How to Make your Home Recovery Focused
Your home is your safe zone. Home is where you rest, eat, read, work, think, and relax. Home should not be a trigger to return back to drinking or using drugs. You need to take certain precautions to protect your recovery and avoid relapse.
Get rid of reminders of drinking or drug use.
You can’t move forward if you are constantly reminded of drugs and alcohol. This may mean disposing of empty or full alcohol bottles and paraphernalia. Getting rid of reminders may also mean rearranging your furniture or getting rid of certain clothing. Whatever may remind you of using substances should be removed from your home to lesson triggers and reminders.
Consider going through your contact list.
You may not be able to get rid of everyone from your life or work who uses. However, you might have some control over your contacts. Deleting drug dealer phone numbers is a good first step to reducing triggers from these types of contacts.
Be careful about the company you keep.
Remember, you may not be able to cut everyone from your life, nor do you need to. Work, schedules, and careers may prevent you from avoiding all people who use or drink. In your free time, you would benefit from limiting time with people who are not supportive of your recovery. You can do this by connecting with positive, sober people. You may be able to meet positive influences at meetings and groups. You need positive influences as often as you can get them.
Replace triggering reminders with positive influences.
You can do this in several ways:
- Uplifting art in your home
- Scheduling time with friends, family, and sober support
- Putting notes of encouragement around your home
- Replace old behaviors with positive actions i.e. gym, a nice meal, etc.
At the end of the day, your home is your sanctuary. You can set the tone for your day by what you wake up and see in your home. You can even get better rest at night, by having a safe home environment. You have to live there. Relapse proof your home and make your environment a safe haven.
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