Giving Back: Why Giving is a Great Way to Receive

Giving Back: Why Giving is a Great Way to Receive

One of the easiest ways to give is financially, and it does not matter how much you give

When in recovery from addiction to drugs like Xanax, it is very easy to focus most of your attention on your own personal successes as well as your struggles. While you should be as self-aware and intentional as possible, as you move forward in your sobriety, it is selfish to only think of yourself. To truly heal and to live a balanced life, you must be generous. The best way to be generous is to give. There are many different ways you can give. One of which is volunteering. It not only is a way of giving your time but also your strengths and abilities. According to an article from Psychology Today, volunteering can give us a deep sense of happiness, which is also associated with longer and healthier lives.[1] When you volunteer, in many cases you actually can stay healthier longer.

Another resource from the National Institute of Health states that there is increasing evidence for the long-held idea that helping others provides a therapeutic benefit to the helper. Some of the mental health benefits of helping others have been well documented: mood improves, depression and anxiety decrease, self-esteem increases and purpose in life is enhanced. This is very important, as there is a strong connection between depression and relapse. When you are depressed, you are more likely to give into cravings, and you are also more likely to slip back into bad habits with substance abuse. The following are some other ways you can give as well as different benefits from each alternative:

Give to Others Financially

One of the easiest ways to give is financially. It does not matter how much you give. The key is that you give. This will help you establish an attitude of gratitude with your finances. Instead of your money being all about yourself and your needs, your money now focuses on something more. You can give to a cause that you want to support or even set aside an amount of money to give away each month to help others in need. Your mindset is key when giving financially. You don’t want to just write a check or have an amount automatically deducted from your bank account. Take the time to either compliment this approach with something else such as volunteering that is personal, or make your financial contribution something you do directly. You could buy the person behind you in line a cup of coffee or buy groceries for the person in front of you while you are in line. Buy a tank of gas for someone the next time you fill up. What is a small gesture to you can make a big difference to someone else.

Give the Gift of Your Time

As mentioned earlier, you can volunteer your time. To give and receive the most benefit possible, it is not just about minutes or hours spent; find a cause that is meaningful to you. This is emotionally rewarding and will provide a boost to your mental health. You will likely feel better physically as a result as well. If you do this on a regular basis, it also gives you something to look forward to.

Give Your Support and Encouragement to Others

One of the most important things in the world is the gift of hope. When you have hope, you can make it through tough times. Think about the important role hope has played in your support group. If you feel that you are mature enough in your sobriety apart from drugs like Xanax, perhaps now is a good time to consider becoming a sponsor so you can help someone else in their recovery. This is a great way to turn your negative experiences with addiction into something as positive as recovery for someone else.

When you give, you will find you want to do it more and that you are happier and more balanced when you give. It is hard to describe accurately in words what emotions you’ll feel when you give of your gifts and resources. You really just need to dive in. It might feel a little awkward at first, and you might not be sure that you have something to give to someone else. This is completely normal. You do have what it takes, and you can help others if you have a positive attitude. Be open to new experiences. Embrace any awkward feelings you have. Ask a friend or family member to help you, and this will help as well.

If you have any questions about what roles giving can play in your recovery from addiction to drugs like Xanax, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline. We have professional counselors available who will gladly answer all of your questions and provide you with the insight you need. Please call today.


 

[1] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-empathy-gap/201308/the-caring-cure-can-helping-others-help-yourself The Caring Cure: Can Helping Others Help Yourself? Konrath, Sara. Published August 29th, 2013.

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2727692/ Helping Others and Long-term Sobriety: Who Should I Help to Stay Sober? Pagano, Maria.

 

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