Awareness that an issue exists is the first step in making a change. And, after we become aware that drugs and/or alcohol have led to an unmanageable life, it’s time to take action. Here, we offer some words of wisdom to help build a solid foundation for sustained recovery:
- Know thyself. Take Socrates’ advice and gain a clear understanding of your triggers for using drugs and/or alcohol. To “know thyself” also includes reconciling with the past by making amends and healing toxic shame.
- Cultivate internal motivation. Recognize the difference between external motivation (legal issues, ultimatum from a spouse, risk of job termination, etc.) and internal motivation (practicing self-compassion, clarifying and honoring values, identifying and working toward a higher purpose).
- Develop healthy relationships. Research shows the importance of building a strong support system to help maintain long-term sobriety. Healthy relationships can provide hope, buffer stress and encourage the use of coping skills.
- Create a balanced lifestyle. Incorporate exercise, a healthy diet, meditation and adequate sleep into your daily routine.
- Practice gratitude. If we’re looking for negativity in our lives, we’ll always find it. On the flip side, the same goes for positivity. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude to experience the abundance of the life you already have.
Addiction is a chronic disease. Though there is no cure, recovery from addiction is possible. The suggestions above provide direction not only for maintaining sobriety, but also for creating a life worth living.
If you’re in need of addiction treatment, the compassionate professionals at First Step Recovery can help. Contact us today!