Recovery is a lifelong process that is not easy, but does not need to be miserable. Treatment teaches you how to replace old habits of using drugs or alcohol with healthy new ones. Gradually, you will begin to experience the full joy of sobriety. Living substance free will help you discover more about yourself such as your interests, hobbies, skills, and potential. A new substance-free life will allow you to have fun and explore your strengths and ambitions.
Recovery can be difficult, but there are ways to stay happy and healthy in the process.
- Avoid reminders associated with your substance abuse. Surround yourself with positive people who can provide encouragement during recovery. Spend time with positive, sober people and develop healthy new relationships. Meet people in recovery at group meetings who can be valuable for suggestions, advice, and encouragement.
- Find new healthy ways to have fun. In recovery, the old habits of using drugs or alcohol will be replaced with new healthy ones. The time that was occupied with getting high or drinking alcohol will be replaced with things that will keep you happy and healthy. Find and use your interests and skills to occupy your mind. Focus on your creative arts skills. Visit historical places, museums, or national landmarks. Go to group therapy and foster new relationships. Do something that makes you happy and healthy.
- Take care of yourself first and be grateful for everything. Take the time to focus on you and get to know yourself for who you are. Staying happy and healthy in recovery means sometimes you need to say no to people, invitations, or events. Never feel guilty for declining something that interferes with taking care of you first.
Negative thoughts and stress can make it difficult to cope. Always be grateful for the little things…sunshine, a nice gesture, or having a nice meal. Taking care of yourself first, avoiding people, places, and things associated with your substance abuse, and finding new healthy ways to have fun will lead to a more comfortable and successful recovery.
“My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last.”
If you or a loved one struggle with addiction, get help now. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 888-855-6877