As much as we wish there was, there is no magical cure to addiction. We can’t just snap our fingers and cure our withdrawal symptoms. We have to go through the process of detox. The same concept goes for recovery. We have to go through the entire process of recovery, and it’s a lifelong process.
The Recovery Process
Addiction recovery is not an easy process, but it’s worth it. It will take discipline and practice to maintain sobriety to maintain sobriety. It’s common for there to be bumps along the road. The most important part of the recovery process is learning how to manage your new lifestyle.
Tips to Maintain Recovery
- Know your “why.”
Everyone has a “why.” Why did they choose sobriety? For some, it may be because of their family. For others, it may be their career. And for others still, they may have just chosen a better lifestyle. Whatever your “why” is, use that motivation to keep you going, especially through the hard times. Everyone goes through ups and downs in their life, so we all need a reminder of why we do what we do.
- Stability is important.
Because recovery is a lifelong process, we recommend you create a consistent schedule for yourself. Having a job or a career that you love will significantly help with that consistency. It will give you a steady income. If you don’t have a job that you love right now, that’s okay. Sometimes it takes a little longer to find that passion or life calling.
- Manage your stress.
Stress is a major trigger for substance abuse and relapse. Incorporating yoga, meditation, or both into your daily routine is a great stress management method. Here at Holland Pathways, we offer yoga every morning. Taking care of your body is another great method of stress management. Planning healthy meals, going for walks, and getting plenty of sleep are also essential to stress management. When you take care of yourself, you feel better.
- Love yourself.
Everyone makes mistakes, so give yourself a break. You’ve made the decision to change your life and go through recovery, so be proud of yourself. Self-care and self-love are extremely important to recovery. Whether self-care means reaching out to friends and family, going for a walk, or reading a book, find time to take care of yourself.
Holland Pathways will be there for you for every step during your addiction recovery process. We have a variety of treatment programs, including Outpatient Treatment, where patients will be able to practice relapse prevention techniques.