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Stay Away from These 3 Things in Early Recovery  

Stay Away from These 3 Things in Early Recovery  

The drugs may be nearly gone, the alcohol can be out of your life and sobriety is yours for the taking. The question is now where to go and what to do in early recovery. Getting focused and intentional about what to do can help build a recovery that sticks.

No-No’s in Early Recovery

The following mistakes are common in early recovery and may make the path more difficult. Relapse is an eventuality for some people, but it does not have to happen. Some early recovery no-no’s include:

  • Romance and dating. Getting into a romantic relationship can bring too many emotional issues to the forefront when this an already emotionally difficult time. This standard of not dating in early recovery is not to make people more miserable or feel more lonely, it is an attempt to make you face yourself, face those demons, and get healthy before you meet people.
  • Overcommitting can set you back. Setting goals and working hard can produce great changes but don’t go overboard. If you just got your life in order, again, why go and switch things around. Don’t pack it so full that you cannot handle it. Going back to school, taking a huge promotion, starting a family, moving, all good things can be too much all at once with recovery in the fray. Give yourself some space to pace life changes so they don’t overwhelm your life. Learn how to live life sober without overcomplicating things right now.
  • Bailing out. Even when the doctor gives you advice, and you go the other way, that can set you back. If you are sober and feeling good, it can be tempting to want to stop going to recovery group, or taking medication, or just stop doing what is working because, well, you feel fine. The truth is, when you stop doing what works, relapse is likely to happen. Don’t give up doing what you’re doing. Just realize that it is a lifestyle change and commitment that requires time and intentionality to keep it working.

Don’t stop doing the things that have gotten you this far. Keep supports in place that help you, get rid of those that don’t serve you, and find your personal path to recovery that works. When you find what works, keep doing that until it does not work any longer. Until then, it is important to focus on doing what is necessary to keep things moving forward and support your recovery journey.

Recovery is a journey made of a thousand steps. You cannot get there alone. We will help you take the first crucial steps to healing. If you are struggling, we will come along side you and support your journey with our programs and resources. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401