Find and Accept Your Authentic Self


Living a life that is authentic can be extremely rewarding. In recovery, being authentic is crucial. Through being authentic we learn how to live in our sober world. We learn how our old method of living didn’t serve us. We learn how being true to yourself will reinforce the work that you are doing to have a fulfilling recovery. Why do you need to be authentic? How does being authentic create a solid foundation in recovery? Why is being authentic important? What steps can you take to remain authentic?

Be Authentic
What does the word authentic mean? Authentic refers to the moral, ethical and true values that create the foundation for your life. The elements that define your authentic self determine the choices you make and the emotions you feel. When your decisions come from a place of authenticity, they are not marred by manipulation, fear or negative emotions. Authentic decisions are based in your truth, what you believe in and what you stand for. When you stand in your authenticity, you are standing in a place of positive energy. If you are not authentic, your decisions are based in false ideas and in a place of negativity. Your motives are skewed and often self-serving. This is why we strive to remain authentic. How does this related to recovery?

Recovery Based In Authenticity
When recovery is based in authenticity, the chances for fulfillment and success are high. You are building a foundation set in stone, a foundation that will remain secure for a lifetime. A successful recovery consists of truth, honesty and reality. Being authentic provides you the motivation to live a life on purpose, a life heading in a positive direction. Through your recovery you will learn how to live a life of positive action. You will face your past, put to rest the negative, make amends and move forward. What steps can you take that will empower you to live a life of authenticity?

While in recovery, becoming authentic will allow you to see your life clearly. You will embrace emotions that you have kept numb. You will build relationships and repair relationships that are important to you. You will find purpose in your day-to-day activities. This does not happen overnight. The key is moderation and to take baby steps. To begin your authentic life, take a few moments each morning to become grounded. Upon waking up remind yourself that yesterday is the past, tomorrow isn’t here yet and all you have is this very moment. Say a word of thanks to your Higher Power that you are blessed with today.

Authentic Tip
Be still for a few minutes and concentrate on one thing that you are grateful for. Is there a person in your life that you are thankful for? Are you faced with an opportunity in your life that wasn’t there yesterday? Are you grateful for the sounds of the morning? Are you grateful that you woke up sober? Take the time to show your gratitude by saying a word of thanks. Taking these few moments each morning will create a grounded foundation to begin your day. When your recovery is properly grounded each morning, your day can be faced with the knowledge that you have all that you need to conquer the next 24 hours.

Living a life of authenticity will always serve you in a positive manner. Days will become weeks and months. Each day that you live in authenticity will continue to create the solid foundation that is necessary for a successful recovery. Begin each day in gratitude and end each day with a smile. You will be amazed at the growth that will occur and the hurdles you will overcome.  Each small stone of authenticity will become a solid wall to stand upon.

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life and Recovery Coach on Celebrity Rehab on VH1 and Author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the law of attraction to recover from any addiction. Please download your copy of Eliminate Limiting Beliefs, from Sherry’s, Enrich Your Life series.¬†Contact Sherry at for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages and speaking engagements. Join Sherry for Conscious Awakenings: Manifest Your Life Purpose Spring Tele-Summit 2011