Seek a Therapy for Exploration of Self
Most people don’t realize that there are many types of therapy that will work well for those seeking recovery from addiction and a better understanding of self. A twelve-step program is one of the first types of therapies that come to mind. While this might be a good foundation for most, coupling this kind of program with other types of therapies might open doors to self-discovery that would otherwise never be found. Wilderness therapy promotes self-discovery by introducing you to a natural environment with the help of a therapist who specializes in providing a safe and supportive environment through teaching invaluable skills of survival in a rugged terrain. It can be a beneficial experience for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of self by introducing them to a primitive environment. Getting back to the basis in order to rebuild oneself in modern life is one way of looking at this type of nature driven therapy.
Understand What Drives You
While you’re exploring different types of therapies in order to find one that works best for you, it’s important to always look within to seek what fuels you in life. This can come in the form of a passion, either in the arts or through intellectual pursuits or even humanitarian movements. It’s really up to you to find that motivation in life that beckons you to always seek out ways to be your better self and express your love of life in a healthy manner. Some people turn to hobbies for a creative outlet, such as writing their thoughts out in journals or through painting their feelings on a canvas. Others might find personal satisfaction in math and science or by performing duties to help others. Finding a passion that speaks to you on a personal level and setting time aside to pursue it will only help, not hinder you, in your journey of self-discovery.
Art therapy seems to be a recurring theme for those who are exploring paths on their journey of self-discovery. As mentioned before, it is important to have a passion but it is also important to understand the “why” behind self-examination. When you write in your personal journal every day, should you choose to keep one, it chronicles the thoughts you had at that moment in time. When you are further down your path of self-discovery and take a look back at the words you’ve written (should you choose to do so), you will have a sort of road map that shows you where you began compared to where you are then. Having this ability to look at how you thought and felt in the past versus what you think and feel in the future will be an empowering thing to have since you will see all of the personal improvements you made by overcoming struggles of the past.
Research Paths Others Have Taken
There are numerous resources to be found online and offline that retell the struggles of addicts and their personal journeys to recovery from addiction. While most of these stories, either in book or blog form, do include seeking a therapy of some kind tailored to their specific addiction, most of their journeys to self-discovery can be applied to any recovering addict’s own situation. By reading the words or watching documentaries on the lives of other addicts, you can gain a sense of inspiration from their stories while you’re creating your own. It’s motivating to see these types of heartfelt retellings since they are constant reminders that you are not alone in your personal journey.
Forge Your Own Path
Once you’ve spent time with your therapies and personal record keeping, take the time to look back and see how much you have accomplished along the way. Realize that the journey of self-discovery is not something that should have a clear and defined end since we as humans are always trying to seek out ways to better ourselves in our daily lives. Your path is your own and the way you conquer it will be entirely made for you.
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