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How to Go All the Way When You’re Almost (but Not Quite) There

How to Go All the Way When You’re Almost (but Not Quite) There

If you are in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, you know your health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance. Staying healthy in recovery can mean the difference between life and death. Your personal and professional life is going to take time to put back together. Strengthening your recovery is the best way to ensure success, especially if you are not fully committed (yet) to the idea of being sober for the rest of your life.

How to Make the Changes

It can be hard to accept that your life will no longer revolve around drugs or alcohol, and that it will not be what it once was with the friends, parties, and that lifestyle. You have a choice to make when you enter recovery, which is to choose life over being under the fog of addiction, numbed to everything around you. If you are struggling to fully embrace this new lifestyle change, here are some ways to kickstart your journey:

  • Make a positive life change. Your recovery is not just about sobriety, it is about a whole new lifestyle. Cultivate wellness practices by caring for yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This means eating well, joining a gym, going for walks, and trying to integrate wellness into your daily routine.
  • Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness helps people stay in the present moment without judgment, allowing them to focus on one thing at a time. Mindfulness helps those who have been in active addiction avoid feeling overpowered by thoughts of the past or high stress about the future. Mindfulness can simply mean taking a few minutes to focus on breathing to bring yourself into the present.
  • Get employed. Financial stress can be a huge trigger for arguments in relationships, triggers for anxiety, and relapse. Early recovery is especially challenging. It takes a lot to simply pay the bills. As you grow stronger, you can explore career options that give you financial stability and interest you.
  • Establish goals. Creating financial and professional goals is one thing, but personal goals are also very important. Create a plan of action to decide what you want to do and with what purpose you will serve others from your story. There are many ways to be a blessing to others in recovery, but be sure you first are solid in your footing in recovery then start to find ways of enhancing others’ lives who have been touched by addiction.
  • Connect. Staying connected to people in your life who support you will be the biggest challenge and goal for you. Find a group you identify with and connect with them in recovery. Share your struggles and accomplishments while being pressed to pursue your personal goals.

Some other ways to start moving yourself forward if you feel like you’re sort of there, but not yet, is to find ways of expressing gratitude for the journey. Everyday’s a new day to explore and engage in the world around you. Focus on the beauty of your recovery. Relive the past, release guilt and shame, and embrace your goals with positivity. Be sure to keep yourself a priority and take time for yourself.

There are many ways to engage with recovery. The main thing is to focus on healing from addiction first before you reach out to support others. We will help you find your grounding so you can move forward with your recovery and heal. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401