imagine the way you want your life to be, and do something every day, no matter how small, to move toward that goal. Through Faith you’ll be able to see the path you can take to healing.