Core Values to Guide Recovery

When addiction took over your life, drugs or alcohol became the focus of your world. Everything you did was guided by your need. You may have stolen and lied, neglected your health, and sacrificed the goodwill of family and friends in order to feed your addiction.

What Are Core Values?

Core values represent your values to live by, making life more honest and fulfilling. There are many core values that you can use in everyday life; however, some are very important when it comes to leading a positive and successful life free of drama and negativity. Important core values include 

  • Integrity
  • Honesty 
  • Accountability
  • Diligence
  • Discipline
  • Perseverance

Accountability includes taking responsibility for your actions. Involved in this is the courage to say, “I am responsible for my actions,” rather than “You (or they) made me do it.” Other core values can include dependability, reliability, commitment, loyalty, consistency, open-mindedness, and spiritual belief of some kind. Examples of core values in mental health treatment may lead to thinking of the importance of family or the idea that honesty and integrity matter, even in the little things. Maintaining a healthy life and work balance might be the result of discovering your core values. Finding meaning in life can be the direct result of using core values to guide you every day.

You might find that you have a commitment to the environment, passion for technology, or enjoyment of doing good for others. These are the result of discovering your core values and putting them into action. The knowledge of what you have become is one of the difficult realities you must face when you begin the road to recovery. To heal and learn to live in sobriety, you must embrace values that will guide you through your new life. At Oak Forest Recovery, our integrated treatment is based on these core values:

  • Hope: To keep you going when circumstances beat you down.
  • Courage: To shore you up when difficulty and uncertainty block the way.
  • Willingness: To let you to risk the unknown so that you can learn and grow.
  • Integrity: To allow you to regain self-respect and self-love.
  • Spirituality: To acknowledge that you have worth in a greater plan than you can understand.
  • Service: To rebuild your connections with others.

Oak Forest Recovery Can Help You Discover Your Core Values

With the right core values, you can lose the negativity and gain a more positive outlook on life. If you are a young person 18 to 30 years old who is struggling to find meaning in life beyond addiction, call (805) 390-6647 to speak with a Oak Forest Recovery specialist.

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