Volunteering is a fantastic way to support your recovery from addiction. After completing an intensive program of addiction treatment you may feel energized and ready to take on the world. It could also be that you feel lost and unsure what to do next. Many people find themselves without purpose post-rehab. For a long time your reason for getting up each day was to get high or drunk. Now you need a new purpose. For this and many other reasons, you should consider devoting some of your time to volunteer work.
Being a recovering addict can come with a lot of baggage, including plenty of remorse, guilt, and shame. You likely worked on getting past those feelings while in rehab, but they have a tendency to linger. During your struggle with addiction, you were selfish and self-absorbed. Now is your time to give back, help others, and be selfless. Volunteer work can be a great way to alleviate those negative feelings of remorse, shame, and guilt while giving you a sense of confidence and achievement.