Staying Positive During Addiction Recovery
1) Identify your personal relapse triggers and avoid triggering people, places and things – The less stressed you feel, the more positive you will be. One of the most stress-inducing parts of early recovery is feeling triggered – fortunately, triggers can be successfully avoided (for the most part). When they cannot be avoided, having a solid set of coping mechanisms in place will be essential. In inpatient treatment you will begin developing your personal relapse prevention skills, and you will be allowed the opportunity to apply these skills in real life situations once you transition on to sober living. With all of this practice under your belt you can rest assured that no matter what adverse circumstances or situations you encounter in early recovery, you will be able to make it through unscathed.
2) Working on building healthy relationships with other like-minded men and women – Addiction is a disease of isolation. While you were actively grappling drug addiction, you likely pushed away your loved ones and spent the majority of your time alone. One of the most important parts of recovery is learning how to interact with others in a healthy and productive way. Building healthy relationships will help you stay positive in addiction recovery for several reasons. First of all, friendships are important. Learning to rely on others when you are feeling down is a skill – a skill that you will inevitably learn in recovery. Friends will be able to lift you out of slumps and keep you out of your own head. Avoid isolation and stay involved in your recovery community, and you will have an easier time warding off negative thoughts and feelings.