“Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.”
— Jean Kilbourne
Did your addiction start like this? Did your loved one fall into despair because despair was already present?
It doesn’t have to be that way. It takes pain and progression to realize it, but life does not have to be empty.
You should and can recover, even if your life feels empty. Your life can be full. How and why is this possible? Here are just a few reasons.
You can make it better.
It’s not easy to wake up with a good attitude every day, especially when everything around you seems to push you down. However, you can choose to be happy despite it all. It’s true that sometimes you have to ‘fake it til’ you make it’. Even though it may not be genuine at first, in the end, you ‘make it’. You get there. You can be happy. Choose to be. You are in charge of how you react and how happy you choose to be.
This doesn’t mean your pain is unimportant or that your struggles aren’t real. There is no need to push it aside. It simply places the power back in your hands, the power to choose how you will try to see the world and react to it.
Others care for you.
Maybe you haven’t me them yet or do not realize that someone is worrying about you, but someone out there cares for you. One thing you can do to bring this support to the forefront of your life is to try and be a good friend yourself. If you find yourself alone, find someone else who may be feeling the same way and be there for them. When you care for others, you will find that they start caring for you too. It is reciprocal and beneficial for all parties involved.
Recovering will help you be stronger.
Recovery is so hard, but once you get through it you will be stronger. You can support others with addiction. You can go to interviews and tell of your experience and how strong and capable you are now. Even if your life is empty, you will not be. You will be a survivor. You will be powerful.
You can fill your life up.
You can choose to do something good everyday. You can choose to be strong, to be happy, and to recover.
Your life is only empty if you want it to be.
We can help you recover and fill your life with goodness at Annie’s House.