When 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.