The process of giving up an addiction and building a new life, free from self-destructive behaviors, involves a lot of work and effort. The first few months of recovery can be quite a demanding time, as well as, downright scary for some. Luckily, there have been many who have already navigated these rocky waters and passed down their knowledge to the next recovering alcoholic and addict. By no means is there any one “right” way to achieve long term sobriety; however, a large majority of those in recovery rely on the experiences of those who came before them. Here are just a few helpful suggestions to help guide those in the delicate time of early recovery.
No Major Life Changes!
Once the substances leave your system and the mind and body begin to recover, many find that they start to feel better and more capable than ever. As mental clarity begins to return, sometimes rapidly, the urge to implement major changes often occurs. Some may want to set out to achieve that goal they never went for, enter into a new career, move their home, or start a new romantic relationship. All admirable goals, however, it’s recommended to take it nice and slow! The most important thing in this phase of one’s development is complete and total focus on recovery. Any major changes are most likely going to be a distraction, which can take away from personal growth and potentially lead to relapse.
Finding A Network
A support network is a critical aspect of not only early recovery but long term recovery, as well. It is of the utmost importance to begin to establish this network as soon as possible. The power of knowing one is not alone in this struggle can be one of the most powerful tools in maintaining sobriety. 12 step meetings offer a unique fellowship of people, who have been through and can identify with, the emotional roller coaster of early sobriety. Traditional therapy also allows one to talk openly and honestly in a more private setting. Many find that a combination of group and individual therapy will be the most beneficial.
Just because one is now substance free certainly doesn’t mean the outside world has stopped. Quite the opposite! Responsibilities, family obligations, and work must still be taken care of. However, there is now a new job that must take priority over all: RECOVERY! It can be difficult dealing with a normal day to day schedule as is, so it can be even more challenging to make time for recovery, as well. Whatever tools and techniques are utilized to stay sober must be continued on a daily basis. If the program of recovery is neglected and anything placed before it, chances are a relapse is on the horizon.
The early stages of recovery can be the most difficult, if you or someone you know might need help please contact our admissions office at (877)-RECOVERY with any questions you may have.