Recovery from addiction shouldn’t be seen as a sprint, but much like a marathon. What this means is that it helps to use the wide-ranging tools and resources at your disposal to complete this long journey that leads from substance abuse into a fresh and healthy life.
Taking the initial steps of throwing away the alcohol and drugs is only the beginning. It is essential to get inspired and find the necessary inspiration to start your journey.
You will need to find a way to overcome our urges and avoid giving up on this journey to recovery. When first starting out, you will be flooded with a wave of emotions that can help push out negative thoughts. Additionally, there is a need to accept our limitations and ourselves as a person.
Your journey to recovery isn’t a simple process of achieving one success after another. A straight-line of progression isn’t practical. Instead, you will have plenty of twists and turns to overcome before it is possible to arrive at your intended goal.
Put in the effort to take targeted and constructive action. Take the type of steps that lead you to reach the most worthwhile and desired goals.
Organizing a plan of action is helpful for those looking to embark on a long and challenging journey. Working without a plan can lead to haphazard progress that increases the likelihood of failure.
Even though a plan has the potential to be frustrating to follow on a day-to-day basis, the results will be more favorable, but over time the daily schedule will start to become routine and more comfortable to abide by.
Additionally, a plan helps to minimize issues with personal frustration and make sure you aren’t left feeling out of control. You will be able to see your options. Also, your self-confidence is likely to grow because you aren’t left feeling out of sorts and not knowing what to do.
Once the recovery progress starts in earnest, it is time to get fully accustomed to a whole new lifestyle. You will likely need a short period of acclimatization to adjust to your new lifestyle.
Avoid taking on too many challenges from the outset that can lead to all-round frustration and increase the risk of not achieving your goals.
Typically, a practical solution to overcome this issue is to set expectations that are reasonable for your circumstances. When first starting out, the most complicated and complex challenges should be left for a more convenient time.
Before the significant duties, issues, challenges, tasks, and projects are taken on; you want to start looking at the ones that are easy and unlikely to take too much time to complete.
Start with something you are very comfortable with and make sure you already have the skills and know-how to complete the chosen project.
By taking on the easier projects at the beginning, you give yourself a feeling of accomplishment which will help to grow your confidence. It also helps to build a useful record of success. Also, this slow and steady approach is effective at minimizing issues with frustration that is typical of those that take on the too much responsibility, too soon.
Life in recovery is guaranteed to be a significant event in your life. You may find that your day-to-day life has completely changed. Typically, in the worst stages of addiction, you are likely to be less concerned about the consequences, but in time you will have the option to look back and appreciate the relief of how far you have traveled on your journey.
Even after recovery has progressed to the final stages, you will still have issues that can haunt you. There may be times when it becomes necessary to make amends or restitution for past action that had negative consequences.
Trying to resolve past conflicts can have a negative impact on your delicate emotional state if you are still at an early stage of recovery.
You are likely to be overly serious if you are pushing yourself to gain the trust of others, pushing yourself harder than others, of forcing yourself to make up the time lost.
Overall, you should just lighten up and make an effort to take things in your life in your stride. When you aren’t always pushed to reach your goals, you will feel more relaxed and better able to avoid issues with frustration.
Most of us will go through life making mistakes that range from minor to colossal blunders, as well as the many in-between. However, if you can learn from your mistakes, this can help if you are in a similar situation in the future.
Even though it is annoying to make mistakes, it does give the option to add to your recovery toolkit by gleaning something that can be used as a positive.
Your attitude is sure to be a significant aspect on your road to recovery. When it concerns addiction treatment or rehabilitation, your personal attitude can have a significant influence on your ability to either reach your goals or fail.
Also, there will be those that have an attitude more in the middle that is in-between not very optimistic and rather pessimistic.
Most first-timers on the road to recovery are likely to be in the area of pessimistic and dour. A major reason for this is the fact rehab treatment can be very stressful and grueling. Additionally, there is the likelihood that you will return to a home environment that is fractured or dysfunctional.
Even when these types of events impact you, there is still every reason that you aren’t feeling your best and not having 100% faith in your recovery. However, these issues often start to resolve themselves when it is possible to live the sober and clean lifestyle.
But it still benefits to give your positivity a boost from time to time, which can be instrumental in the long road to recovery. A simple step to get the positive attitude is to start talking to others. Others can be great at providing a few thought-starters which is a useful place to begin.
