It’s always hard to begin a new chapter of your life that you haven’t yet entered. To be on the edge of something new and different, not knowing what’s going to happen. Addiction recovery is like that for many people because they’ve gotten so used to old ways and habits of living – for example, a person who has battled alcoholism may find that recovery is daunting because this means they will no longer drink. Even though it’s scary, however, it’s a process that could completely change a person’s life for the better. Those who choose to stop before they ever start will find that their lives continue to carry on in a way that doesn’t truly make them happy – yet those who are willing to embrace what awaits them will reap many benefits.
Common fears for those entering addiction recovery are:
- “What if I can’t handle sobriety?”
- “What if I’m no fun anymore?”
- “How am I supposed to lead a life that I haven’t led before?”
- “What if I relapse?”
- “What if I fail?”
- And more
While these concerns are certainly valid, they’re not worthing stopping you from proceeding. Sobriety is going to be a journey filled with ups and downs, but it’s manageable. People have done this before. There are many before you who have gone down the road of sobriety and have succeeded. And if you don’t? If you relapse – you will be fine. You will learn over time that relapse is meant to teach you important recovery lessons about what you need and what isn’t working in treatment so far. The only aspect of failing is to not try at all. So as long as you try, you’re succeeding – because you’re learning.
If you can’t picture yourself leading a life of sobriety, it’s important to remember that not everything is meant to be seen beforehand. Perhaps you don’t know what the road to recovery will look like for you, but you’ll be able to embark on it anyways by having faith and hope that you’ll come across the right resources, the right people, and at the right time – for healing. At Avalon Malibu, you have an entire team of people who will support you on your journey so you won’t be alone. You’ll be able to attend many group sessions, individual therapy sessions, and holistic practices such as yoga, meditation, art therapy, massage therapy, music therapy and more to help you become more acclimated to the program.
Have you ever heard of the “self-fulfilling prophecy”? If not, it’s about having certain thoughts about a future event and how you think about it, will attract it. So if you’re thinking negatively about how your recovery will go, you may attract more negative experiences because you’re subconsciously seeking it out without realizing it. Go into addiction recovery with an open heart and mind, and you’ll find that the entire journey goes much more smoothly.
Another important piece of information to remember is that the healthcare team at True Recovery is here to support you, not to hinder you. Nobody wants you to fail. Everybody wants you to succeed. Believe that you have a strong support system with people who really want to see you overcome what’s been holding you back – because it’s true. For those individuals entering recovery without a strong support system, it’s important to know that support doesn’t always have to come from friends or family. Sometimes it may come from a new friend that you meet from treatment. Other times, it may come from your therapist. You never know – but you also won’t know until you go.
For those with anxiety, there are several mental health strategies that can be used to overcome some of the negative thoughts and doubt that plague the mind:
- Start by taking a deep breath in, and reminding yourself that you’re about to embrace a new experience that will take you on a path towards better, healthier living.
- Close your eyes and envision your recovery going well. Imagine meeting friendly faces, being supported in everything that you do and that you have enough tools and resources to push through.
- As you breathe in and out, envision the light and positivity from these great future experiences coming into you. As you keep breathing in, you become stronger and more confident than you did before.
Continue practicing this exercise so that you can find balance and peace within your mind, body, and spirit. Beginning recovery is always going to be a nerve-wracking experience because it’s something new – but with a positive attitude and a willingness to push forward, you’ll find that you’re more capable of anything you ever could’ve dreamt of.
If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, speak with a professional at True Recovery today. It’s never too late to seek out the life you’ve always wanted. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.