6 Tactics For Addiction Recovery
“After I made the decision to go, I can confidently say that entering addiction treatment saved my life. I now have the tools I need to lead a purpose driven life and the knowledge of what works for me to maintain my recovery.”
-Joshua K, a recovering addict
Recovery from addiction is not always easy. It is an extremely unique personal journey; meaning every individual will experience it in a different way. While Joshua K figured out what worked for him, the same method or aspects may not work for another individual who is also struggling with addiction. There is no “one-size-fits-all” method when it comes to addiction; however, there are 6 strategies for successful sobriety which can greatly aid an individual on their journey to long-term recovery.
- Stick To The Plan: After leaving addiction treatment, many individuals have now committed to an, at least, vague plan; which may include a daily regimen of eating regular, nutritious meals, ensuring that you get the appropriate amount of sleep each night, plenty of physical exercise, regularly attend group meetings, etc. Sticking to your plan and making allowances for the time it will take you to feel at home living in sobriety will go a long way in aiding long-term recovery.
- Keep The Long View: maintaining long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction will take time and the transition into everyday life will, more often than not, need to be gradual.
- Learn From Your Mistakes: When it comes to addiction recovery, mistakes are a part of the learning process. Understanding that you will most likely run into and experience some form of set-back is crucial to maintaining addiction recovery.
- Think Small, Act Big: Getting started with addiction recovery may seem intimidating and confusing, and an individual may be left unsure of where to start. A common strategy that can come in handy in dealing with the emotions of recent recovery can be setting short term and small goals to begin with. This strategy can be successful because when an individual lays out plans that are achievable, it helps to gain confidence and self-esteem with each successful task, goal, or project achieved.
- Appreciate What You Have: Oftentimes an individual can get so caught up in their immediate concerns that what has already been accomplished gets lost in the shuffle. Taking the time to appreciate what one has, and has already overcome, will aid immensely in maintaining long-term addiction recovery as well as making it less likely to become envious of others.
- Believe You Can Succeed, Then Work Hard To Achieve It: A critical component of maintaining long-term addiction recovery is one’s belief that they can and will succeed.
Constantly learning and growing, and achieving a happy, balanced, productive life in recovery are some of the most beneficial aspects in maintain addiction recovery. While addiction may seem like an unrelenting disease, with the right tools and attitudes addiction recovery and long-term sobriety is extremely possible.
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