Substance and alcohol abuse totals nearly half a trillion dollars in lost money each and every year. And though crime and medical costs naturally effect people on massive scales, it’s the emotional toll it takes on friends, families and loved ones that truly impacts our lives.
At the NRH, we’re passionate about preventing or eliminating substance abuse or physical forever; however, we can’t do it alone. With your help, we can impact more lives and do more good in the world for people everywhere.
Volunteering Your Support
As you well know, drug and alcohol abuse affect a great many things, including family life, public safety, and even the economy. And while prevention and treatment do work, it takes the help of volunteers to provide continuous support both in the office and out in the world.
Give Yourself Purpose
If you were an addict you know exactly how difficult it can be to stay on the path of personal success; you also know what it means to carry around guilt, shame and the feeling like you could do more with your life. Well, this is your chance.
When you volunteer to help others through rehab, in group sessions, or even one-on-one, you’re giving back to a community that has helped you reached your current success. Volunteering can help quell those feelings of selfishness you experienced as an addict yourself, and it can help mitigate any negative feelings you have today. Think of it as a way to repay a debt that you own yourself and those around you.
When you make a difference in the life of someone who needs you, you’re building confidence in both yourself and the person you’re trying to help. It also helps to ensure that you’re less tempted to relapse, yourself.
Positive Social Momentum
When you enter recover you’re taught to leave behind negative friends and relationships that played a part in your current situation. Upon leaving a treatment facility or counseling session, it’s then suggested you join a positive group or community to help you get moving in the right direction. By expanding your network to include others that need help, you’re meeting and influencing more like-minded people to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.
As a Recovering Addict, Should I Work with Addicts?
The short answer is yes, you should work with people just like yourself, but only if you have the strength and fortitude to carry your own emotional burdens and those of another. It can be difficult to deal with your own uphill battle while dragging someone along with you. We suggest that you ease into helping others whenever you feel the time is right, and even then we would caution to keep track of your own thoughts and feelings until you’re 100% confident you won’t relapse or backtrack in your own health.