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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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