Things We Can Change or Avoid to Help Ourselves After Recovery
It is important to remain aware of our surroundings and environments throughout our lives in recovery, even after treatment. There are still dangers around us, as so much of our lives from before recovery can still be present when we choose to seek help. Our activities that fueled our addictions or illnesses can still be present in our home life as well as the circle of friends we kept, and we still have the memories of our lives in those moments to tempt us. The journey of recovery does not entail eradication of our struggles; it has helped us get a better grasp of our shortcomings and the problems that arise but it has not completely taken struggle out of the equation. The work is not over just because we are no longer in a program; we have to stay on our toes and make sure that we are living the safest, healthiest life that we can. This means we must have an awareness that we have to maintain our recovery in order to continue to have a happy life.
The first thing you can do is identify the tempting places and situations that could cause you harm. This could be as simple as knowing that if you go out to a bar with friends, you may end up drinking, or it could be realizing that if you are alone one night, you could resort to using. If you are recovering from an addiction, you know the things and places that added to the probability of you using. If you can think ahead and understand these places, then you can avoid them and plan accordingly to not fall into the trap of relapsing. You can let your friends know that you don’t feel comfortable being in those kinds of situations and ask for them to help find a new activity for you to do. If they are the people you should include in our lives, then they will adjust for you. If not, then that leads to our next point.
Ridding yourself of toxic people and relationships. A lot of our struggles can be partially attributed to certain people that we keep company with. These people may be struggling with their own problems, but their way of dealing with them is dangerous to us. As much as we may see the good buried underneath their toxicity, it is paramount that we keep ourselves safe. Unfortunately, this means we may have to break off from people we may care about. This doesn’t mean we have to completely cut them out of our lives, but we can limit our interactions and encounters with them. In doing so, we can even help them get on their own path to recovery.
We can also try to reduce the stress in our lives. Stress is inherently present in the last two points we have talked about as well, but let’s address it specifically. Find the things in your life that bring added, unnecessary stress to it. It is your job that is overworking you and causing you to feel bouts of anxiety, urges to use? Then you may need to change that; either speak with your supervisor to find a way to improve the situation or leave the job entirely. That latter option is never easy but it just might be necessary. Stress can also come from your family. You may feel obligated to join certain events or behave in a certain way. It is not bad for you to need step away from these things in order to focus on yourself and your health. Your family will, or at least should, understand. If they don’t, then you may need to think about the first thing we mentioned in this article. Find those things that give you more stress than you need and work to either lessen the blow or remove it completely.
After recovery, there are many changes that we have to make. Finding the things that pose a threat to our well-being is of paramount importance on our road to living a better life. Some of those things may be difficult to rid ourselves of, but it is necessary for us. Changing our lifestyles, addressing our toxic relationships, and reducing any stress that is pushing you over the edge. You deserve to be healthy and happy, and you can make the changes necessary to be all of those things. It will be difficult and it may hurt in some ways, but it must be done. You have to keep working to improve and your struggles will diminish. You have the tools to do so; you learned them in recovery. All it takes is a little courage and a lot of motivation, and you can be the best you possible.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]