Recovery from an addiction for many can be overwhelming. The thought of having to be admitted to a rehab feels awful. You think you’re so bad off, that you have to be sent to a place as far away and as all-consuming as the Gobi Desert. Still you make it to the rehab with your suitcase in hand, are greeted and admitted. You’re shown around and to your room where you meet your roommate. You don’t want a roommate, in fact, you want to go home.
Fast forward to a year from when you left treatment. You are now in an entirely new frame of mind. You have your regular meetings, a therapist, some new friends, a solid support system, and a job you like. Everything is going great, except you want to know when it will all be over. When you will feel free of an addiction.
Therapy is the hardest. While you feel uplifted in meetings, therapy pushes everything you’ve tried to keep hidden, both from yourself and others, out into the open. These feelings cause you pain, but you keep plugging away in therapy and learning new things about yourself.
You’re hit with some challenging and difficult times. You want to drink, but you don’t. You do what they say. It also helps being around like-minded individuals. You have a common goal and that feels good. Maybe because you function in a pattern within a tight timeframe, you’re not quite able to dream, but you’ll get there.
Dreaming can pull you out of a routine. When you stop following a routine, things appear differently, your perspective can change. You might feel the desire for greater opportunities in your life, but stop yourself because you think you’ll never be able to do that. Let’s say you are a woman knitting a sweater. You can’t wait until you’ve completed the sweater. You finish the sweater and feel you’ve accomplished something. You have, but you’ve been accomplishing it all along, with each stitch. Getting away from routine is knitting the sweater, being with the momentum and being in the moment.
In recovery, there’s merit in focussing on what’s in front of you. There’s also the benefits of dreaming. What is it we want, that we hope for in addition to our sobriety? Dreaming isn’t living in a fantasy world, it is about having some fun, about observing yourself in a different landscape.
“When I’m sad I tend to slide in to day dream and sing along whatever I hear on the radio.”
― Martin M. Stupak
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