A New You – Starting Fresh After Combatting Addiction

Contrary to popular belief, addiction recovery doesn’t come to an end the moment you complete the course of treatment. Even if you work with the most outstanding drug addiction counsellors on Harley Street, it is what comes next that will make all the difference in the world. The reason being that while kicking an addiction in the first place is difficult enough, actually starting fresh getting your life back on track can be even more of a challenge. Along with the inevitable withdrawal symptoms and cravings you will feel along the way, you also have to work hard to rebuild your life and to a large extent start again from scratch.

On the plus side, a proactive and positive attitude from day one can make things exponentially easier. Make no mistake about it, ‘easy’ doesn’t come into the equation, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be as daunting and difficult as you may think.

Here’s a quick overview of just a few tips and guidelines from the experts that may improve your likelihood of succeeding:

Slow and Steady

First of all, it’s important not to build your expectations too high, with regard to how quickly you can expect to rebuild and return to your life.  Even if you have all the motivation and optimism in the world, simply diving back into things as if nothing ever happened may not be a realistic prospect. While there’s nothing to say that you cannot immediately begin living life to its fullest, you need to be sure that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. The simple fact of the matter is that what you have been through will have had an impact on both you and those around you – getting things back on track may demand a slower and steadier pace.

Repairing Damage

While there’s a good chance many of your closest friends and family members will treat you no differently than before and act like nothing happened, there may be plenty of people who aren’t quite so warm and welcoming. Exactly how many bridges were burned will always vary significantly from one case to the next, but chances are you’ll have to deal with a certain amount of animosity.  Suffice to say, the very worst thing you can do is brush it all to one side and act like it isn’t a problem. Just as soon as you have the time and confidence to do so, make sure that you are the person to begin once again building bridges and relationships where necessary.

Discuss Expectations

Rather than simply assuming you know what those around you expect of you during your on-going recovery, it is a much better idea to bring the subject out into the open. Discussing expectations means not only being made aware of what is expected of you now, but also discussing your actions and choices in the past. The simple fact of the matter is that you may not be the same person or in the same position you were at the height of your addiction or during your treatment program. As such, you have no idea how you are perceived by others or what they expect of you – unless you are willing to discuss the subject openly.

Choose Friends Wisely

It goes without saying that anyone with any regard whatsoever for your recovery will not allow you to be placed in a position where you are likely to relapse. Nevertheless, they may also not be able to keep you away from certain individuals you yourself choose to spend your time with. This is where it becomes important to choose your friends wisely – those that will not proactively assist your recovery need to be excluded from consideration altogether.

Stay Busy

There is absolutely nothing that can destroy any amount of progress whatsoever quite like boredom. Quite simply, if you find yourself in a position where you have nothing to do, you’ll have far too much time to think about your current position, are far more likely to fall into frustration and/or depression and are ultimately more likely to relapse. Staying busy as a means by which to assist your recovery means finding literally anything whatsoever you can do to pass the time, that will keep your mind off the kinds of things you shouldn’t be doing.

Focus On Your Health

Last but not least, you’ll find every step of the recovery process significantly easier if you ensure you look after your health at all times.  From a sensible diet to plenty of sleep to daily exercise and so on, you need to give your body everything it needs to repair damage as quickly and efficiently as possible.  While you may feel the urge to do as little as possible and put your health on the back burner, this is in fact the very worst thing you can do.

 

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