Useful Recovery

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Useful Recovery


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Recovery tools are so helpful.  They make difficult jobs much easier.  There are tools I carry everywhere I go because they have so many features and help solve so many problems.  Do you have tools that are useful to your recovery?  Do you take them everywhere you go?

Be A Better Person


It is a common thing to hear people say, “I want to be a better person”.  When you press into this and ask why they want to be a better person it usually links to making up for pain they have caused, being good enough to measure up, and making the world a better place.  A strong recovery will be useful to the individual, their family and friends, and society.  It is good for people to try and be better and do better so that the world we live in today is better.  Utilitarian recovery is a useful working recovery.  It is good for the one and their neighbors.
Let’s play the “B” side on this.  What’s the point of recovery if it’s not useful to me, those I love, and my neighbors?  If recovery has no usefulness then I would say it is pointless.  Get high. Wouldn’t you?

Talk is Cheap


In the 12 Step tradition and various religious traditions you get an emphasis on service, doing good, and sharing the recovery message.  These acts of service are supposed to make right a wrong, bring some peace to a long standing conflict, and improve the world.  One of the great things about Millenials is their commitment to make the world better through volunteerism, service, and a cause.   They don’t just talk about doing good they actively work at it.  They choose to live out a passion for something they believe will make the world better.  In this respect they are implementing a utilitarian recovery.

How can you make your recovery useful?


Recognize that not every cause is worthy of your time.  You cannot serve everyone or every cause.  Be selective with your time, energy, and efforts.  As you engage in service you will notice that while you help others you are receiving help.  If you want to get better then you help others get better.  This is at the heart of leadership.

Focus Your Motivation


Many people report a desire to be better and do better but struggle to know where to take action or get involved.  Here are some questions to help you focus your motivational resources and make your recovery useful to you, your friends and family, and society in general.
What is your recovery story?
What types of people are in your story?
What do you want to save?
What do you want to improve?
What do you want to build?
What difference do you want to make?
What problem are you uniquely positioned to solve?
Who do you care about deeply?
Who have you hurt?
Where do you see pain and suffering around you?
What frustrates you consistently?
What cause do you talk about a lot?
When will it be too late to take action?
On what issue do you need to stop talking and take action?

Utility Tools


Two tools you cannot recover without are motivation and determination.  The questions you just answered help you understand what motivates your recovery and why you are determined to stay the course.  These tools are useful in a crisis, a tight spot, a long term strategy, and the day to day activities of life.  Make a commitment to a strong recovery and stay with it.

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Author: Todd Davis, PhD, MFT, LADC

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