Beyond getting sober, recovery entails an inner transformation that can cause you to take a hard look at the way you live. From your housing situation, fashion sense, and career to long-term emotional trajectory, you can take this opportunity to make practical changes in your daily life that add up to a healthier path for recovery.
Create a Daily Routine
Facing the day can be a struggle, especially if you have nothing on your agenda. Think about daily habits and goals you wish to accomplish. This can start with making your bed every morning or going for a walk.
Having a daily routine can give you something to look forward to. Create a morning routine that involves self-care and charging up to take on the day. Having a regular nightly routine can tell your body that it’s time for sleep. Having a routine can help you accomplish habits and work towards long-term goals.
Join a Support Group
After treatment, you still need long-term support. Cornerstone Recovery Center has its very own 12-Step program that you are welcome to join. Joining a group of people who are also in recovery can do wonders for keeping you motivated, from connecting to people who have experienced what you’re going through now to feeling like you’re a part of something important.
Support groups give you something to look forward to every week (or even every day). Most importantly, support groups can hold you accountable. At 12-Step meetings, you’ll be able to seek out a sponsor who can check in with you about your sobriety and recovery while also being someone to lean on when things get tough.
Rebuild Broken Relationships, Scrap Toxic Ones
An unfortunate aspect of addiction is its ability to destroy relationships. Addiction is called a family disease because, while you suffer from the struggles of addiction, so do your loved ones. Chances are, there may have been relationships that were strained as a result, and now that you are in recovery, it’s time to make amends to those you have harmed while in active addiction.
Address where things went wrong and hold yourself accountable for your actions. Some relationships might never recover, and now is the time to make peace with that and grow from the experience.
Additionally, there may be some relationships that you need to let go of for your own health and well-being. These people might include past drug dealers, friends who drank or used with you, and even friends or family who cause unnecessary stress or enable your addiction. It can be tough to end these relationships, but scraping the toxic ones will support your recovery and leave room for future, healthier connections.
Get Legal and Financial Help
Addiction can often damage your finances and get you into legal trouble. Tackle these problems right away as they can compound if left to the wayside. Contact someone to help you with any legal issues you might have concerning fines and court dates. Educate yourself on what needs to be done if you’ve found yourself with a DUI or a suspended license.
Finances are an enormous source of stress and can be a reason why people turn to substance use. Set goals to tackle debt and get back on track. Reaching out and getting the help you need will take some of the weight off of your shoulders.
Take Care of Your Body
Substance use wrecks your body. During treatment, you’ll get useful tips on living a healthier lifestyle, like learning to eat right and exercise daily. Now it’s time to put it all into practice. A healthy body produces a healthy mind. Take time out of your day to move your body. Plan your meals ahead of time to ensure that you are eating well and have time to cook for yourself. Give yourself a moment to calm down and stay grounded. Get plenty of sleep and maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Being mindful of your body and treating it with respect boosts your self-esteem and improves your mental health.
Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Good
You don’t have to be a fashion guru when it comes to dressing well, but the clothes you wear can make a significant impact on your self-esteem. Wear clothes that fit your size. Choose fabrics that make you feel comfortable. Get rid of clothes that you never wear or don’t make you feel great. You’d be surprised how much the clothes on your back can spark confidence when you look in the mirror.
Give Yourself Grace
Sobriety can be tough, especially in the beginning. There will be times when you feel weak or like you can’t handle your problems. There might be times you slip up and relapse or feel yourself spiraling again. Don’t beat yourself up for it. Understand that what you are dealing with is tough. The truth is, you reached out and got help in the first place, and that alone makes you strong. You’re allowed to have setbacks. You’re allowed to fail. Give yourself a moment to reset your priorities, pick up the pieces, and keep going.
Rebuilding your life after treatment can be overwhelming, but it helps to have practical places to start. Starting a new hobby and volunteering can be nice ventures when you’re more stable, but in the early stages of recovery, you have to make difficult changes to a life that wasn’t serving you. Once you’ve got the basics figured out, then you can focus on living life to the fullest. Consider focusing on the things that matter most, like fixing broken relationships and financial woes first. They might not be fun, but they’ll alleviate stresses in your life and leave room for the positives. At Cornerstone Healing Center, we offer aftercare programs that give you advice on rebuilding your life where you left off. We also offer additional support through individual therapy and our very own 12-Step program. If you want to learn more about how to change your life for the better, call us at (800) 643-2108.