Recovering addicts are always at risk of relapsing. Statistically, many people will relapse and it can be really tough. All of your efforts at getting sober have been wasted. But that doesn't have to be you. You can stay sober and positive while in recovery, giving yourself a better shot at staying clean and having a stable life.
How to Stay Positive While in Recovery
We're going through the top tips we have to stay positive in recovery. It's not enough to just quit the substance-- you must truly work to discover and pursue what makes you happy. Being sober alone will not provide a sense of purpose or happiness. Read on to find out how you can cultivate a positive attitude while you are in recovery.
Try new things that you think you might like.
During recovery, it's important to keep your mind occupied. This will give you something you enjoy to do so you're not wandering around in a void, obsessing or focusing on your substance of choice. This is a good time to discover new hobbies and things you might like to do. Think about activities you might like to try, such as ship building, Ultimate Frisbee, bowling, or reading. You may find that you really look forward to participating in these types of activities.
Prioritize your relationships and apologize to those you have hurt.
Chances are that when you weren't in recovery, your relationships may have suffered. That's to be expected. Don't rush into getting them the way that they used to be-- put some effort into reaching out, extending apologies where you have hurt others. Try to mend relationships and make the people in your life a priority. Perhaps you will realize that you enjoy making friends and spending time with people socializing.
Maintain your diet, sleep, and physical health.
Avoid negative moods and substitute your former lifestyle with a new and healthier one. Taking care of yourself will help reinforce all the positive efforts that you are making to be a healthier, happier person. Exercise regularly and find new ways to do so. Make sure you are getting good rest and eating properly. Nutrition and exercise can play a big role in how good your brain feels.
Now is the time to give back to others. You may find a new sense of purpose in volunteering or providing services such as working at the local animal shelter if you love caring for animals. It'll help keep you busy but also boost your spirits significantly. Helping others really does feel good.
Continue going to meetings and communicating with your sponsor.
It is so important while recovering to continue to go to meetings and keep communicating with your sponsor. Anything that keeps you focused on recovery and your spirits up, keeping you talking and sharing and progressing, is good. You want to be accountable to others as well as yourself--maintain that positive mind frame and reinforce it as much as you can.
Do a spiritual activity that feels good to you.
It could be connecting with a loved one who has passed, praying, meditating, or going to your temple or church. Connecting to something that is meaningful to you, pursuing practices that you find soothing or strengthening, may be able to help you while you are in recovery.
Try to cultivate appreciation.
Appreciating what you have instead of focusing on what you lack is a valuable skill to learn! Having gratitude for being alive and all the beautiful things in your life will help you stay in a positive place, which will aid you in recovery and be a vital part of staying sober.