Recovery Tips for Staying on Track in the New Year.
The start of a new year is often the time that people think of resolutions that will improve their lives and make them happier. This is especially true for those in recovery. As the new year starts, it can be an excellent time to look for ways to improve your recovery and keep you on track with your long-term addiction goals. You can do things such as finding a support network, make changes to your life and start an exercise routine.
Discovery Point Retreat has assembled a list of healthy tips for staying on track in the new year with your recovery from substance abuse below.
Build an Ample Support Network
One of the key aspects of maintaining a new sober lifestyle and mentality is by surrounding yourself with other people who will support your views and sobriety goals. Long-term recovery from drug or alcohol abuse is made easier when you can rely on others for support when times get tough and challenges become difficult to handle on your own.
If you do not have people you can call when you feel vulnerable to relapse, consider joining an addiction recovery support group or a 12-step program. In these fellowships, one can find ample support that you can rely on when triggers become too much.
Old routines, friends, and places can become a powerful trigger to substance abuse if they are continuously in your life. After beginning your recovery journey, maintaining your sobriety can be equally challenging if you fail to make the necessary lifestyle changes.
In many cases, relapse occurs because the person places themselves in situations that make avoiding relapse difficult, such as seeing drug-abusing friends or visiting a place where alcohol or drug abuse frequently took place.
Staying sober in the new year is about making changes to your life that will help to reduce triggers. Making new friends through support groups, finding new routines and ways to enjoy yourself that removes you from substance-abusing situations, and even just trying something new can be important tips for staying sober in 2020.
Create an Exercise Plan
Exercise is important for anyone in recovery. It has several benefits for a person healing from substance abuse such as improving moods, reducing stress, helping to rebuild the damage that substance abuse caused, and reducing cravings. Exercise can also help to relieve boredom, a known relapse trigger.
Creating an exercise plan is one of the most important health tips for staying on track with your recovery in the new year. Whether it’s a 30-minute daily run or going to the gym a few times a week, create a routine and stick with it to reap the benefits.
A common pitfall for people in recovery is replacing substance use with a different obsessive habit. While having a healthier alternative as opposed to substance abuse is by far better, finding a balance between the many aspects of your life is crucial in long-term recovery.
Recovery is about mindfulness and prioritizing your ongoing health and sobriety. It’s important not to lose control of the things in your life that are meant to help you. By balancing your recovery, family interaction, work, hobbies, and friends, you will lead a happier life and sustain your sobriety.
If you would like to get additional help with your recovery in this new year, contact Discover Point Retreat at (855) 306-8054 today. We are ready to help you make long-term recovery from addiction a reality.