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Follow your Values and Do the Right Thing

To understand and implement your personal values first you got to clearly define what your values are. President John F Kennedy said, “Stand for something or you will fall for anything.” So you got to make sure what are the things in my life that I stand for, what are your values? Are they honesty? Are they integrity? Are they healthy communication? Because if they are, every time you’re dishonest, every time you have no integrity, every time you communicate with passive aggressiveness, or with anger, you are living incongruent to your values. And what happens if we live incongruent to our values? That’s where a lot of stuff, frustration and guilt and shame, and lack of passion, and lack of motivation, lack of drive lives. When our values and our actions align that’s one of the strongest version of ourselves. And if you don’t know what your values are go online, look at values clarification exercises, identify your top 10 most important values, and then live by them. You’ll transform your experience. When you live by your values, if someone says my values is health and they’re eating crap and they’re sitting on a couch and they’re not moving, their values and their actions do not align. Therefore they’re going to feel bad about themselves. They might even go to the point of saying, “I don’t like myself, I hate myself.” But if someone says my values is health and they eat clean and they don’t consume crap on television and they go outside for an hour walk every day, all of a sudden they start to feel better and say, “I kind of like myself.” Values, actions, align them, it’s a positive thing.

Do the Right Thing when No One is Watching

This is very important because when we do the right thing when no one is watching, it creates this thing called integrity. Integrity for example, Integrity of furniture means it’s really strong and sturdy. Integrity of a human being allows them to not break despite of circumstances around them really really wanting to break them, despite of people around them, people, places and things really trying to break them. Integrity makes us stay whole and complete despite of circumstances. How do we develop our integrity? Do the right thing when no one’s watching. Do the right thing when no one’s watching, and that’s how we get to experience it. It’s a powerful, powerful thing. And in the early stages it’s easy to kind of do all the right things and say all the right things because you feel if the spotlight’s on and everyone’s watching and all that kind of stuff, but down the line when no one’s around who are you, and what are you doing, and how are you living your life?

Recovery is for Me

June 13th of 2008 is the day that I decided I can no longer live the way I’m living with drugs and alcohol, and I need to do something different for my life. At that time in my life, you got to understand this, I was pretty depressed. I was a 25 year old with no education, a 25 year old with no real job, a 25 year old that was struggling in all different aspects of life, no relationships, none of that stuff. And during that time my family was going through some stuff. My mom wasn’t feeling that well. She was diagnosed with some health conditions and I was just tired of hurting them, hurting mom and dad, and hurting all those people, and pretty much what I wanted to do was do it for my mom. I know in recovery there’s certain people that say if you don’t do it for yourself it doesn’t matter. I believe it’s okay in the beginning to do it for someone else but here’s the thing – that won’t work and it won’t sustain if that’s the only motivating factor. So eventually the goal of recovery is to go from being externally motivated which I was for my mom, to being internally motivated which is I’m here for myself. 

Call Buckeye Recovery Today!

Are you in recovery but not making progress? Recovery is not only possible but attainable, and it all begins with reaching out for assistance. By addressing both addiction and mental health issues, individuals can break free from the cycle of despair and embark on a path to a healthier, more fulfilling life. Contact Buckeye Recovery Network today and initiate your journey to recovery and improved mental health. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide and support you every step of the way.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.