What Does ‘The Hero’s Journey’ Have to Do with Recovery?

The world is not always going to make sense, but one thing that can help is finding people who support your journey in recovery from addiction. It helps you make sense of the world when you feel supported by others who understand the experience, listen to your story, and help you navigate the journey in your own way. When you consider what type of experience you want to have, think about tapping into ancient wisdom in the form of mindfulness and how that can help you bridge the gap in your recovery journey.

What is Hero’s Journey

Joseph Campbell wrote about The Hero’s Journey as a call to seek a life that forces you to take yourself out of where you are and face your circumstances head on. This means leaving behind comfort, what you have known, and letting go of everything you have done in the past. Fears can stop you from embracing this journey, so you step back into what’s comfortable. This may be settling for addiction to numb the pain rather than face it head on. Having tools to cope with this experience can help you navigate the journey better, more like the hero of your soustory. Your personal journey through addiction recovery is about letting go of what holds you back to have the life that is meant for you. This may come in the form of self-actualization, embracing the influence of spirituality on your journey, or myriad other ways to accept a new way of living your personal truth.

Myth and Story

One of the main components of a Hero’s Journey deals with finding meaning in life. When you seek to feel alive by using substances, you are putting a false narrative into your story that you need those drugs or substances to help you cope. Ancient myths and stories have been lost over time that help people think about their place in history, the present, and the future. Hero’s Journey is about recovering the story that is your life and piecing it together in recovery so you can live out a different purpose, a more meaningful existence, without using drugs or alcohol. An anodyne lifestyle is one where people avoid pain and seek pleasure through instant gratification. Letting go of this way of living can help you embrace the life you’re meant to have.

Embrace Your Journey

The singer Mariah Carey sang a song about a hero early in her career. The point of her song is that a hero lies within each one of us. Each individual person has the power and ability to take control of their lives, their journey, their story, and become their own hero. This is not to say others will not join the journey. Community, recovery groups, and others are important for the journey but nobody can begin or maintain the journey without first deciding to stay the course every single day you wake up. You may face your ordeal with fear, but you don’t have to stay there. You can learn how to let go and embrace the hero’s journey in recovery by letting go of denial and admitting the need for help. This is just the beginning of becoming the hero of your own story.

The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. We help you navigate a hero’s journey in our program. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.