Although there are no easy solutions; there are effective steps that have helped many in early recovery to find a sense of direction and hope.
As each person is unique; the experiences on their path to recovery will also be unique to them. There is no one treatment process that meets the needs of every person; nor is there a one-size fits all recovery strategy. However, there are some steps that a recovering addict can incorporate, modify and tailor for use in their life of sobriety.
The daily plan that was agreed to prior to completing rehab should be continued. This may include eating healthy, nutritious meals, getting the appropriate amount of sleep and enjoying plenty of physical exercise. Keeping up with any appointments with a doctor or counselor, returning to work and reading recovery material may also be parts of this plan. If the recovering addict participated in and has agreed to continue with attendance in 12-step group meetings; this program should be maintained. Regular attendance at 12-step group meetings, finding a relatable sponsor and participating in service to others suffering from addiction issues can help one maintain their footing on the path to a life of sobriety.
A gradual transition back into everyday life may be necessary. Returning home can be a joyful, yet stressful experience. No longer filled with toxic substances; the recovering addict is not the same person who left for the treatment center. A new normal is necessary – stepping away from many of the old places, while initiating a change in activities and parting with old friends and acquaintances associated with former drug or alcohol use.
Recognizing mistakes is part of the learning process. Rather than being fixated on what has been done wrong; it is much healthier to understand that setbacks may be encountered while trying different things and honing recovery skills. There is a learning curve to achieving any new skill and the same goes for recovery. No one starts out with all of the answers. The most important strategy for successful sobriety is keep focused on what acts have proven effective; recognize what didn’t work and make appropriate improvements the next time.
Set small goals to begin with. Getting started in recovery can be intimidating and confusing. It’s one thing to listen and read about tips for recovery; quite another to actually put them into practice. Set goals that are attainable and appreciate all successes, as they grow in number. Each success helps build confidence and a greater sense of self-esteem.
Appreciating what has already been accomplished can help one believe in their ability to accomplish the day-to-day steps that come with sobriety. Learning new people in a 12-step program; working at a new job – or the old workplace while free of drugs or alcohol, and creating healthy relationships with family and friends are all parts of a new life of sobriety. Congratulate yourself on being at this point in your journey and stick to the plan.
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