Recovery can be hard but it is well worth it. It is a lifelong process with many stages along the way. Not everyone goes through the same steps at the same time. Some start the recovery process with Detox which is stopping use and coping with the withdrawal symptoms in a safe way. With some drug of choices this is a must. Some people begin their recovery process with impatient treatment. Whatever the beginning, it means stopping harmful habits and taking a new approach to life.
Some important things to remember are:
- Begin a new life – change people, places and things that you associated with your life before you began the recovery process.
- Learn to be open and honest. Share your feelings with a trusted friend or counselor. Don’t keep things bottled up.
- Find a support system. Be it a counselor, support group (we have listed some for you on the Meetings in our area page), family.
- Avoid hasty decisions, take it slow. Before making any major changes carefully go over the pros and cons even make a list of them to review.
- Take time to reflect and examine and work on things that need to be addressed.
- Find a new interest, start a new hobby, participate in a sport, make some new friends.
- Be aware of other addictive behaviors, don’t replace one addiction with another.
- Most importantly don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed! Remember Recovery is a process and sometimes the road to recovery has many turns, sometimes help is needed to get through the hard times.
What can recovery mean?
- Freedom from a dependence that had control over you.
- Improved physical and mental health.
- Functioning more effectively in the community.
- Healthy and improve relationships that may have been strained with addiction.
- Financial security, no longer suporting the addiction.
- Pride in accomplishments.