When you’re in recovery, you try to commit to a life of sobriety. You change your old ways, especially your attitude. You may also need to change your friends, even move to a different city, if that’s what it takes. The things with recovery is, a change must indeed happen so that it’s harder for you to go back to your life when you were in active addiction.
However, it’s not as easy as it sounds. In fact, there are people who go in and out of rehabs. They experience multiple relapses. This is because rehabilitation, or addiction treatment, doesn’t offer an overnight solution. It’s a combination of many different factors, but most importantly, your attitude or mindset towards your very own unique recovery journey.
To help you get on the right path in your recovery journey so that you can have lasting and even life-long recovery, here are 7 pillars you may want to consider.
7 Pillars of Life-Long Recovery
1. Courage. Being courageous doesn’t mean you don’t fear anything. It means you are scared, but you do it anyway because it’s what should be done. It’s facing yourself in the mirror and acknowledging your faults and weaknesses, that you need help, that you can’t do it alone.
2. Vulnerability. Your greatest growths can stem when you allow yourself to be weak, when you open yourself up to the possibilities of life. This doesn’t mean you’re incapable, but that you give yourself more room to grow as you fortify your strengths.
3. Positive mindset. This starts from being grateful even for the littlest things. Have an attitude of gratitude and you can turn any negative experience into a positive and enriching one.
4. Choosing your battles. There will be situations and people that may discourage you from your commitment to your recovery. Don’t waste your energy on these. Be smart about where you spend your time, emotions, and energy on.
5. Building your self-esteem. Believe in yourself. You’ve gone this far and you can do more. You are on the right path. Sleep well, take care of yourself, and practice this next pillar…
6. Self-love. Take care of yourself. Be healthy, learn new things, fall in love with new hobbies and interests, and just do what’s best for you. Stop listening to negativity and surround yourself with people and things that help make you grow.
7. Faith. There are things in life that you can control–you can only control how you react to them. For everything else, you have to have faith. You con’t have to belong to a religion to do this. Just believing that there is a higher power and that there are things that you can’t control is enough to help put things in perspective for you.
Want to get on the path to recovery? Call or text us at Bridges of Hope: 09175098826.