Supporting Self-Care and Reducing Relapse with a Recovery Journal

If you’re recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you might consider starting a recovery journal. The act of journaling can help virtually everyone, and especially those working on their sobriety. It can help you relieve stress and reflect on your personal goals on a regular basis. And, over time, you can read older entries to see just how far you have come on your journey.

Journaling is a deeply personal process and there is no right or wrong way to express your thoughts. It’s really all about taking a few minutes each day to invest in yourself.

If you’re interested in starting a recovery journal, here are a few tips to help you get started!

(1) Consider writing about your personal goals for that day.

Research has shown that individuals who develop specific goals are more likely to achieve them in comparison to more general objectives. Given that, be specific about what you want to accomplish. Maybe you want to attend a yoga class that afternoon or create a cleaning schedule after dinner to get on top of household chores. Take a few minutes to jot down your thoughts.

(2) Make time for gratitude.

In your recovery journal, think about ending each entry with a few thoughts of gratitude. All of the things, people and experiences in your life that fill your heart with love and happiness. Things like seeing the smile of a kind friend or hearing your favorite song on the radio. Whether it’s big or small, it’s up to you. If it brings you joy, it’s worth celebrating!

(3) Remind yourself of what you have learned.

One way to boost your confidence and fuel your recovery, is to reflect on your accomplishments. Things that you’ve learned and challenges you’ve overcome. Have you grown in your ability to identify potential triggers? Are you showing up for your friends and family in a way that is more authentic and real? Life is a process. Celebrate how hard you have worked and how far you have come.

(4) Don’t edit yourself!

Your journal won’t ask you to be perfect. And, you certainly don’t have to have a Master’s degree in English Lit to reap the benefits. Simply be present and honest. Think about what you are feeling and write it down. Don’t worry about spelling things the “right way” or spending time editing your content. That can actually distract you from your thought process and what you are trying to express.

Addiction Recovery at Infinity Treatment Center’s Private Center

At Infinity Malibu, we understand that there is no “silver bullet” approach towards drug and alcohol treatment. In many instances, it takes a variety of evidence-based treatments and holistic therapies to produce the most successful health outcomes. As part of our comprehensive approach to addiction recovery, we encourage clients to participate in daily reflections and process groups. These are designed to help men and women follow a path of personal growth. And, lasting sobriety. If you, or someone you love, might benefit from this type of support, call (888) 266-9048.

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