Recovery is a wonderful thing, a precious gift that you can resolve to give yourself every day. Getting clean is just the start. In order to succeed in recovery, you will need to make a continuing effort. Following a strategy will help you focus your efforts and stay the course. Attending a well-chosen addiction rehab program will give you the opportunity to start out right by developing essential tools for understanding addiction and staying clean. While you are in rehab, you will learn to follow a routine. Excessive idle time is risky for addicts. It’s better to create a sense of purpose for yourself, leaving less space in your head for cravings. You can create your own daily routine for successful addiction recovery to follow when you leave the treatment program.
Get Off To A Good Start
When you wake up in the morning, invest some time in yourself and conduct a ritual of self-care. For instance, begin with a few minutes of deep breathing, then a lower back stretch before gently swinging your legs to the floor and standing for a minute or two of slow flow yoga. Sit and pause to feel grateful. Think of something that you appreciate and consider that for a few minutes. Take a moment to remind yourself why you decided to pursue recovery. Then look over the goals you established the night before (see below) and set your intention to strive for those goals while remaining relaxed and joyful. Taking just 15 minutes for yourself first thing in the morning can be very helpful.
Create Order In Your Life
When you are done with your morning self-care, follow up by making your bed. This simple act proves that your actions make a difference. You can see the result immediately. Carry that momentum through the day and establish good organizational habits. Chaos is stressful. Order supports recovery. You are in charge of your life.
Exercise and Eat Right
Physical activity, whether it’s just walking, running, yoga, or organized sport, will make you feel good and help your body repair the damage of addiction. So make time to get some exercise every day. Exercise and good nutrition are important for mental health. And planning and preparing your meals will give you an empowering sense of confidence in your ability to take care of yourself.
Make Time For Meetings
Group therapy meetings for addicts provide essential support for successful recovery. When you are around people who really understand, you gain a lot of insight. You have the support you need to be honest with yourself, perhaps more honest than you could ever be sitting alone. Feeling tired? Sick? Lots of work to do? Just go. You are worth the effort. You can do it.
At Seasons Bali, our clients find meditation reduces stress and provides clarity and insight. By learning to quiet the mind, we become more aware of our thoughts and get out of unconscious auto-pilot mode. You can learn more about how meditation supports recovery here.
Do Something Fun
When you are new to recovery and the days of indulging in addiction are not far behind, trying to have fun can feel like work. So go ahead and count it as part of the work. Addiction creates reversible changes in the brain, overloading reward circuits. It takes time and effort to recover to the point where you can feel a normal sense of satisfaction, accomplishment or happiness. Things you used to love may not excite you as much as they used to at first. But you can learn to feel joy again. Seek out healthy fun and re-cultivate your ability to enjoy a natural high. You deserve it!
Check-In With Yourself
Pause. Take a moment to ask yourself “how am I doing?” Allow yourself to admit it if you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling. Get extra help from a sponsor or a therapist or even head back to rehab if you need to. Pay attention to your needs and don’t let yourself relapse.
Talk To Someone
Connection is important. Find people that you can talk to. Make small talk and engage. And look for opportunities to make a deeper connection. At first, you may want to focus on establishing a connection with people who are willing to engage with you about your addiction. Group meetings are a good source. You may have to choose carefully, but friends and family can be good sources of support too. Make yourself a list of people you want to connect with and make a plan to get in touch with them regularly to talk.
Addicts sometimes have goals, but often they involve a degree of magical thinking. A good addiction rehab program will teach you how to set realistic, achievable goals and pursue them in a healthy way. You can make a habit of setting micro-goals for the following day each night before you go to bed. This makes it easier to start the day with a sense of purpose and optimism that will keep you focused and keep the cravings at bay.
Learn More About Our Addiction Recovery Program
Seasons Bali offers support for people struggling with all types of addiction. You are here reading this, so it is probably time for you or someone you care about to take the first step towards a much better life. It takes work but you can leave the unfulfilling cycle and the suffering behind.
If someone you care about has a problem with drugs or alcohol or any other form of addiction, talk to someone who understands. We are here to help. Call one of our experts today at (toll-free Australia) 1800 288 348 +61 398045757 or email us at [email protected] and we will call you.