Everyone has something that is important in their life, something they are motivated about. Everyone has values and goals, although they may not be voiced, written or even acknowledged (Miller, & Rollnick, 2002). Now that you’ve stopped using, your mind will become clear enough to allow you to find and define your core values; what is most important to you. Then you can explore and understand how drinking and using are in conflict with your core values and life goals.
You can build and strengthen your own motivation and create the inner resources to sustain change. Values are often contrasted with material things and can mean different things to people. Some view values as beliefs that relate to religion, a higher power or a universal connection to all living things. Some people view discussions about values as a waste of time.
What is a value-driven life? Simply put, it is a life that is lived on the basis of a consistent set of beliefs that advances the pursuit of worthwhile goals. The set of values chosen determines the person’s purpose in life. Ultimately, your values and personal beliefs determine your behavior, and that includes whether or not you choose to abuse alcohol and drugs. Values are concerned with the long-term direction of your life. Attaining a specific goal is not as important as maintaining a continuing commitment to stay pointed in the right direction.