Progress in alcohol addiction recovery
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MAKING PROGRESS IN RECOVERY FROM ALCOHOL ADDICTION

Progress is crucial to the addiction recovery process; if you are not making progress in recovery, chances are you are actually slowly heading back toward relapse. So how do you know if you are truly making progress in recovery, especially when negative thinking can cloud how you perceive your own strengths? Here are some signs that indicate you are probably on the right track in your recovery.

You are meeting your goals.

Making realistic and obtainable goals that are tailored to your own recovery is essential to helping you progress—and letting you in on when you are progressing. Create a plan for your recovery that includes individual goals with your addiction recovery coach or mentor, so that you can point to clear signs of progress throughout your recovery. Some examples of goals that you can set include attending all of your recovery meetings, developing a regular exercise routine, becoming financially stable, and finding steady work.

You have cut off ties with negative influences.

It might be difficult, but finally distancing yourself from the people who might pull you back into old habits of substance abuse is a tremendous step towards creating a lifestyle that supports your recovery.

You are repairing broken relationships.

The early stages of recovery require a great deal of inward focus and introspection, and once you are prepared to focus outward and start repairing the relationships that were damaged as a result of addiction, you are making another step toward living a stable, sober life.

You are becoming more honest about your addiction.

If you are able to talk about your past addiction as just that—your past addiction—you are developing a stronger sober mindset in which substance abuse is no longer a part of your identity. It also means that you are gaining confidence and a stronger grasp on who you are now that you are sober.

You have developed techniques for keeping cravings at bay.

It’s important for every individual in recovery to discover what tempts them to use again and what to do when cravings hit. If you’ve begun to recognize these temptations and have developed ways to deal with cravings, you are making significant progress toward mastering sobriety.

You feel a desire to help others with their addictions.

This means that recovery from addiction is something that you truly want for yourself, just as you want it for others. If you feel a desire to help others with their addictions, hold onto it and remember what it says about how you view living life sober.

Simple, everyday tasks are becoming easier.

As you overcome addiction, both your physical and mental health will improve. This means that tasks that were previously difficult for you to accomplish while battling addiction—be it work, child care, managing finances, exercise, or even just getting up in the morning—will gradually become easier and easier.

Author: Chastity Edwards

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