All-in-all, the ability to hold a positive attitude while in recovery is an excellent tool to help in the process of reaching your goals. Even if you encounter episodes of frustration on your road to recover, your ability to maintain a positive attitude is certain to help control the frustration and give the motivation to get back to the things that matter, such as reaching your next goal.
When in the process of recovery, there are many reasons why it benefits to be in the company of others in a similar situation who know what you are experiencing.
Whether this relates to 12-step recovery groups, neighborhood groups or social gatherings, there is plenty of value to interacting with others.
In this type of environment, you get to hear from many different individuals that can tell accounts and stories of how they achieved the targets and how they like living the clean and healthy lifestyle. Many of the reports are likely to resonate with you personally, which gives the inspiration to continue on your journey to recovery.
Even if the stories aren’t directly related to you, they are still able to encourage, support, motivate and inspire to overcome issues and achieve your end goal.
In any social gathering, merely listen carefully to what is being said to pick up useful bits of information that can prove a valuable resource later.
Try to maintain an open mind and take notice of the group dynamics when attending the recovery groups. All participants in these groups are after the same outcome, which is to stay on the clean and sober path.
Even if you tried one approach that didn’t give the desired results, there are still plenty of methods that can be used to achieve a specific goal.
With the right dedication, you can experiment to find the most effective approach that can solve the problems that are blocking your progress.
However, for those in recovery, the best option is usually the safest option. Many prefer to avoid trying something new because it has the risk of jeopardizing the progress that has already been achieved.
While this is quite common and understandable, you may find continually playing it safe doesn’t lead to success and there is the risk of missing out on a range of useful and robust solutions.
In real-life the road to recovery is much like a puzzle with pieces continually rotating that can make things more difficult. However, over the long-term, you will find it easier to progress in recovery with practice, commitment, and dedication. Additionally, it benefits to hold a sense of curiosity.
When you create your plan of action, you should also look at identifying backup or alternative options for each step.
By creating the more flexible plan, you have the option to try something different in the event your original course of action doesn’t achieve the result. Also, with the backup options in place, you will feel more self-confident and secure in knowing you have something else to try and there is no need to return to square one.
The experts in the recovery industry often say that a trial and error approach can be a very useful process to achieve the desired goals. If the first option is successful, then great, but you instantly have the opportunity to try something else.
If you are willing to take the approach of trialing the different options and adjusting until something works, you will be able to expand on the tools you have for recovery greatly. Also, continually evaluating the possibilities will push you closer to making substantial progress on your road to recovery.
Every once in a while take a moment to pause and evaluate your progress. You will find this to be a complete eye-opener. Everyone likes to see improvement in their actions and the success achieved can go a long way to give the desired inspiration and motivation to continue.
Additionally, there is a second practical reason to look at the progress to date, and this relates to evaluating the positive steps that have been achieved. This type of information can be helpful when conducting a brainstorming session to solve a new challenge or problem.
With more and more effective strategies added to your recovery toolkit, you will continue to establish your self-esteem and self-confidence when working on future steps.
After you have taken a look at your accomplishments to date, you can pat yourself on the back for your success. But, this isn’t the time to get complacent, you want to get back to work as soon as possible and start on your next recovery step. With this positive news in your mind, you will be feeling a lot more positive and upbeat about your future progress.
The only way to achieve success on your long road to recovery is to put in the time and effort using your unique and personal approach.
If you have a strong commitment to recovering, you will take the extra steps to make sure you reach the desired goals.
This may relate to making regular updates, modifying, or adding new methods to achieve your goals, as well as taking action to do away with those that no longer work.
While working on your road to recovery, you want the entire experience to be as fulfilling, productive and beneficial as possible. If something doesn’t work, just try again until the desired result is achieved. With the right commitment, you will get to enjoy the success you deserve.
If you want to understand how to build your recovery program and then stick to it, you can get in touch with the Hotline at our Recovery Center where trained and experienced professionals are available to assist you in every way.
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If you don’t battle the force of routine, it’s far too easy to slip into a mode of doing the same thing every day, day after day, and barely being mentally present while it happens. And weeks and months, even years, can go by like this, doing the same thing over and over, detached, not really getting anything out of it, mindlessly laboring away time. So how do we fight the rut? Living life adventurously, constantly putting ourselves in new and slightly uncomfortable situations. When the brain is faced with something new, a new challenge or sensation or scenery, it switches to full attention and immediately sets about trying to make sense of things. Injecting adventure into our lives breaks the pattern of habituation and keeps us from settling. Adventure keeps us engaged and in the pursuit of learning and improving. – Cam Brensinger
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