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How Can I Spring Clean My Recovery Routine?

How Can I Spring Clean My Recovery Routine?

Spring is a tricky time of year for people in recovery. On one hand you’ve maybe been sober awhile, on the other hand you’re in recovery so there’s always room to improve and clean out the dust on your routine to make sure it does not become stagnant. When you spring clean your house, you do it head to toe, so why not approach recovery the same way. Here are some tips to get started.

Signs of Trouble

In order to avoid relapse, you must be able to identify behaviors that might indicate sobriety is slipping away. If you find yourself missing meetings or changing your schedule, this can be an indication you’re not prioritizing recovery. People who slip might notice irritation or depression creeps in at every little turn. Little things might bother you more. If you are spending time with the wrong crowd and finding that you go back to old haunts, you might be immersing yourself in the wrong group. It may be time to shore up those boundaries and keep yourself out of high risk situations.

Evaluate Behavior

Everyone has good and bad days. Although a daily inventory is helpful, it is most effective to look at changes in behavior over time. A lot of the time we don’t see in a few days we are slipping, but over a period of weeks we notice a pattern. Ask yourself:

  • What patterns and behaviors can you improve upon
  • How can you stay more connected with your sponsor
  • What can you incorporate into your routine to build mindfulness
  • Acknowledge what you’re doing is amazing but hard work and honor it while also reviewing current routines and habits for signs of trouble

Lean on Community

The support of recovery groups and community should not be diminished. If you are dealing with addiction or other mental health issues, it is important to have trusted people to talk to about recovery. These need to be people you trust when things go off the rails. You need someone who knows the schedule and routine, who knows your triggers and coping skills. Don’t make decisions alone. Talk them through with someone.

If you want to be healthy in recovery, now is the time. Spring is here, summer is coming and it is time to reinvigorate your personal pledge to stay sober and have fun. Get outside, exercise, try some meditation and change up your routine. Shifting seasons remind us to shift our perspective and renew our thinking towards what is ahead.

Springing forth into this season can be more challenging for some people in recovery than others. If you have not been in recovery for awhile or never tried to quit drugs or alcohol, now may be the time to take the leap forward. We will be here with you every step of the way. Our professional staff and programs will ground you in recovery principles that help you jump into summer feeling good about your decision to take that next step. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401