First, congratulations! You must be visiting this page because you have successfully finished your road to recovery. Well, the first part that is.
Recovery is a lifelong thing – so, first, you rid yourself of the addiction and enter rehabilitation. Then, once you successfully complete your rehabilitation program, you enter into the process of staying sober – which is the part of recovery that is lifelong. Of course, you have technically recovered from your addiction, but you are still actively working to stay sober. And, we want that recovery success to last forever.
But, overcoming any kind of addiction to illicit or prescription drugs or alcoholism can be very difficult in many respects. Not only do you go through a detox period, but you have to basically rewire your body to live without it again when you were used to living with it for so long. And, this takes some getting used to…
Therefore, it is important that you stay healthy and find productive ways to build your body back up and become the healthier, happier version of your new and improved self.
So, now let’s look out how you can support a lifelong recovery:
- Stay Active. Always.
Staying active is great for lifelong recovery for so many reasons: it helps promote a healthy body and a healthy mind, but it also helps keep you busy which can help you stay on track.
Being active doesn’t mean you have to become a marathon runner, but, you could join a local sports team that is just a hobby or you could pick up something like golf and make new friends there to play with regularly. The options are endless – just find something you like or think you will like and give it a try.
- If you are hungry, then eat.
Oftentimes, when we are focused on getting healthy and starting a new life we tend to not always eat when we are hungry. Either we are just too busy or we are letting ourselves purposefully get hungry as part of a diet.
However, for a recovering addict especially, hunger can be dangerous. Hunger causes you to get angry, causes you to feel tired, and can cause you to give into your emotions easier. In turn, this could mean giving into the temptation of drugs or alcohol. So, if you are hungry find a healthy snack to fill the void like fruits or vegetables.
- Sleep, sleep, sleep. Of course, don’t sleep all day. But, ensure you are getting enough sleep so that you always feel your best.