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Finding Purpose in Recovery from Addiction & Filling the Void

Many people who leave our inpatient detox center in PA  are excited but nervous to re-enter their normal life routine. While we do our best to prepare them for life outside of treatment, their journey to recovery is still just beginning.

One of the aspects of recovery that takes time is finding purpose in life after addiction. For many drug addicts and alcoholics, their substance abuse becomes the center of their life. Once they get sober, they are often left with a void that they struggle to fill. The best way to fill this gap is to find a new purpose in recovery.

How to Find Purpose in Life After Addiction

For many people, finding meaning and purpose in recovery is easier said than done. It can take some time to figure out what you are passionate about and to feel useful again. Especially if you are still working on standing on your own two feet and becoming independent after getting sober, finding purpose in recovery takes time. Although this will not happen overnight, these tips may be able to help speed up the process.

Try New Things

Because your addiction was an overwhelming part of your life, you may now be left with a lot of free time in sobriety. Filling this free time with a new hobby can help you find purpose in recovery. Try several different activities until you find something that you are passionate about. You never know what will stick, and you new hobby could give your life greater meaning than you ever imagined was possible when you were still an addict.

Change Careers

For many people, their work gives them a sense of purpose. If you hate your job, you are likely missing out on this feeling. Now may be a good time to take steps to change your career to something that you are more passionate about. When you can do something you enjoy, you will likely find that your life has more meaning.

Talk to Peers

If you are struggling to know how to find your purpose in recovery, you are not alone. Many people in addiction recovery are currently going through or have been through the same thing. Reach out to the people from your meth treatment program and see what they are doing that gives their lives meaning. They may give you ideas that you never considered.


Finding purpose in recovery may be as simple as volunteering. Volunteering for a good cause is not only good for your community, but also helps people feel good about themselves. Helping others can also make people feel useful. If you find a volunteer opportunity that you are passionate about, you will likely feel a newfound sense of purpose.

At our drug rehab in Pennsylvania, we do our best to prepare people for life outside of rehab, but sobriety is a lifelong journey. A full recovery takes time, effort, and support, and we want to be there for you every step of way, including after your treatment with us is over.

If you are looking for help to begin your journey to sobriety or have stumbled along the way and are looking to get back on track, call us now at 570-536-9621. At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we are here to help.

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