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Tips for Recovery: Ten Ways to Stay Healthy

Posted on :  April 18th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Once an addict decides to recover, the fight is not over. Throughout the recovery process, addicts are tempted to return to their drug-filled lifestyle.

In order to stay healthy, every drug addict needs to have some tools to use. These can be physical and mental, but they all need to help addicts stay away from the triggers that can bring the craving for drugs. While there are hundreds of things that recovering addicts can do to stay healthy, these are ten that most recovering addicts find useful:

  1. Commit to recovery. During the tenuous times of recovery, it is important to listen to your mind and body. In most cases, recovering addicts need to put themselves first for a significant amount of time. Taking second to work, family, or friends can create a stressful existence from the lack of control people have over other people. If an addict can put recovery first, they will stay away from drugs.
  2. One breath at a time. Literally. Nothing happens except what is happening now, so recovery is only as strong as the moment. These moments occur one breath at a time. The popular phrase “one day at a time” is a helpful mental tool for recovering addicts, too. Addicts who can make it through each day tend to be successful on the next day.
  3. Make time to build a support system. It is important for recovering addicts to have a support system outside of their therapists, physicians, and counselors. The support system can include family and friends who are not drug abusers. It can also include people in support groups. The support group should be people who know what you are struggling with so they can help when you need it the most.
  4. Get away from bad habits. Those bad habits tend to trigger the cravings for drugs, so it is a good idea to get away from them. This might mean that addicts need to change their environments so they do not run across the triggers. Changing the environment could mean that recovering addicts might need to move or find new things to do.
  5. Find healthy friends. Recovering addicts tend to have friends who are drug abusers, too. In order to fully recover, addicts need to find new friends who are not users. With a strong social support group, addicts will not relapse because they do not have anyone to relapse with. Healthy, supportive friends can be found in support groups and in healthy places like churches and exercise facilities.
  6. Exercise regularly. Many addicts do not exercise at all when they are on drugs. It is just too hard to be physically active and high. On the flip side, people who exercise regularly are less likely to do drugs, simply because their healthy bodies do not crave unhealthy things. Exercise activates endorphins, which make the mind and body feel amazing. It is a good idea to exercise every day, even if that means simply going for a 30 minute walk in the neighborhood.
  7. Eat healthy food. Keeping the body healthy by eating nutritious food will keep the drug cravings away. It can be helpful to work with a nutritionists or a personal trainer to make the change to a healthy diet.
  8. Find a support group. Most communities have AA groups, which are incredibly supportive for recovering addicts of any kind. This is a good place to learn about other tools for success.
  9. Volunteer. This is a way to keep busy and avoid drug relapse triggers. People who volunteer tend to have a positive self-esteem. It is important to volunteer somewhere that will not trigger drug relapses.
  10. Stay strong. There will be moments that drug addicts will want to relapse, but with a strong support network and a healthy lifestyle, those moments will be few and far between.

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