Finding a Balance in Addiction Recovery
When dealing with addiction, changes can be hard. Breaking habits involve making a lot of life changes–learning the steps to recovery: stress coping strategies, how your time is spent, who you surround yourself with and your feelings of self-worth.
Getting sober means substituting drugs and alcohol with new and unfamiliar coping strategies. The process can be extremely difficult, especially for someone who isn’t accustomed to processing feelings. All of the hard work will pay off, though an addict won’t see the proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’ They may believe sobriety won’t give them the euphoria or the thrill that drugs or alcohol did. Staying stagnant in fear, generally means staying stagnant in addiction.
Group Meetings Help Begin The Steps to Recovery
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are synonymous with successful addiction recovery. There is a saying in the fellowships “meeting makers make it.” Alcoholism and addiction is a disease of isolation – the feeling on not fitting in is a shared trait among alcoholics and addicts. The fellowships of AA and NA are the foundations within the addiction recovery community. Step 1 “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable” – the we is not a me or a you, but an us. Essentially we conquer addiction recovery together. The feeling of being alone in the world with no support and unable to trust another person becomes a feeling of belonging.
One of the most important aspects in managing the next steps to recovery is rebuilding your life and hobbies. You should get involved in activities that you enjoy and that boost your self-confidence. Many people turn to volunteering in their community while others may start a new hobby. Setting life goals are essential. So is looking after your health. Make sure to get proper rest, eat right and exercise. People that maintain a healthy lifestyle are able to stave off depression and minimize stress. This can help them prevent a relapse. As you better learn to cope with challenges in addiction recovery, you’re more adept in facing them in the future. You can liberate yourself of your former self and work towards becoming the person you want to be.