Rather you are the one with an addiction or it is one of your family members, you are always looking for a way to make things easier. You are looking for ways to help them or help yourself – physically and emotionally.
One thing that people in the midst of addiction often forget is that they have the power to make a change and they can also use their negative situation to benefit someone else – for the good.
This is where volunteering comes in…
If you are the addict…
As someone recovering from an addiction, you will find that you need to do healthy things to keep your mind off of your previous habits and to avoid a relapse.
You will also find that you are not able to maintain most of the friendships you once had because they were unhealthy…
So, now you find yourself stuck looking for friends and looking for a way to keep yourself busy.
Well, getting involved in something positive is the best way to overcome this difficult time.
Find something local – in your community – that is both beneficial to the community and helps you feel like you are making a difference. Through this you can help yourself while also helping others. You will be making a difference in the life of those you are doing the volunteering for, but you will also keep yourself busy and potentially meet new friends through volunteering.
Another benefit is that you might have a chance to tell your story and truly help someone overcome what you, yourself are trying to overcome.
How awesome would it be to help save someone else from the trap of addiction?
There are several different volunteer organizations out there that serve a variety of different people. Find something you are interested in or passionate about and go make a difference in the world.
It will help you feel better and will also give you back some of the confidence you have been lacking for awhile now.
If you are the family…
Sometimes, as the family of an addict, you just want to find a way to help other addicts.
So, for you, the art of volunteering is a little bit more specific…
Volunteering is a great way to:
First, lead by example. You can use your act of volunteering to encourage your addicted love one to volunteer, too.
Secondly, it is a great way to get involved helping other addicts. You have seen first hand what it can do to people. Try to help other addicts too so no other families have to suffer.
Find out today how you can do your part in your community.