Congratulations for getting sober or clean! You may experience moments of euphoria, and or receive warranted congratulations from family members and friends. You deserve to feel good! As you move forward with your recovery the initial jubilation can wear off. Being in recovery presents a range of challenges. You will learn to live on life’s terms—good or bad. You can make the most of it and enhance your recovery, by creating a plan of action. Here are some ideas for you.
Establish a morning routine. Plan to wake up early enough so you don’t have to rush to get to work on time, get the kids off to school, or any number of other obligations. This routine will help reduce and ward off stress.
Take a course in mindfulness meditation, or watch a how-to video. You might think meditation is like holding hands and singing Kumbaya around a campfire. You’re a tough guy and don’t need this new age stuff. Another common excuse for not meditating is thinking you don’t have enough time in the day. Consider meditating for only five minutes a day. Whatever you decide, thousands of studies have shown meditation improves your brain’s neuroplasticity, that is—its ability to change and adapt. Changing and adapting is key to enhancing your recovery. Meditation helps improve sleep, is calming and helps improves sleep.
Setting up a support system will help you make the most out of your recovery. A support system can include a therapist. One who specializes in addiction recovery can be more beneficial, but is optional. It is best to first interview the therapist, and most important, trust your gut as to how you feel about them. A homeopath, naturopath or medical doctor are other professionals you can have as part of your support. A trusted friend who is on the same path as you, but with more recovery is good for your support system. He or she is the one you ask for help when you feel the urge to drink or drug. He or she is the person you call from work when you feel overwhelmed. Attending a substance abuse group can also be a vital link to your support network.
A few additional methods for making the most out of your recovery are: make time for yourself, choose your friends wisely, and value your privacy. Most do things you enjoy that replenish your spirit and serve your recovery!
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