Dwelling on the past can be detrimental to your recovery. This is because it can prevent you from moving forward and giving yourself the self-love and self-encouragement you need to endure the hard work of rehab. While it’s okay to learn from the past, you must also learn how to leave it behind and move toward a better, brighter, healthier future. These steps can help:
- Make amends. Now isn’t the time to dwell on what you did to others but how to work toward repairing these relationships or making amends.
- Seek support. If you find yourself having a hard time leaving the past in the past, talk with your pastor or addiction counselor or recovery peers.
- Build goals. Having both short- and long-term goals will help point you in the right direction, so you’re moving toward the future and you’re not stuck in the past.
- Practice gratitude. Having an attitude of gratitude also means feeling thankful about you — about how far you’ve come, where you are now, and how you are bettering your life. Being grateful can give you the fuel you need to move past the past.
- Forgive yourself. Letting go of the past often starts with forgiving yourself – for past actions and behaviors. Do your best to encourage and forgive yourself. For example, tell yourself things like, “I’m taking steps to get better,” or “I made mistakes but I’m making amends.” And remember, recovery is your chance to start fresh and become the person you’ve always wanted to become.
Moving Forward Toward Sobriety
At Christian Rehab Network, we can help you learn valuable life skills to build a fulfilling life of sobriety and reduce your risk of relapse. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call today: 877-310-9545.