Tips and Reminders for a Successful Recovery

Posted on :  April 15th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Those who find themselves recovering from addiction can often be tempted to think of themselves as failures, in some fundamental way.

Rather, they should think about it as it is: drug rehab, recovery, anything you’d like to name it. Addiction is a serious illness, and should be treated as such.

Recovery from addiction is much the same as any recovery process – it should be treated with care, respect and undertaken with the knowledge that it is not an overnight process.

Here are some tips and reminders for a successful recovery.

Make time for communication

Recovery of any kind can prove to be a very lonely experience, but recovery from addiction can often be one the most loneliness-inducing kinds of recovery because those suffering can feel responsible for their own situation.

Seek company and share the burden of your recovery with others. You do not need to face it alone, and if you possibly can’t, you shouldn’t.

Be patient

The best way to achieve any long-term goal is by breaking it down into more surmountable short-term goals.

This can mean taking some time out every day to reflect on your progress over that 24 hour period. In short, take it one step at a time.

Switch up your surroundings

Recovery from addiction is often more successful when the addiction is replaced with something positive.

Think of it as a lifestyle change – seek out your recovery as an opportunity to discover new passions, and have new experiences.

Lead a healthier lifestyle

Switching up your diet and making a deliberate effort to exercise can make a world of difference.

Exercise can improve mood, and eating more healthily will improve your physical well being.

Seek support

As someone who is recovering from a serious illness, you need to make sure you have a solid support network around you.

If old friends bring out unpleasant instincts, then find a new group of friends. Your recovery is your priority, so make sure you maintain contact with support groups and professionals to aid in the process.

Be productive

Putting your energy and efforts into something productive can be a great self esteem booster, as well as a great motivator.

There are numerous ways to generate this – consider volunteering, or getting a job, or starting a new creative project.

Keep going!

Think not about how far you have to go, but rather about how far you have come.

If you need some help recovering from addiction, and live in the Hamilton, Toronto, Ontario area, then contact Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589. We will help you to get back to your best.

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