If you’re like me, you have overcome hell and feel the NEED to help others do the same. You want to turn your mess into a message but have no clue how to do that.
Being A Survivor
When you have had a bad past such as addiction, abuse, homelessness, trauma, mental illness, and so on. You think that there is no way out.
Yet, you were able to rise when many other people don’t. That makes you a survivor, an overcomer, and a straight-up badass.
Share The Knowledge
Obviously, you found the way to make it out of that hell.
How did you do it?
What did you do those others couldn’t?
What was different?
This is your chance to help others do the same. You have knowledge, failures, and lessons you learned hat you want to share with others.
Truthfully, being at rock bottom sucks and you feel hopeless. You know without a doubt that you don’t want anyone else to ever feel that way. To feel as hopeless, lost, stuck, and broken as you were.
This is often why you will find yourself wanting to help others when you’ve been able to overcome your addiction, struggles, and trauma that came with it.
Plus, it can be a kind of therapy for you as well. It’s a way for you to give back, to have something to focus on and feel good about.
How do I even begin?
At first, it can be hard. To know how you’re going to give back.
You want to help others but you aren’t sure how you are going to make a difference.
Don’t stress out or feel worthless. Don’t put to much pressure on yourself.
So what do you do?
How do you make that first step?
Maybe you feel as if you’re ready to try and help other people, but you have no idea how. Or you’re scared to get started and feel vulnerable all over again. However, you don’t have to be scared.
Take it one step at a time and see which way is best for you to help. Perhaps you will find multiple ways to turn your mess into a message.
Still not sure? Here is how you do it.
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Here are 8 ways to turn your mess into a message
1. Know What Helped You
First of all, it might help you to think about what helped you when you were in that situation.
As you may know, there is a range of ways such as https://www.transitionsrecovery.com/how-to-help-someone-with-addiction that advises people on how to help addicts they love.
As for you, think about your triggers and how you felt at that stage of your life. What helped you?
Was it anyone’s actions or was it something someone said?
Or was it something that happened that got you to really think about changing your life for the better?
You will find that this information can help you to help other people take the plunge into recovery.
Then, you also need to make yourself available to just listen. Simply, listen.
Maybe there are people around you that could benefit from your help.but, do NOT be a holy roller. You cannot force your opinion on them or try to persuade them to do something that they do not want to.
However, you can listen. You can be there, and you can support them by being a friend and the first person in a support system that they otherwise do not have.
Think about it. When you were in active addiction, how many sober people were willing to just sit with you and let you rant and unload all of your problems? Without criticizing you or telling you that you need to get your shit together or that actually understood what you were going through?
My guess is no one.
You can be that person for someone. For someone who really truly needs it.
3. Tell Your Story
As painful as it may feel at first, you can share your story. Talking does help but, when others hear your story, it can ignite a spark. They may be inclined to do something and take action themselves.
Listening is always the first step, but speaking from experience and showing how you have changed your life is always more effective.
Next, you might like to think about volunteering in your community.
If you really want to be able to use your past and your experiences for good, then you could look at something like https://www.teenchallengeusa.com/how-to-help/volunteer. Here, you will be able to volunteer your time to helping others in the right environment, and hopefully change their lives too.
You can find local homeless shelters or safe havens to contribute too. I know when I was in a homeless shelter, there was a group of women who came in every Sunday and brought us all a home cooked meal and dessert. If was amazing and something that I haven’t had in a long time.
I was grateful for that. It’s the little things that count and it really does make a difference.
5. Get Training
Many people in long-term recovery move on to help others in addiction. There are multiple ways to turn your mess into a message and make it your career.
To help professionally and make a difference in people’s lives? What? Sounds pretty damn awesome.
If this sounds like something you would like to do then there are many training programs and schooling available.
You could train with something like https://www.geteducated.com/career-center/detail/substance-abuse-and-drug-addiction-counselor to become a substance abuse counselor. Similar but a bit different is a recovery coach or becoming a mentor.
Getting formal training can help you to help others by using your personal knowledge and experience.
6. Public Speaking
One thing that I have dabbled in and plan to do more of in the near future is public speaking.
Public speaking is all about sharing your experience, strength, and hope. The cool thing is that you get to be yourself and tell it your way which is the best way.
You can also make a meaningful career out of speaking to others about overcoming your past. Not to mention, you can make a lot of money doing it. It doesn’t matter what your criminal record is or your education level.
In my opinion, it’s one of the best ways to turn your mess into a message. Two of my absolute favorite speakers are Chris Stewart and Jessica Rasdall. Chris is a recovering addict and Jessica is a convicted felon who was not an addict.
Both had different stories and different pasts but, found ways to turn their mess into a message. Jessica actually offers a group coaching program for speaking. You can check it out by clicking right here.
7. Start A Business
At the moment, I am a blogger. Soon to be, speaker. Working on continuing my education in the recovery industry and the ultimate goal is to open a series of sober living home and I will succeed. I just know it.
I know from experience that you can use all of these 8 ways to turn your mess into a message. It is a great feeling. Doing what you know best and knowing that you are helping someone have a kick-ass life when they thought that their life was done.
If you love helping others and are just doing it as a hobby but want more. Then it’s time for you to think about starting your own business.
Money is always a factor but trust me, there is help out there. Even though, start small and grow bigger. Maybe you can create your own non-profit that helps people in your own community and then expand.
The possibilities are out there. You just got to go for it.
And then finally, you may even want to start your own blog. There is a really great recovery blog out there called Unjunkiefied, lol. Sorry, shameless self-promotion.
Writing can be therapeutic, but your words and information can also be so inspiring to others. It’s even helpful for people who aren’t addicts. A mother of an addict may read what you wrote and know what she has to do to help her addict son. You just never know who you might help.
If you don’t want to start your own blog because trust me, it is WAY more work than you could even imagine the, there are other options.
For example, you could write articles for other people’s blogs or for authority websites. Become the next great addiction recovery author.
Or write your own addiction memoir. People love reading about other people’s pain. It’s sick and twisted but it’s true. Addiction memoirs are best sellers. Why not write your own?
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Turning Your Mess Into A Message
Finding ways to turn your mess into a message is an extremely valuable part of addiction recovery. It’s all about giving back, helping others, and paying it forward.
You see, addiction was a job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You know that. It
While 12 step programs aren’t my thing. I don’t believe you have to do that shit to stay sober. I do believe that your recovery becomes a way of life but it’s automatic. You don’t have to go to meetings every day. You can help somebody that was in the position you were once in.
You can live your life to the fullest. A sober life that is amazing. A life where you do more than just get by. You thrive. That is soberbadassery.
It’s My Choice
Turning your mess into a message is something that I love to do as a woman who has overcome the hell of heroin addiction, homelessness, poverty, abuse, pain, and all that other stuff. I will help whoever and whenever I can if someone is in that situation. It is a meaningful and fulfilling career.
I made it a career because that is something I love. It’s something I strongly believe in. So why not get paid to do it? Then, I enjoy every aspect of my sober life including my job. Especially, when as a recovering addict and convicted felon, I never thought I’d amount to anything.
Why not do the same? Turn your mess into a message and help someone else experience a life of sober badassery as you have. Trust me, it’s worth it.
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