As struggling young adults move through the recovery process, one the most difficult elements of it becomes the “after.”
While in recovery, everyone is encouraged to set goals and look forward instead of back, but not everyone is confident that life will continue in a positive direction. Though treatment for young adults and teens is designed to prepare them for a strong future, most of them still wonder, “What will I do after recovery?” It can be a terrifying.
What can you do about it?
Red Mountain Sedona, a residential treatment center known for its individualized treatment programs, published an excellent article that addresses the fears and worries of those who are about to emerge from their treatment programs. In it, they succinctly connect how easy it is to turn an innocence of motivation into yet another addiction, where setting goals can become compulsory and feed what you are recovering from.
Within this article, they also make the point of stating that a person shouldn’t depend solely on motivation to achieve success. They suggest that struggling young adults instead try to use the many “facets of your personality that you have at your disposal” – and that’s a pretty valuable suggestion.
When setting goals after recovery, it’s not always about simply achieving your goal or finding one specific path to get there. In this case, the popular phrase “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey” comes to mind. With every step you take, you get stronger and wiser; and, if you can utilize your strengths and infuse passion into your actions, not only will you be empowered by your own strengths, but you can build on them, too. Personal values, talents, intelligence, street smarts, integrity, leadership skills or even the ability to communicate with others effectively – any of these can help you find your natural inner passion and accomplish great things!
Finding your inner passion is a positive way to motivate yourself naturally. It can help you achieve all the short-term and long-term goals you set for yourself and can help you plan a strong future. It’s important to remember, however, that your fears are still a valuable asset as well. You can use your fears as a positive force to engage yourself and work toward solutions, and they will help you build confidence as you overcome them.
Don’t struggle alone.
If you find yourself in a position where either you or a young adult you care about is struggling there is help out there. As a place for young adults and older teens to help re-build their lives after recovery, Red Mountain Sedona provides the ultimate in individualized care. No one should have to struggle alone. Red Mountain Sedona can help you strengthen and heal yourself, help you find your passion, and enable you to experience the strong, bright future you were meant to have.
Red Mountain Sedona is a place of healing and peace to help young adults escape the turmoil of sadness and addiction, or to merely help them recognize their own potential. To find out more, call us at (855) 266-7700.