Late Bloomers in Recovery

Never Too Late in Recovery

It is amazing what people can do when escape an addiction. Even low bottom addicts can completely turn their life around. Those who were once considered lost souls can become inspirational characters. It is never too late for people to give up their addiction and build a better life. The only thing that is holding them back is their substance abuse. People deserve second chances and they will get this if they become sober. Even those who have wasted decades in addiction can still make a success of their life – it really is never too late.

Late Bloomers Defined

A late bloomer is an individual whose talents and capabilities do not become obvious to other people until later than usual. These are often individuals who had a less than stellar early life but later went on to achieve great things. Some of them even wasted many years of their life caught up in an addiction, but they were able to sober up and do great things. A late bloomer does not necessarily mean that the individual will be famous or at the top of their field. Everyone will have their own definition of what success means.

Advantages to Being a Late Bloomer

There are some great advantages to finding success in life later on such as:

* The individual will already have a great deal of life experience behind them.
* There are many early bloomers who have to live without success in later life. It is arguably better to end life on a high.
* Those people who are successful later in life will be far less likely to let it go to their heads.
* It is common for early bloomers to become so overcome with their success that they fall into a life of alcohol or drug abuse. This may be less likely to happen with late bloomers.
* As people grow older they tend to develop new coping skills along the way. This means that when they find success they should already have a good idea about how to handle the challenges that arise in life.
* Late bloomers usually get to experience more in life. They have lived with success and without it.

Famous Late Bloomers

There have been many famous people who were late bloomers including:

* Stan Lee was in his forties when he created Spiderman.
* Frank McCourt did not publish his first book Angela’s Ashes unit he was 66 years old.
* Al Jarreau did not release his first Jazz album until he was in his thirties.
* Colonel Sanders started up his KFC franchise at age 65.
* Robert Duvall got his big acting break at age 40
* K.T. Oslin began her country music career when she was 47.
* Raymond Chandler did not publish his first book until he was 51 years old.
* Anthony Burgess began his writing career at age 39. He went on to write famous novels such as the Clockwork Orange.
* Joseph Conrad did not publish his first book until he was 37. He didn’t even start to learn English until he was 21, but went on to be one of the most successful writers in the English language.
* Oscar Gomer Swahn won an Olympic gold medal when he was 60 years old.
* Irishman Joshua Kearney Millner won his gold medal in the Olympics at age 61.
* Josh Hamilton battled with addiction before become a famous baseball player in his late twenties.

Second Chances in Recovery

One of the most wonderful things about becoming sober is it means that people get a second chance in life. Even if they have really messed up in the past they can get an almost clean slate and begin again. The years spent in addiction do not need to have been a waste if the individual is able to learn from them. Those who escape alcohol and drug abuse need to be strong, and they can later use this strength to achieve their dreams. It does not matter how many years people have wasted they can always get sober and get another chance at life

Humans tend to have aspirations for what they would like to achieve in life. Those who are trapped in addiction will usually give up on these dreams and instead settle for a life that produces diminishing returns. When people get sober they can once again put their minds towards achieving their dreams. Those who are determined will make these ambitions a reality. Working towards these goals can make life in sobriety truly wonderful.

How to Find Success in Recovery

Just giving up alcohol or drugs will not be enough to ensure that people find success in their recovery. All it really does is remove one of the main barriers that had been blocking their path to success. Now that the path is clear people will be able to take action to make their dreams a reality. Here are a few ideas for how people can find success in recovery:

* In order to find real success in life people in recovery will need to have a balanced approach. If they fail to do this then achieving their dreams could become an addiction substitute–.
* The most inspirational talk on achieving dreams was given by Randy Pausch. Anyone who has not watched the Last Lecture will likely benefit from doing so.
* Failure often goes hand in hand with finding success. The only real failure is when people give up on their dreams.
* It will be only possible for people in recovery to find real success if they remain sober. Any achievements that they manage while addicted will feel shallow and worthless.
* Success is about progress and not perfection. The path to any goal will have ups and downs.
* It is important that people do not make the goal itself their main concern. The journey towards the goal is where the real enjoyment in life is to be found.
* If people are prepared to settle for second best in recovery then this is what they are likely to end up with. Dreams and goals can be a vital part of sobriety.
* If people are closed minded and unwilling to learn new things they will struggle to find success in any area of life. It is best to always maintain a beginners mind.
* Success requires effort and people who are not willing to put in the necessary work are unlikely to achieve much.
* When people first become sober they will tend to have low self-esteem. Doing well in life and building self-esteem go hand in hand – one leads onto the other.
* People who become sober deserve a second chance. The individual should not allow their feelings of low self-worth to get in the way.

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