Addiction has a way of completely derailing your life. In spite of this, leaving the life of drugs, alcohol, etc. behind doesn’t come easily. You are bound to face some challenges as you leave your addiction behind and adjust to a “normal” life, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. Thriving in recovery is possible and Summit Hill Wellness can help!
Here are some tips for a healthy recovery:
Addiction can have a devastating effect on your finances. Develop a financial plan to rein in debt and control your spending, so you can build a solid financial foundation for your new life. The first thing to do is get back into the workforce. Try to focus on roles with a stable routine and opportunities for growth—and make sure it’s something you enjoy! Once you have a steady income, you can start budgeting, pay off debt, and repair damaged credit. Also, try to find ways to drive down your expenses, such as car insurance premiums, so you can put more of your income toward savings and debt repayment.
Addiction also tends to damage relationships. Relationships with people who bring value to your life—whether family or friends—can be incredibly important to your recovery process. According to Psychology Today, the best way to repair relationships is to focus on your progress in recovery and show the people you love that you are making significant changes in your life.
That said, some relationships may be better left broken. Try to avoid spending time with people associated with your addiction. Even if these friends mean well and want to support your recovery, being around them may increase your risk of relapse. Seek out new, sober friends by joining groups or local clubs.
Create Healthy Habits
Adopting healthy habits will make it easier for you to get through recovery, avoid relapse, and enjoy a fulfilling life. A healthy diet, for example, is essential for improving mood, boosting energy, and supporting a good sleep schedule. Start by cutting out processed, sugary snacks and replacing them with healthier options that align with your diet. If you’re avoiding gluten, for example, opt for snacks like avocado egg cups and tuna lettuce wraps. Or if you decide to take the low-calorie route, roasted pumpkin seeds or a Caprese salad can leave you feeling satisfied.
Exercise is also vital in recovery. According to Harvard Medical School, regular exercise can distract you from cravings, relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, add structure to your day, and help you forge positive social connections. Try to engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week. You’ll have an easier time sticking to an exercise plan if you find activities that you enjoy—try hiking, kayaking, playing tennis, or joining a fitness group. You may also consider enrolling in your local YMCA if/when it is safe to do so given the pandemic. This is a great place to make new, health-minded friends and engage in a variety of fitness classes to support your recovery path.
Certain habits can also help you repair damaged self-esteem. Rebuilding your self-esteem will give you the motivation and willpower you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid turning to drugs or alcohol to mask insecurities or provide a false sense of confidence. Learn to forgive yourself for past mistakes and avoid negative self-talk. When you find yourself with a negative thought, stop and reevaluate it to put it in a more positive light.
Most importantly, approach recovery with a slow and steady mindset. Often, people coming out of addiction are eager to take their lives back and charge head-first out into the world, only to become overwhelmed by the staggering change of pace. Take it easy as you progress through recovery. It’s well worth it to give yourself some breathing room as you adjust to your new life.
No matter where you’re at on your recovery journey, Summit Hill Wellness is here to help.