6 Tips For Successful Recovery
Posted on 05/29/20: Addiction Recovery
When you transition from a life of addiction into a life of sobriety, it can be difficult to adapt to. You’ve lived a life of dependency, your mind and body will not let you change your lifestyle so easily. The early stages of recovery can be some of the most difficult things for a person to deal with. Withdrawal and cravings are the main issues that addicts will face and they can be unbearable at times. To put it in perspective, studies found that around 40-60% of addicts relapse in their first of sobriety. Of course, this statistic is quite alarming, but it shouldn’t come as a shock. Addiction is a disease that is not easily cured. For most people in recovery, addiction is something they will battle for the rest of their lives.
Since this is something that many have to battle throughout their lives, we want to make sure you and everyone else that is considering to live the life of sobriety are well-equipped to fight through recovery. Recovery doesn’t happen after rehab, it’s a slow process that requires a person to continually self-reflect, practice discipline, and find new ways of coping with any residual desires. Today, we’re going to give you 6 tips for a successful recovery.
Tip #1: Patience Is Key
One trait you will want to work on while going through recovery is patience. It’s such a simple, but the very important thing to have in sobriety. There will be days when you feel like your cravings are stronger than other days. There will be days when you feel like giving up on this whole sobriety thing. There will be days when you feel like you haven’t come very far in your sobriety. However, we encourage you to be patient and trust the process. You should never feel like you’re not having successful recovery because every day that you’re sober is a success. Practice patience, trust the process, and stick to the path of sobriety, you’ll get it eventually!
Tip #2: Set Realistic Goals
Goal setting is a very important aspect of recovery. Creating goals is a way of setting personal challenges for yourself to complete in an effort to practice self-improvement. However, some people can overdo it when it comes to goal setting. It’s important to be realistic with your goals because if you set goals that can’t be realistically obtained, then you’re just going to end up putting yourself down and pushing yourself too hard. This could put a lot of unnecessary stress and strain on your sobriety which will only increase your chances of relapse. Set realistic goals for yourself, even if they’re little ones. Every goal met is a success!
Tip #3: Find Some Therapeutic Recovery Resource
One of the most important parts of any successful recovery story is therapy. One cannot simply go into rehab and come out completely sober; recovery takes time and it cannot be accomplished in a few weeks. Rehabilitation is all about detoxing the body and preparing someone for addiction recovery. In order for recovery to be successful, a person must attend some kind of therapy throughout their journey (and maybe throughout their lives). Therapy is a way for a person to dig deeper into the psyche and understand why they were previously addicted to substances. By talking to a therapist or a group on people who have the same struggles, a person can better understand the inner mechanisms of their mind and why they got addicted in the first place. Therapy can also help a person develop coping skills for any sort of residual cravings that may be lurking in their mind. Cravings will likely pop up throughout an addict’s life, it’s important for them to know how to fight them off in order to ensure strong sobriety.
Tip #4: Get New Friends
We often encourage our sober warriors to find new friends who help them abstain from substance use. We also encourage them to reconsider relationships that encourage them to use substances in the first place. Former addicts often have friends who would enable their substance abuse habits and we strongly suggest that these sorts of relationships be cut off for the time being. Being surrounded by people who support your decision to be sober and do not enable past habits are the kind of people you need to surround yourself with.
Tip #5: Do Not Test Yourself
Even if you feel like you are strong in your sobriety and can attend events that may have substances you previously used, we strongly suggest that you do not test yourself. You may feel confident in your sobriety, but it’s never a good idea to put yourself in a situation where there is an abundance of substances. Clubs with alcohol, parties with drugs, etc. are never good environments for a former addict to be in. Carefully consider the events or gatherings you want to attend before making a commitment. Ask yourself, “Will this kind of event or environment help or hinder my sobriety?”
Tip #6: Avoid Boredom
We often say that boredom is the ‘sobriety killer’ because it can make you do things that you would regret. When we’re bored, we try to find things that will provide us with some temporary entertainment. For some people that would be television, video games, reading books, or other activities. However, for former addicts, substance abuse may have been their cure for boredom. That is why we suggest every recovering addict find new methods of entertainment. Hobbies are a great way to not only avoid relapse, but they can also create newfound happiness in life. Hobbies like painting, hiking, dancing, yoga, etc. are all great examples of ways to productively spend your free time and avoid boredom. Read about Kanye West’s addiction journey here.
In order to live a successful life in sobriety, you’ll want to follow these 6 tips and many others! The road to recovery is not an easy one, but it is entirely possible! Successful recovery is all about finding methods for coping with this new lifestyle. If you follow these tips and actively work on your recovery, sobriety can be achieved.
If you or someone you know needs help with addiction, contact Sober Living of AZ now to get the help you need. Sober Living offers an acclaimed recovery environment that merges upscale and luxury accommodations with affordability, clinical expertise and an unwavering commitment to patient care and aftercare. Call us now at 602-737-2458.
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