Addiction changes you, affects your body, your mind, and your soul. Many addicts find it hard to go back to living life normally, but it can be done. The climb to recovery may be rocky and steep but there are also many addicts who have successfully finished the journey and are living every day without succumbing to cravings of going back to their old habits.
To keep you on the right track to recovery from addiction, here are 5 ways that can help you stay motivated and determined to get better.
1. Make an assessment and change your direction
Sit down and take some time to put in black and white the things that the addiction has done to you. What changes in your body were caused by the addiction? Do you see or feel any obvious effects it made on your body? Did your addiction hurt you mentally? Does it give you anxiety, make you feel depressed, shamed, or embarrassed? What about your relationships? Did you lose touch of important people in your life because of your addiction? How did you addiction affect your job? Your financial status? Did you lose a lot of money in order to sustain your addiction?
You are definitely in a different place now in terms of the condition of your body, your relationships, and your work. Identifying the changes in your life because of the addiction and seeing it in black and white will reinforce your will to change and get better. Now make a list of the changes that you would like to make in your life. Writing down your commitment to recover from addiction will give you something that will motivate you in those bad days when you just can’t help but want a quick fix.
2. Seek professional and personal support for yourself
Professional medical support and the support from your loved ones and family will definitely guide you and help you keep motivated as you recover from addiction. During this time it is important for you to communicate to have someone that you can trust where you can communicate openly about your feelings, your good days and your bad days, and especially those time when you feel like the temptation is so overwhelming that you want to go back to your addiction.
Having someone there to cheer you on and guide you will help keep you on track. Look for local institutions or groups that can provide the support that you need depending on the type of addiction that you had. Go into therapy with your family or loved ones so that they also will understand exactly what you are going through so that they will be able to provide the proper support you need.
3. Identify your triggers and know how to manage them
Depending on the type of addiction that you have, there are certain situations that brings out the cravings in you to give in again to your addiction. You have to be aware of these triggers and try very hard to steer clear of them. Do not risk being tempted into being addicted again even if you think you are strong enough now to say no. If your life habits before involves any of these triggers, change your routine.
4. Keep yourself healthy
Your mind and your body took quite a toll because of your addiction and during the detoxification. You should eat healthier and exercise so that your body can recover from the negative effects of the addiction to your body. If you are not into the habit of exercising, start now. Exercise can help boost your physical and mental health and it can be a good distraction when you are tempted to give in to the addiction to make yourself feel better. Exercise when you feel the urge!
5. It’s has been a long and hard journey, reward yourself
Being able to recover your addiction is a very big accomplishment and you should reward yourself. For sure you have been punishing yourself over and over when you were addicted, this time do something nice for yourself. Take that relaxing trip that you have been wanting to get or treat yourself and your loved one to an expensive dinner. You have been given a second chance to have a better life, its cause to celebrate!