Recovery Survival Guide

Though thousands attend drug and alcohol treatment in the U.S. each year, only a small percentage is able to maintain their sobriety long-term. While rehabilitation can certainly place you on the right path, new habits, life skills and outlooks are needed to ensure a successful and active recovery.

1 – Focus on activities that enhance your self-worth. It can be easy to fall into the habit of vegging out with movies and video games, which although a fun way to kill time, do little to build your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Be proactive! Choose activities that encourage support and involvement in your community. Volunteer at a local library, coach a children’s sports team or deliver meals to the elderly. Involvement in these types of areas will serve to develop a sense of self-respect and self-worth following rehabilitation.

2 – Immerse yourself in art. Dive into an area that intrigues your creativity and imagination. Once you develop a talent, you may even be able to use it as a source for extra income! The important part is that art has the power to stabilize, alleviate stress, and eliminate boredom.

3 – Surround yourself with positive, active and supportive people. Recovering addiction who return to their old crowds often find it difficult to maintain sobriety and return to old routines. Don’t kid yourself into thinking you can “hang” without tempting yourself. If your old friends truly care about your well-being, they will support your commitment.

4 – Abstinence is key. The addict need only relapse once to get hooked again. Commit yourself to a complete recovery - no drinking/using at all, ever. No exceptions. If you’ve already been through the treatment process, it means that you are unable to indulge in the occasional drink. In order to ensure a healthy and long-lasting recovery, the addict must be willing to remove use from their life completely.

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