Drug addiction treatment can be the catalyst that leads you to a lifelong commitment to a happy and healthy life. However, like all commitments, maintaining sobriety is an ongoing process, and requires both attention and care. Here are some things to keep in mind as you continue on your post-treatment journey.
Remembering That You Are Not Alone
On your road to recovery, it can become easy to feel detached from the world around you. You are going through a critical change in your life. Whenever you feel hesitant or start to doubt yourself, remember that you are not alone. There are plenty of others going through situations similar to your own. You can always find someone who you can relate to. Lean on your fellow alumni, friends, family, and support networks. You will also have our professionals who you can trust with your thoughts and emotions throughout the process of your drug addiction treatment.
Not Internalizing Stigma
There is nothing shameful about working to become the person you want to be. Deciding to accept treatment is taking an important step towards your ideal self. Other people will understand what you are going through and support you along the way. Our counselors are devoted to the unconditional positive regard of our clients. We see you for the entire person you are, not only the mistakes that you have made. If fear of judgment has hindered you from seeking treatment in the past, know that you will not be judged.
Expecting Lifestyle Changes
An improved you requires an improved life. Anyone would have a difficult time changing themselves when everything else in their life has remained the same. Incorporate positive changes in areas of your life to influence you to stay strong while in drug addiction recovery. Recovery will likely be difficult in the beginning. Further down the line as you find your stability, these lifestyle changes will become normal.
Identifying High-Risk Factors
When modifying your lifestyle, consider the areas in your life that could potentially interfere with your growth. This can include friends who sometimes encourage behaviors you are trying to avoid. You do not have to cut off all communication with your friends, but you should be mindful of these relationships. Also, consider the risk of attending events where temptation may come about. 21st birthday celebrations, bachelor parties and bachelorette parties are examples of risky events.
Not Fearing Failure
Every day is a new day and should be taken one step at a time. Even a step in the wrong direction is progress, as it teaches you an important lesson. Relapsing does not make you a failure, and the road to recovery is not always a straight shot. If you ever stray, we will work with you to get you back on track. You will be even stronger coming back from it.
Not Replacing Bad Habits with Other Bad Habits
Your lifestyle change will call for new ways to spend your free time. Similar to drug abuse, other addictive behaviors like smoking or gambling may negatively affect your recovery process. While there is no one-size-fits-all guide to addiction recovery, there are also no shortcuts. Substituting one bad habit for another does not address the problem and encourages more negative behavior down the line. Try to avoid any activities that do not promote your transition from drug addiction treatment.
Finding New Hobbies
Try to find positive things to put your energy into. Using your time to start exercising or learning a new skill are just a few examples of productive new habits you can form. Surround yourself with new environments that are conducive to where you want to be in life. Consult with someone you trust, such as a therapist, if you are unsure about which hobbies are a good fit for you.
Forming New Relationships
Your relationship with your therapist will be unparalleled throughout your recovery process. We will be a trustworthy resource available to you with the added benefit of confidentiality. While exploring the new environments that come along with recovery you are likely to meet others going through the same situation. Bonds formed with others who are also in recovery provide additional unique benefits to your life. You may find someone further along than you, who can offer you clarity about a problem you are currently facing. You may also find those who are just starting out, who you can give insight into your own experiences.
Finding Strength in Overcoming Adversity
Each step you take throughout the recovery process will be an immeasurable accomplishment. You are adjusting to living a life that does not depend on drug use. You will be able to reclaim your life with a new sense of strength, freedom and happiness. Beating an addiction can be challenging. However, you emerge with a new sense of courage knowing that you have made the decision to take control of your life. Being able to say that you are recovering drug addict is definitely something to be proud of.
Looking Ahead to Your Best Days
Soon after beginning treatment, you will start to see the result of your hard work. Our counselors want to be there to help you make that crucial first step. We are here to provide the guidance and support necessary to help you overcome your addiction. We provide resources that will help you every step of the way. We encourage those who may be considering treatment for drug addiction, or people with concerns about others with addiction in their life, to contact us for a consultation.