Posted on Apr 15, 2006 | Comments 0
Given below are the day-to-day tips for addiction recovery.
Addiction Recovery Tips
Addiction Recovery – Good Habits
Bad habits took time to develop; so do good ones. Take it a day at a time and focus on supplanting the bad habits with good habits. Jot your growth down in a private journal.
Reward your good days and good times with colored marker smiles, stickers, silly color-pencil sketches, etc. And stick with it! Remember, â€œSlow and steady wins the race,â€ not racing through things like the tortoise!
Addiction Recovery – Self-Improvement
Often it is due to the lack of self-esteem, addiction problems gets started and continue. So reach out and continue your education, either formally or informally. Read inspirational materials, watch inspiring movies, videos and DVDs, and listen to self-help tapes.
Through library books, local workshops and online opportunities learn about goal setting, money handling, business skills, time management skills and more. Take charge of your life and be responsible. With learning opportunities available from free to all variety of budget ranges, the time for excuses is over.
Addiction Recovery – Time-Out
This does not refer to the â€œtime outâ€ punishment, like sending a child to stand in the corner at a daycare facility. This is a time-out for yourself and allowing â€œbadâ€ stress to take its course. We know that in reality not everything is perfect. And thatâ€™s OK.
There is no need to get high, drunk or escape in any other unhealthy way every time when the things arenâ€™t perfect. Itâ€™s ok to accept. In other words, itâ€™s OK to feel angry, sad, unhappy or other not so positive feelings sometimes. Thatâ€™s natural and part of life.
However, get with your support team ahead of time and plan pro-active plans for handling these sometimes-difficult matters, instead of turning to negative addictive behaviors. For instance punch a pillow, when you are angry.
When you are sad, shed some tears. Take a time-out break and rest during heavier matters. Have herbal tea and relax. Tell yourself that everything will be OK. And enjoy some relaxing music. Then before you know it, the sun will come back up, and everything will be OK again.
As they say, there is a season for everything. Life is a procedure and each of us has to take the good with the bad and make that proverbial lemonade out of lemons. â€œBadâ€ times may get you down for a while, but turn them around as quickly as you can and reach out for healthier â€œgoodâ€ behaviors.
Addiction Recovery – Stop and Smell the Roses
Life does have a lot to offer. And much is forgotten during stages of addiction. Keep an ongoing list or fun, neat things youâ€™d like to do and use it. Refer to the five senses; sight, taste, touch, smell, sound for some ideas.
For instance your list can include a walk in the park, singing your favorite songs, a swim at a local hotel or YMCA, collecting leaves, sitting on a porch swing with a friend, whistling your favorite tunes, eating your favorite healthy foods, enjoying a warm bubble bath, buying some fresh flowers, lighting a scented candle, preparing a fun snack and sharing it with a friend, playing a board game and walking the dog.
Grab your list and choose an item to do or plan, when youâ€™re bored, anxious, or just need a break.
Addiction Recovery – Be Your Best Friend
Forgive yourself and be a friend to yourself. No one is perfect. Be aware of your inner feelings and take care to find healthy outlets for yourself. For instance, find healthy ways to express anger and healthy outlets for fun.
Have your support network and healthcare professionals on your team to help you t to learn how to manage stress and anything that triggers old addictive behaviors and ways to pop up. And parent yourself by adopting better grooming habits, eating healthier and getting plenty of rest.
If necessary, write down notes for reference, but bring them out as soon as you can and face them so that you can overcome them with healthier alternatives. Forgive yourself and move on, if you are messed up in the meantime. Donâ€™t stay on the negative. Instead, embrace the positive and your new network, support team and resources.
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