This week at South Orange County Detox and Treatment we are talking about vision. Gaining vision that encompasses clarity, determination, persistence, and hope is not easy task, especially for the suffering addict. Incidentally, the ability to create a vision for oneself in sobriety is integral and absolutely necessary for long-term recovery. We talk in the rooms a lot about taking things “one day at a time” and there is much value to this adage. Remaining present in the moment and learning to enjoy life in the here and now is also crucial to sobriety, and just because one has a vision for the future, that does not mean that ignoring one’s current emotional or mental state is any less relevant; they are two sides of the same coin. Being present gives us clarity to seek out and execute our vision while having a vision grants us the serenity to be able to be fully present in the moment. Having a vision of what we want our lives to look like outside of the realm of drugs and misery is foreign to us addicts while we are out running and gunning.
It is, however, invaluable to our recovery because order to be joyous, content, and connected we need to be driven by meaning and purpose. This purpose begins when we have clarity of our vision and sometimes that vision can be as simple as getting to know yourself, who you are, who you want to be, and what you need to do in order to attain it. C.G. Jung put it this way, “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside awakens.” In other words, we can look to lovers, money, power, gambling, cars, clothes, and anything else that temporarily satisfies our true needs, but if we really want to harvest a meaningful and fulfilling vision, we have to look inside ourselves, and to our higher power, rather than illegitimate sources that instill us with that faux and fleeting happiness. The clever and conniving traps of materialism, co-dependency, and power, while ostensibly different, will lead us right back to the horrific road we traveled in substance addition prior to getting sober.
Here at South Orange County Detox & Treatment, we spend a lot of time trying to support our client’s vision, and even more time trying to aid them in discovering what their particular vision is. There is no time better than today to start conceptualizing your vision and putting it into action. If drugs and alcohol are a barrier to the achievement of your vision and purpose, please don’t hesitate to call us where we can help you begin this journey today!