As the snow begins to melt, the grasses begin to green, and the flowers start blooming; the season of spring brings about thoughts of life, rebirth, and renewal. As the darker, colder winter begins to fade into the brighter, warmer spring season, those suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) may find the metaphors of spring inspiring towards their journey in beginning treatment and healing.
The days are becoming longer and lighter, allowing us to harness this momentum from nature and start adopting “brighter” and more optimistic thoughts ourselves. As an individual considering treatment, it can be helpful to begin casting away those cold and negative thoughts you may have harbored during the more intense moments of your addiction and see the possibilities that await this spring. In sync with the season, you can allow yourself to experience your own “rebirth” and renewal by receiving treatment and beginning the recovery process. You may find the warmth and optimism surrounding this time of year as a helpful guide in keeping yourself in the right direction for a successful recovery. It can provide us with a fresh start and a time of awakening. Spring represents regeneration and is the perfect reminder that no matter how difficult our lives may get, there is a new season of rebirth just around the corner.
Mental and Emotional Renewal
As you start treatment and begin recovering, you may find that you are awakening from the numbness and cloudiness you may have experienced when struggling with substance abuse. You may find that your senses are becoming sharper as the world around you comes into clearer focus. As nature begins to stir to life, there is a rush of energy happening all around. With mindfulness- a practice often taught in substance abuse treatment- you can begin to feel that same energy of intention and growth within you. When personal insights start to arrive, the gloom of suffering from SUD can give way to bright, focused thoughts of recovery.
- As you begin to replace negative thoughts with more positive ones, focusing on the good in your life can help you take note of the things you should be thankful for. This spring, be more grateful by starting a gratitude journal. Write down something each day that you are grateful for, even the small things, and even on your most challenging days.
- With the renewing energy of the season, it can be a time of cleansing. Just as you might spring clean your house this season, rid yourself of those things that are toxic and that are not beneficial to you, and welcome in the good.
Just as the first blooming flowers are a harbinger of spring, entering into recovery can be a herald for personal renewal and regeneration. The arrival of this season can be a time to consider becoming more active. As the stillness of winter retreats and the liveliness of spring approaches, this is an opportunity to become more animated yourself. Once you begin treatment, maintaining your physical health is vital. When you become more active and energetic, your body releases endorphins, making you feel happier. With a little more warmth and sunshine, going for hikes, walks, or runs outside can be an excellent way to boost your mood and stay physically healthy.
Recovery can be a way to replace the life-limiting effects of addiction with meaningful and exciting activities. Spring is an opportune time to get out and pursue the vast array of options to pursue. With a new perspective, you can realize that there are many natural ways to experience happiness, fulfillment, and satisfaction. Getting outdoors and experiencing adventures are not only a great way to benefit your mentality, but they can strengthen you physically. Some examples of exciting experiences you can partake in this spring once you begin your journey to recovery can include:
- Rock climbing
- Wilderness retreats
- Mountain biking
Some powerful ways to focus on healing the body during recovery can also include:
- Nature walks
- Breathing techniques
As the weather starts getting nicer, you can find more fulfilling outdoor activities to explore during recovery. When you have been dealing with SUD for a long time, it can be easy to forget all the beauty around us and within us. As spring emerges, we can also arise from the darkness we may feel and step into the light. Springtime in recovery can serve as a perfect reminder that even in our darkest, coldest moments, we too can experience renewal, growth, and regeneration both mentally and physically.
During the winter months, when the days are short and the nights are long, it can be challenging to get into the right mindset to enter into recovery. However, as we approach spring, this season can be an inspiring metaphor for the possibility of healing, growth, and a fresh start in recovery. It is essential for those struggling with SUD to realize that just like spring lets go of the snow, entering into treatment does not mean you are losing anything, but rather, letting go of the things you no longer need. Entering into the abundance of a life in recovery can allow you to become an active participant in your life, and you no longer have to keep your suffering in the dark. Located in serene Hollywood hills, at Alta Centers, we encourage an active lifestyle in a healthy environment in order for you to continue pursuing your goals, dreams, and aspirations. Call us at (888) 202-2583.