Your recovery from substance use shouldn’t be stagnant. You should constantly be evolving and learning new things as you take it one day at a time. Your progress is in the details. Your main goal is sobriety, but how you go about staying sober is just as important as the end goal. Sober Life wants to help you keep improving in your recovery. Continue reading for more information!
It isn’t about changing just to change, but your recovery should always be evolving. You should have clear goals for your recovery from substance use so you can be working toward those goals on a daily basis. Recovery isn’t just about abstaining from using substances. When you’re in recovery, your whole life is being impacted. Improvement, both short-term and long-term, is about taking small steps toward your goals.
These small steps should be thoughtful and have direction. Instead of doing something that you know will have a large, dramatic change in your recovery, do something small. Why? Large and dramatic changes are often done irrationally and just for the heck of it. Smaller changes are usually more helpful because you aren’t biting off more than you can chew. You know what is best for you and your goals, and you are working toward meaningful change.
These small steps help break down larger, unhealthy habits and help you stick to your newer, healthier habits. Improvement is about manageable and sustainable change. It’s not about changing one day and returning to your old habits the next day. Take a look at how you are improving (or not improving) in your day to day recovery.
Inventory Your Recovery
If you’re ready to make lasting improvements in your recovery, start by taking an inventory of where you are right now. Assess your recovery honestly and accurately. This might be difficult, but it’s important to come to terms with where you are. There are going to be things that you need to work on, but there are also going to be things that you are doing well. Without an inventory of your recovery, you won’t know where to begin improving. Start with your priorities.
This is going to look different from person to person, but a few general priorities are health, work life, and relationships. Ask yourself detailed and thought-provoking questions about all areas of your life. Where can you improve in these areas? Where are you already doing a good job? Take note of any feelings you are having, no matter how small. Your list shouldn’t be all exhausting things you can do to be better.
Try to include some new and exciting ways that you can improve in your recovery in any area of your life. For example, if you are struggling with the relationship aspect of your life, think about a group activity you can do that will get you around like-minded people who may also be in recovery.
Finding common ground here can help. Some of your habits and goals in each area are going to be large things you can tackle. Don’t forget about the smaller wins you may overlook, though. Each and every win, no matter how small, is something to celebrate!
Question Your Recovery
Once you have your recovery inventory, your next goal is going to be questioning each part of your life. In each priority you wrote down, you must take an honest look and decide if you are happy with that area of your life. Are you happy with where your physical and mental health currently are? How could you do better health-wise?
When it comes to work life, do you feel successful and happy with what you have accomplished? Then, there’s relationships. What do healthy relationships look like? Do you have these qualities in your relationships? Take a good amount of time to ponder these questions and more.
Give yourself the space to be honest about how you are feeling in your recovery. If you don’t have any areas that you can improve upon, you probably aren’t taking a close enough look.
Brainstorm Your Recovery
Once you have a good idea of your recovery and how you feel about it, the next step is to brainstorm the next steps. What can you do to challenge yourself to further your recovery? If you can’t think of ways to better yourself in the areas you chose, find some inspiration.
This can be anything from asking a friend for help or researching what others have done to help their recovery. Having a thorough plan of what you can do to improve your recovery is key so that you can figure out next steps and set a time frame. These things are necessary so that you can track your progress and figure out if the things you are doing are actually making your recovery better.
If you’ve found that something isn’t working, switch it up. Once you feel comfortable, take another step. Don’t forget to take a step back every once in a while and reward yourself with some praise. You’ve worked hard to get where you are. Appreciate that!
Sober Life is here to help you improve your recovery. Everyone’s recovery looks different, so it’s up to you to figure out what is best for your life and forge your own path — we can help you get started. Call us today at (619) 542-9542. We offer a wide variety of programs that can be tailored to meet your individual needs. Let us help you find the treatment that works best for you!