What are some of the benefits of Sharing your Addiction and mental-health Related Story at iDiscuss365?
Sharing your story is the first step towards any form of healing and if you have healed through, your story could be a huge milestone in the healing process of another person going through the same or similar tragedy. Here at iDiscus365, we encourage friends and folks who have been affected either either mildly or severely by the scourge of addictions and mental health to find ground strength to share their experiences so as to make difference either in their lives or others.
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Today, I’d like to share a few benefits of sharing our experiences:
1) Sharing your story can tremendously help others: Stories can be very healing and many people benefit from getting the opportunity to pass on their wisdom to others. This can be especially powerful for people who do not always feel that they have the chance to help others. Resilience is strengthened by recognising that we are all experts in our own lives and we all have something to share with others. Another piece of this is starting to understand that words can have power—positive power—on others. This is two-fold, first, when you share your story, you release the burden of carrying this challenge all your life and let it into the world so others can provide real life solutions and let you know you are not alone. By sharing your story also, you come to meet with several like minded or like-affected members, who share their wisdom on how they managed to handle the problem. Secondly, when you share your story, someone facing the same exact issue may get relief, learning that they are not alone and this may challenge them to seek better positive remedies rather than nurturing negative thoughts such as suicide, or worse.
2). A reminder of your resolve: By sharing your story, you strengthen your resolve regarding how you’ve decided to handle your self through self-control, abstinence from any behaviour or actions that may tempt you back into addictive life style or mental disorders. Share your solutions to help others and to remind yourself who the “new” YOU has decided to be.
3.) Finding hope and peace: What’s the difference between someone who has achieved resilience and someone who has not? One important difference is a sense of well-being. People who have emboldened their resolve, shared their story, and reaffirmed their values often find a sense of peace and a hopefulness that they did not have before. This also comes from the knowledge that you’re sharing has become a blessing to another individual.
Sharing is extremely helpful and it is one of the ways by which we as humans can heal from our day to day challenges. Silence per se can create more problems in your life. Step out of the solitude and share!
This is very true! One point I might add is, Sharing a story eases and eventually alleviates loneliness: You slowly get the feel of being one with your group. You start with your family and close friends, and then you slowly open up to a larger crowd, like the church or a community gathering. Your loneliness slowly disappears, encouraged by the support that you are getting from the people you share your story with. You will know that you are not alone in this world.
Loneliness as you said above “Silence” only causes more sorrow, more negative thoughts, and adds insult to injury. Most people act unwise in such situations and end-up in worse situations or even dead. Sharing is indeed a life saver!
Also, when you share your experience, you do not have to relive that same awful experience. Granted, sometimes it may take a bit longer to actually recover, but assuredly, it gets easier and better to get back to normal day by day whenever we open-up and share our experiences, from which we get encouraged, counselled and supported. Thanks for this nice write-up Fred,
You’re most welcome Moderator and Pauline, I’m glad you find the information useful as well. I remember this scenario, where a best friend of mine James, had done something shameful with his life, that he tried to hide it from everyone around him. A few days with him, I could tell that he had a burden of some issues on his shoulders and he couldn’t act normal around me until I found out from another source what had happened. When I approached him with a non-judgement approach, he looked at me with a huge sigh, and said, “Oohhhh, you have no idea the burden I’ve been carrying, I feel much better now that you know”! This experience taught me that the burdens we bear in our day to day life are mostly heavier than they should be because we fail to share them with the right people at the right time. Sharing can relieve the pain of a shameful burden. We don’t have to carry it all alone day-after-day to our own detriment. Let’s share!