What Is it Like to Live in Recovery?

What Is it Like to Live in Recovery?

Support is essential to recovery

Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a lifelong process and addicts may need varying levels of support at different times throughout their lives. After completing an addiction treatment program the beginning stage of recovery can be the most critical to long-term sobriety. Having a solid plan and numerous tools of support are crucial to avoiding relapse triggers and remaining motivated. Ensuring sobriety in early recovery can be difficult, as it requires addicts to take a wide array of precautions and rely on the support of others. Some common areas to focus on in early recovery can include the following:

  • Develop strong support networks from multiple sources including friends, family and professionals that can aid in overall recovery
  • Plan for how to avoid and deal with relapse triggers, such as who to call for support
  • Plan ways to avoid certain people, places or situations that could trigger a relapse
  • Continue to attend support group meetings or one-on-one sessions even after achieving sobriety

Addicts can also benefit from learning healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with unavoidable situations that may trigger the temptation to use.

Common Pitfalls for Addicts in Recovery

Addicts in recovery commonly experience similar pitfalls that may result in a relapse. In some cases, simply knowing what to watch out for can be helpful during recovery. Some common pitfalls in recovery that addicts are faced with can include the following:

  • Too much responsibility too soon – Many recovering addicts do not take enough time to focus on personal health and instead begin to fill their time with too many responsibilities too soon. Early addiction recovery is a delicate time and taking on too much can trigger a relapse.
  • Isolation – Going it alone or beginning to choose isolation over going out with friends results in too many opportunities to use drugs again.
  • Contacting an old friend who is a current user – Seeing an old drug-using friend or spending any time with current addicts results in unnecessary temptations to use again.
  • Over confidence – Feeling overly confident in one’s ability to resist temptation, or believing certain support groups or meetings are no longer necessary to remain sober typically leads to an unexpected relapse.
  • Focusing on the past – Spending too much time focusing on past mistakes and allowing guilt to overwhelm the recovery process commonly leads to self-pity and relapse.

In the event of a relapse it can be difficult for many to seek out recovery again. It is important to remember that relapse is common for many addicts and it does not have to signal the end of your life in recovery. Instead of dwelling on the relapse, focus on what you can do to regain your recovery, like calling a friend or attending a meeting. Focusing on all that has been accomplished, such as detox, treatment and sobriety, can aid in starting recovery over.

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