Recovery is not an over-night success. There’s no one-time cure for life-long recovery. It’s actually a long process wherein pitfalls and obstacles are common.
Recovering from addiction, whether it’s substance addiction or addiction to certain behaviors such as gambling or shopping, is a long-process. It’s arduous and wrought with many difficulties. Some falter and only a very lucky few can perhaps say that it’s been a breeze.
For those who are in recovery, or you have a loved one who’s been struggling with their own recovery journey, these 10 R’s of Recovery may help serve as a guide.
10 R’s of Recovery
- Recognize. First, you have to know that you can’t do it alone and that you don’t have what it takes to succeed in your personal recovery journey alone. While it’s your own journey, you would need help from others.
- Remember. Remember how your life was while you were in active addiction. How hard it was and what you went through–what you made your loved ones go through as well. May these serve as a strong reminder for you to keep going.
- Reconnect. When you were in active addiction, you may have hurt the people close to you. You may have alienated them. This is the time to show them the real you, without the addiction, and relate with them once more.
- Rebuild. Many things may have been damaged by your addiction and decisions in the past. Now is the time to fix these. Whether the damages are material or emotional, whether it’s towards your home or your relationships, this is the time to build from the rubble with new hope and determination.
- Realize. Open your mind and heart to new things, to new learning, to revelations and realizations. These may be liberating, painful, or difficult. Still, you have to go through these and learn in the process.
- Remove. Remove yourself from any situation that will compromise your sobriety and recovery. This requires a lot of conviction and commitment. Completely remove yourself from your old life in order to sustain your recovery.
- Retain. Keep the lessons you have learned while you were in treatment, as well as all the things you’ve learned while you were going through the ups and downs of recovery. Some lessons are learned the hard way, and you must take these lessons as you go through your personal recovery journey.
- Renounce. Renounce your old life. This means saying goodbye to old friends who were with you while you’re in active recovery. Renounce your old hangouts and your comfort zone.
- Renew. You are living another life, a new life. For some, this could be their second life. Some who are in addiction may not even be so fortunate to get help. Now is a new life, and yet everyday, you have to renew your commitment to this life of recovery and sobriety.
- Rejoice. Be happy and grateful for the fact that you are now in recovery. That you have made that difficult choice and gotten through the process. While it’s an on-going journey, appreciate how far you’ve come and make everyday a celebration of this new life that you have.