Research Shows the Many Physical and Mental Benefits You Can Get from Volunteering

Volunteering benefits during recoveryWhen it comes to addiction recovery, there are so many diverse approaches that can be taken. From medication to exercise, to faith-based support and experiential activities such as rock climbing, a person can discover so many wonderful ways to connect with others – and themselves – on a deeper level. A beautiful aspect of recovery that many find after they’ve been working diligently on their own journey to recovery is the concept of volunteering. Even faith-based, 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) emphasize the value of giving back to the community through service. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing benefits that volunteering can provide you with – both directly and indirectly.

In 2015, Forbes Magazine listed the following benefits of volunteering:

  • Provides people with the sense of having more time
  • Development of new skills
  • Builds empathy and strengthens relationships

In a brief review published by the Corporation for National & Community Service, it was emphasized the volunteering can lower rates of depression – something that many people in addiction recovery tackle on a daily basis. Greater life satisfaction means that individuals are likely to live longer; improved health outcomes can also increase a person’s self-esteem and confidence in their recovery. Through volunteering, many people in recovery find a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Addiction takes us away from everything that we need to live a happy and healthy life, but volunteering can help us to strengthen the spiritual aspects of ourselves and build stronger connections with people whom we otherwise wouldn’t have.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.