Research shows that people who feel as though they have a purpose in life live longer than those who don’t. Of course, finding purpose and figuring out the meaning of your life is often easier said than done.

Are you having a hard time finding yourself? Do you feel lost or unsure of the meaning of life? If so, the way you’re living could be the problem.

Listed below are some signs that you might not be living aligned with your purpose. You’ll also get some insight into what you can do to figure out what your purpose is.

1. Numbing the Senses with Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is a common issue among people who feel purposeless. You may find that you’re turning to drugs and alcohol to help numb yourself.

When you’re numb, you don’t have to think about the fact that you’re not living in alignment with your purpose, nor do you have to think about the fact that you don’t have a purpose at all. 

2. Feeling Depressed

Depression is also common. Do you find yourself feeling sad, hopeless, or fatigued on a regular basis? Do you lack the motivation to do anything, even things you once enjoyed? 

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you may be suffering from depression, just like 7.1 percent of adults in the U.S. It’s not easy to overcome depression, but acknowledging that you’re experiencing it is the first step.

3. Isolating Yourself

Isolation often goes hand in hand with depression and substance abuse.

You may refuse to spend time with others because you can’t muster up the energy to go out and socialize. Or, you may avoid being with other people because you might feel shame or guilt about your substance abuse (or they may prevent you from consuming your drug of choice).

4. Never Being Alone

Too much isolation can be a problem. However, never being alone can be a problem as well.

If you find that you’re afraid to be alone or that the idea of not being surrounded by people upsets you, that can be a red flag. You might be using other people as an excuse not to examine your life and your habits. 

5. Nihilism

A sense of nihilism is common among people who lack a sense of purpose or who aren’t living in alignment with that purpose. Nihilism is based on the belief that life is meaningless.

If you feel as though life is meaningless, why would you put time and effort into trying to make changes or work toward your purpose? This is a dangerous belief system that can hold you back from reaching your true potential.

6. Stagnation

Often, when you’re life isn’t aligned with your purpose, you might find yourself stagnant. You might not be doing anything “bad” necessarily, but you also aren’t doing anything good or productive. You’re just coasting.

Maybe you’re not working, or maybe you’re working at a dead-end job and going through the motions. Maybe you’re doing the same thing every day expecting a different result. Whatever stagnation looks like for you, it’ll never help you get closer to finding and living in alignment with your greater purpose.

7. Obsession with the Wrong Things

You could also be out of alignment with your purpose if you’re spending too much time obsessing over the wrong things.

If you obsess over money, power, or status, your life might look great from the outside. On the inside, though, you might be experiencing chronic stress, depression, or anxiety.

If you’re waiting for money and power alone to bring you happiness and fulfillment, you’re going to be waiting a long time.

Tips for Finding Your Life Purpose

Are you experiencing any (or even all) of the symptoms listed above? If so, it’s going to be difficult, if not impossible, for you to figure out your life purpose. 

To overcome these feelings and start living a more meaningful life, start following these steps today:

Seek Help

Start by seeking help from experienced professionals. If you’re struggling with substance abuse or depression (or both), it’s especially important that you do this. Consider reaching out to an addiction treatment center or to a licensed therapist for help getting on the right track. 

Be of Service

Often, when you feel a sense of purposelessness, it’s because you’re thinking too much about yourself and not enough about others. One way to get out of your head and realize that life does have meaning is to help others.

Find ways to donate your time and talents to people who can benefit from them. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel afterward.


Spend some time self-reflecting, too. This is especially important if you’ve been numbing yourself with harmful substances or refusing to spend any time alone.

Write in a journal and think about what you want your life to look like in the future. Then, work backward and figure out what you need to do now to make that dream a reality.

Be Receptive

Be receptive to what others have to tell you as well. This could be family members, friends, or a therapist. If you listen to them, you can gain helpful information that can get you on the right path toward finding your purpose.

Look into Holistic Practices

It also helps to look into holistic practices such as yoga therapy and reiki. These practices, when combined with other addiction recovery and healing methods, can help you get in touch with yourself in a different way and learn things you never would have learned otherwise.

Start Finding Yourself Today 

Do any of the signs listed above resonate with you? Do you feel as though you’re not living aligned with your life purpose? If so, now’s the time to make a change and start finding yourself.

Addiction and substance abuse, especially, can hold you back from being who you’re truly meant to be. If you’re ready to discover the meaning of life for yourself, we’re here to help at Mission Viejo Rehab and Detox Recovery Center.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and figure out what kind of treatment approach is best for you. 

If you or a loved one is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, help is available to you.

Contact Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center Today.