One thing many people get stuck on when entering recovery is the thought that they are never supposed to drink or use drugs again. Ever. This can be quite a scary thought for former addicts who have gotten in the habit of using in order to cope with challenging situations. For younger patients it can be especially difficult to imagine the rest of their lives going without using. Despite how tough it can be to accept this idea, if the recovering addict works hard to accept it, they could avoid any anxiety that could trigger relapse.
Sobriety Strategy Pro Tip: Make it to Midnight
For many addicts, the first step to recovery requires they accept they have a problem. Some people enter rehab because they were forced either by family, friends, or the legal system. If they don’t attend on their own will, they might still be in denial about their addiction. When a counselor tells them they’ll never drink or use drugs again, they could be thinking in the back of their mind that someday they’ll be able to use in moderation. In reality, the purpose of going through rehab is to learn to live a completely sober lifestyle. The sooner the addict gets on board with this idea, the easier it will be to execute.
Many people don’t want to live the rest of their lives without using—and that’s a common thought. The trick to dealing with that length of time is to break it down. Take it one day at a time rather than looking to the future. This concept will help recovering addicts tremendously if they follow it. For example, rather than thinking about how they won’t be able to have a drink at that friend’s Superbowl party in a month can cause major anxiety. Instead of worrying about that in advance, think about the immediate future. Figure out how to make it through the present day without drinking alcohol or using drugs.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. This is great to practice when going through addiction recovery, as it helps patients focus on the present instead of the future. It will help recovering addicts live in the moment and enjoy their sober lifestyle.
Reset each day with a fresh attitude on life and never forget how sobriety can save lives. If feelings of boredom and frustration arise, reach out to a supportive friend or attend an Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
Dealing with addiction is tough. Treatment Now has a staff of recovery experts who are available to answer any questions. Call today at 844-438-8689.