When life takes off it is easy to lose sight of gratitude. It can be hard to remember that everything in life is a gift, even the difficulties and challenges. Being able to face challenges head on, while staying clean and sober, is something to be grateful for. Though it can feel like a burden, it is always a blessing to be alive and able to live.
- Don’t Stop Your Recovery: You can take most components of treatment with you after treatment is over. If treatment wasn’t part of your recovery journey, there are endless ways to create a living recovery program which will help you heal from mental health or addiction issues as you learn to live a recovery lifestyle. Continuing to work with a therapist, regularly visit a psychiatrist (if needed) and maintain personal care is important for recovery. Recovery is not a temporary experience to quit maladaptive behaviors, drug addiction, or alcoholism, in addition to other compulsive issues which could cause harm. Recovery is an ongoing lifestyle of caring for mind, body, and soul.
- Avoid Hanging Out With Old Friends: Returning home to old friends and old ways of living can be a trigger for relapse. Commonly, your friends and family will be supportive of your recovery. When people truly care about your well being, they are encouraging of any initiative you take to better yourself, especially when you are focused on healing from potentially life threatening situations. However, everyone is on an individual journey of their own. It’s possible many of your friends as well as family have mental health issues of their own or are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Even without a level of dysfunction present, it’s possible your home environment is not as aware and focused on total healthy healing that way that you are now. Limit the time you spend with toxic family members or friends. Get connected to local twelve step meetings and healing environments, if there are any. You will continue to learn that life in recovery, and life in general, is always full of choices to make.
- Gain Responsibility Slowly: One of the biggest mistakes people make in returning home after treatment is diving head first into life. Returning to work, school, commitments, and opportunities cannot always be avoided. Life in treatment is myopic, structured, and intentionally slow. Life moves fast. It can feel like a headspin to try and keep up. Long term treatment which gradually decreases structure and accountability is helpful in better preparing you for transitioning back into fully independent life.
Hired Power specializes in recovery services which make your transitions into and out of treatment effortless. Our recovery assistants and after care recovery monitoring programs help you bring recovery home and make life in recovery sustainable. For information, call us today at 800-910-9299.