Recovering from Addiction
Recovery also means making a new life for yourself. Finding new interests, building new relationships and taking better care of yourself will help you replace substance use with a new and better lifestyle. They will also help you avoid things that could make you want to use again.
Make lifestyle changes
A big part of recovery is changing habits that may have led to your substance abuse. It's also a time for personal growth. Below are some lifestyle changes you may want to make.
- Finding new activities and goals: You may decide you want to explore new hobbies and interests or join an activity group to meet new people.
- Building relationships: You may choose to spend more time with loved ones or friends you lost touch with while you were using. You may also want to make new friends. And there may be some friends you'll want to stop seeing because they're still using.
- Exercising and eating well: Getting some physical activity on most days and eating healthy meals with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains can make you feel better. A nutritionist or physical fitness expert can help you.
- Relaxing and getting enough rest: Reducing stress and getting a good night's sleep can also help you feel better. Ask your counselor about meditation, relaxation exercises or stress management classes.
Continuing with Counseling
Working with a counselor will help you decide on the lifestyle changes you want to make. You might also want to start working on things like anger management, problem-solving skills or assertiveness training.
Be aware of your triggers
Triggers are things that make you want to use again. They can be people you used with or places, things and events that make you want to use. Stress and feelings like loneliness, anxiety or depression can also make you want to use again. When you know what your triggers are, you can plan ways to avoid them whenever possible. You can also learn to cope without using.
Once you admit that you have a substance abuse problem, we can help.