You cannot go back and undo anything that happened in the past. Let the past stay where it is, in the past. However, you can learn to respect yourself as the person that you are today. Sure, you regret many of the actions you took while addicted. But, you can’t dwell on that. In order to start a new life, you have to forgive yourself for past mistakes.
“Let go of punishing yourself, and commit to doing things differently in the future. In other words, never let past wrongs define your present.”
You are not the person you were during your addiction. Forgive yourself and others will forgive you also as they see the new person you are. Learn to have self-esteem which you haven’t had in a long time and so deserve.
Overcoming the stigma of addiction is not easy, but with time and patience, it can be done.
Continue Aftercare Programs
You did not get here by yourself and you are not alone now. Continue your meetings with support groups. Attending meetings with others who are in recovery will encourage you to remain on your path of recovery. In these meetings, you will make friends who are going through the same trials as you. Some have been in recovery for years and some may be new to recovery just as you. The support and encouragement from others will go a long way in keeping you on the track of recovery.
You will discover new activities and hobbies that you will enjoy without the use of substances of abuse. Taking a long walk or going to lunch with a new friend can bring much enjoyment to your new life after addiction. You will be surprised at the activities that are much more enjoyable without the use of drugs or alcohol.