Life during your first year of sobriety can sometimes be overwhelming. Unfortunately, there is no guidebook or one specific path for everyone to follow during this time. Recovery is unique to each person. However, every person seeking recovery needs to start by taking an inventory of their lives and beginning to make healthy changes and decisions. This is a common thread woven into every successful recovery and a necessary step in achieving and maintaining sobriety.
We would like to share three tips to help you begin and sustain your recovery.
Support and Communication
In early recovery, it is very important to surround yourself with a strong support system, and maintain a schedule of daily contact with one or more people. It can be easy to let this critical connection slip from your routine as you begin to feel better and perhaps a bit too comfortable in your new life of recovery. Never forget that connection and support are foundations of a solid recovery.
Develop a Personal Plan
“Sometimes a choice that is right for you may be uncomfortable or even unacceptable for others.”
Choose your friends wisely, and avoid people and places that may trigger addictive behaviours. Be aware of the possible risks associated with events such as weddings, work functions, family dinners, or going out with “old” friends. Always have an exit plan and do not hesitate to use it if you are feeling uncomfortable in a particular situation. Ask for help from your support network to come up with a plan that will help you stay safe. And remember that everyone is different. A situation that another person can handle may be triggering for you. Set your own path of recovery.
Sometimes, people new in recovery tend to see things through rose-colour glasses. Being caught up in feelings of hope and seeing the possibilities of your life free from addiction, you might believe all is well with friends and family. You might imagine that loved ones will simply forgive and forget your past behaviours. Unfortunately, sometimes that is easier said than done. Family and friends may have faced years of difficulties related to your behaviours, and need to heal as well. By acknowledging that relationships may not immediately return to normal, you can avoid unnecessary resentment and pressure. It is important to recognize that recovery is a process, for both yourself and your loved ones.
Helping You Stay Clean
If you’ve been through treatment, you know how vital it is to stay connected. Do not isolate yourself. Feel free to give us a call on our toll free number, 1-800-387-6198, or email us. You can also drop by any of our inpatient and outpatient offices to speak to someone who understands what you are going through.
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