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How to Imagine a Better Future

If you have been struggling with addiction for a while, you may have gotten used to things being being bad. Maybe your job or your family life has suffered. You might feel like you’re living from dose to dose. The prospect of detox and treatment may be daunting, to say nothing of a long recovery. You may wonder why you should even bother. Life can get better though, maybe even better than it was before addiction. Here are some ways to help you imagine a better future.

Remember what life was like before. Even if life wasn’t great before addiction, it was probably better. You probably had a bit more money and a few more friends. There were things you enjoyed that weren’t related to drugs and drinking. It probably wasn’t exactly the life you wanted and it did lead to addiction. It will require some improvements, but it was a time when addiction didn’t control your life. That was you. If you lived that life before, you can live it again and live it better.

Talk to recovering addicts. You aren’t the first person to go down this road, not even close. Talk to as many recovering addicts as you can. Listen to their stories at meetings. It might be that none of them will appear to be living the life you want to live, but all of them will tell you they used to be in bad shape–maybe worse than you–and now their lives are better and they are happier. If they can do it, you can too.

Set goals for yourself. If you want, you can spend a little time daydreaming about a perfect future. It might give you some inspiration, but you can’t do it all at once. You generally know what direction you want to go–toward recovery. Set small goals to get you moving in that direction. At first, set the smallest possible goals and make the smallest possible commitments. You could set a goal of Googling recovery centers. Your goal for the entire day might be to look at three centers online. As these small successes accumulate, you can start to imagine bigger wins. Your goals today may be small, but in a year, your goal might be to get that job you always wanted.

You don’t have to know what your perfect life looks like. You just have to believe a better life is possible and try to make today better than yesterday. Gardens Wellness Center can help. We offer detox, counseling, and group therapy. You will leave here knowing more is possible. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at